We all know that the quality of the internet here in India leaves much to be desired. Therefore, there are frequent cases of users who need to deal weekly – some even every day – with signal drops or connection well below the contracted speed.
And it is in non-availability situations that many call for alternative methods, such as turning a device into a hotspot.
Most of the time, the device in question is always a mobile device, such as tablet and smartphone. What many people may not know is the possibility of using the desktop for this purpose.
For example, use the hotel Wi-Fi you’re hosting to ensure the best connection speed in your portable gadgets; Or when you want to share your home’s Wi-Fi with others but do not want to use your password – or if your router does not have a guest mode.
These are just two of the options when opening a direct connection point on your computer. And enabling this feature in Windows 10 through the latest Creators update is very simple, allowing up to eight devices to connect simultaneously to the same network.
There are two ways to turn your PC into a hotspot. The first is as follows: In the taskbar, click the notifications icon in the lower right-hand corner next to the clock, and look for “Mobile Hotspot”.
The problem with this method is that you should not know the name and password of your hotspot. This is where the second way comes in: open the settings menu, go to “Network and the Internet” and then “Mobile Hotspot.”
Right at the top of the screen, there is an option for you to enable or disable the feature. Below you will see “Share my internet connection from” to select what type of connection you use on your PC – whether Wi-Fi or cable.
Right after that is where you will put the name and password of your connection, generated automatically by Windows, but you can change it by clicking the “Edit” button.
Finally, you can still allow a device to use your computer’s hotspot via Bluetooth. Simply turn on the option at the bottom of the page, allowing other devices with the technology to connect when paired with the PC.
Important: Make a note of the name and password of your connection always to have them in hand. When doing this process directly in the settings, whenever you want to connect the hotspot, just follow the shortcut in the notification center in the taskbar.