Top 3 Ways to Create/Build/Set up A Free Wi-Fi Hotspot on Windows 10/8.1/8/7/XP/Vista

Feb. 14, 2017 / Updated by Bessie Shaw to Tips
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Wi-Fi sharing becomes necessary in our daily life and creating a free Wi-Fi hotspot is much helpful, such as you can share internet connection with other portable phones and iPads. It’s easy to build your own Wi-Fi hotspot at home or create a public Wi-Fi hotspot on a computer. In this post, you will learn top 3 ways to set up a free Wi-Fi hotspot on Windows laptop, desktop, notebook or hybrid device.

The methods vary between different Windows OS. Try one of them according to your own Windows OS. We recommend the first one because its’ much easier and it works on all, including Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows XP and Windows Vista.

Top 1. Turn Your Computer into A Free Wi-Fi Hotspot on Windows 10/8.1/8/7/XP/Vista

Top 2. Create A Wi-Fi Hotspot on Windows 7

Top 3. Build a Wi-Fi Hotspot on Windows 8/8.1/10

Bonus Tip: How to Create A Wi-Fi Hotspot on Mac/MacBook

Top 1. Turn Your Computer into A Free Wi-Fi Hotspot on Windows 10/8.1/8/7/XP/Vista

The all-in-one and also the one-stop solution to create a free Wi-Fi hotspot (access point) on a computer is to use a Wi-Fi Hotspot creator. Such software or app can help to quickly create the hotspot with just one click. You can try OSToto Hotspot to build a free Wi-Fi Hotspot on any laptop, notebook, or desktop with a wireless adapter. Thus all Wi-Fi enabled devices like iPhone, iPad, Samsung Galaxy, LG G4, etc. can join the Wi-Fi hotspot.

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OSToto Hotspot is safe and free. It supports all Windows OS, like Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows XP and Windows Vista. And it works on all computers of brands, including:

Create Wi-Fi Hotspot on Asus laptop

Build Wi-Fi Hotspot on Asus Nexus 7

Build Wi-Fi Hotspot on Dell laptop

Create Wi-Fi Hotspot on Dell xps

Build Wi-Fi Hotspot on Dell Inspiron 15r

Build Wi-Fi Hotspot on Dell Venue Pro

Create Wi-Fi Hotspot on Dell Latitude

Create Wi-Fi Hotspot for Dell Inspiron n5010

Set up Wi-Fi Hotspot for Dell Inspiron 1545

Set up Wi-Fi Hotspot on Acer laptop

Make Wi-Fi Hotspot on Acer Aspire

Build Wi-Fi Hotspot on Acer netbook

Create Wi-Fi Hotspot on HP laptop

Build Wi-Fi Hotspot for HP Pavilion

Create Wi-Fi Hotspot for HP Pavilion g6

Set up Wi-Fi Hotspot for HP Pavilion dv6

Build Wi-Fi Hotspot for HP 430

Build Wi-Fi Hotspot for HP Probook

Turn on Wi-Fi Hotspot on Samsung laptop

Turn on Wi-Fi Hotspot on Sony Vaio

Build Wi-Fi Hotspot on Sony laptop

Create Wi-Fi Hotspot on Lenovo y50

Build Wi-Fi Hotspot on Lenovo Thinkpad

Create Wi-Fi Hotspot on Lenovo laptop

Build Wi-Fi Hotspot on Toshiba laptop

Make Wi-Fi Hotspot on IBM

Make Wi-Fi Hotspot on Alienware

Build Wi-Fi Hotspot on Compaq

Create Wi-Fi Hotspot on Gateway

Build Wi-Fi Hotspot on LG

Create Wi-Fi Hotspot on Microsoft computer

Build Wi-Fi Hotspot on MSI computer

And more


Here is how to use OSToto Hotspot to make a free Wi-Fi Hotspot on your computer without wireless router.

Step 1. After you download and install OSToto Hotspot on your computer, launch it.

Step 2. This Wi-Fi Hotspot Maker will automatically start a Wi-Fi hotspot for your computer.

wifi hotspot creator for windows

You can modify the Wi-Fi name and password. OSToto Hotspot has the WPA2 for password protection to keep freeloaders out.

Note: Since desktop PCs don’t have build-in wireless cards, you need to install a wireless adapter (like a USB wireless LAN card) in order to create a Wi-Fi hotspot on your desktop.

You can freely blacklist any connected devices as you like, test network speed, timing shutdown, switch to different wireless network sharing modes, and do more with this Wi-Fi hotspot utility.

Top 2. Create A Wi-Fi Hotspot on Windows 7

Thanks to the “Virtual WiFi” technology that’s built into Windows 7 and up, you can convert your computer into a Wi-Fi hotspot without software, which we always call it “share an internet connection between wireless machines with an ad hoc network” in Windows 7.

Without the help of software and wireless router, you can create an ad hoc network in Windows 7 to share Wi-Fi connection with other Wi-Fi enabled devices. Still if you prefer much easier solution, try Top 1.

Note: Wireless adapter is not detected on computer? The problem lies in the wireless adapter driver. Try to fix the wireless driver.

Little Tip: What’s the Ad Hoc Network

An ad hoc network is a local area network you can build spontaneously in a pinch, which allows computers and other devices to communicate directly with each other within a small radius. The ability to create an ad hoc network has been in-built into Windows XP and up. You can use this feature to share internet connection with other wireless devices.

Here is how to use this ad hoc network feature to transform your Windows 7 computer into a Wi-Fi hotspot to share internet connection.

Step 1. Open the Manage Wireless Networks window. You can click on the Start menu and type “wireless” into the Search box and select “Manage Wireless network".

manage wireless networks

Step 2. Click on the “Add” button to add a wireless network.

add a wireless network

Step 3. Click on “Create an ad hoc network” and you will get a message instructing you of what and ad hoc network is. Click on “Next”.

Step 4. Enter a name and passphrase for the network and it’ll appear in the list of wireless networks.

name the wifi hotspot

Be sure to activate the “Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s internet connection” checkbox.

With the steps above, you can build outdoor or indoor Wi-Fi hotspot on your Windows 7 computer anywhere and share your internet connection with other Wi-Fi enabled devices.

Top 3. Build a Wi-Fi Hotspot on Windows 8/8.1/10

For whatever reason, Microsoft has removed the graphical wizard that allows you to create an ad-hoc wireless network in Windows 8 and up. However, you can still set up the Wi-Fi hotspot on Windows 8, 8.1 and 10 using commands. It requires more steps and if you prefer one-click solution, try OSToto Hotspot in Top 1.

Here is how:

Step 1. Press the Windows + R key combination to bring up a run box. Type ncpa.cpl and hit enter.

run box

Step 2. When the network connections open, right-click on your wireless network adapter and select properties from the context menu.

wifi properties

Step 3. In the Sharing tab of the pop-up window, tick the “Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s Internet connection” box.

Step 4. Now right-click in the bottom left of your screen to launch an administrative command prompt.

command prompt admin

Step 5. In the command editing window, enter the following command like:

netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=“OSToto Hotspot” key=“12345678”

The ssid is the name of your network and the key is the password. You can freely name them like the above command.

ssid and key command

Step 6. After you set everything, press enter and the system will create a Wi-Fi hotspot. You need to enter the following command to start the Wi-Fi connection. This helps to tell you things like the channel you are on as well as the number of clients connected to your network.

The command you need to type is:

netsh wlan start hostednetwork

Bonus Tip: How to Create A Wi-Fi Hotspot on Mac/MacBook

Like Windows PCs, your Mac can function as a wireless hotspot, allowing you to connect your other devices to it and share its internet connection. This is very helpful if your Mac is connected to a wired network interface via Ethernet.

The Wi-Fi hotspot option is part of the “Internet Sharing” feature in Mac OS X. You can find it in the System Preferences window. Click the Apple menu, select System Preferences and click the Sharing icon. Select the “Internet Sharing” option in the list and choose the Internet connection you want to share with the devices. Then follow the wizard to set up a Wi-Fi hotspot access point on Mac computer, like MacBook, iMac, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Mac mini, Mac Pro, etc.

wifi hotspot on mac

Note: If you’ve installed Windows 10/8.1/8/7/XP on your Mac and want to create a free Wi-Fi hotspot, try OSToto Hotspot for help. Other Wi-Fi hotspot creator doesn’t work, but this one will always work.

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