Can I create Wi-Fi hotspot with my desktop? How to turn my desktop computer into a Wi-Fi hotspot? If you google such topics, you will find so many posts about how to turn a laptop into Wi-Fi hotspot, not for a desktop. If you exactly have a desktop PC with a wired internet connection and no Wi-Fi compatibilities, you are in the exactly right place. This post is talking about how to create a free Wi-Fi hotspot on your desktop computer to share wireless internet connection with other Wi-Fi enabled devices, such as a laptop, notebook, iPhone, iPad, Android phone, etc.
Before You Use Your Desktop Computer As A Wi-Fi Hotspot
Unlike laptops (most of them have the built-in wireless adapter), only some of the desktop computers come with a wireless network adapter already installed. A network adapter is the must-have device to connect your computer to a network. Therefore, you need to check if your desktop computer has a wireless network adapter. You can do as the followings:
1. Open Device Manage. You can click the Start button, Control Panel and System and Security. Under System, click Device Manager. Or you can type Device Mange in the search box.
2. Double-click on “Network adapters” to expand it.
3. Check to see if there is a network adapter that includes “wireless” in the name.
If your desktop has a wireless adapter card, congratulations to you! You can go to the Final Part to set up a Wi-Fi hotspot and share Wi-Fi internet connection.
Have No Wireless Adapter on Your Desktop PC?
Don’t be dispirited even though your desktop doesn’t have a wireless adapter. Just purchase one from electronics store or online. The universal serial bus (USB) wireless card is a nice choice, because it is small, easy and portable (it can be moved around to different computers). You can easily install it by yourself – just plug it into the USB port of your desktop and install the wireless driver for it. Then you can make Wi-Fi hotspots available at home, office, airport, meeting room or anywhere you like.
The Most-used USB Wireless Cards to Help Create A Wi-Fi Hotspot on Desktop
Below are the most-used USB wireless adapters on desktop. You can buy one of them to install on your desktop and then convert your desktop computer into wireless access point to share Wi-Fi.
Sandisk wireless flash drive
Universal USB transceiver wireless USB receiver
Ultra-mini USB wireless Lan 802.11N adapter
PC Wireless Controller Game Gaming Receiver Adapter for XBOX 360 xbox360
CF network adapter
Wireless internal network adapter
Edimax EW-7811Un wireless 802.11
Linksys AE1200 N300 wireless USB adapter
Belkin N600 Dual-band wireless USB adapter
Micro wireless N USB adapter
Belkin N150 wireless USB adapter 802.11
Netgear AC1200 wireless Wi-Fi USB 3.0 adapter
Netgear N300 wireless-N USB adapter
Netgear RangeMax IEEE 802.11N USB Wi-Fi adapter
Microsoft wireless display adapter
Netgear N900 Dual-band wireless USB adapter
Insignia - USB 3.0-to-Gigabit Ethernet Adapter
Linksys - Wireless-AC USB 3.0 Adapter
Belkin - N600 Dual-Band Wireless-N+ USB Adapter - Multi
Monoprice - IEEE 802.11n - Wi-Fi Adapter for Desktop Computer
TP-LINK - Mini Wireless N USB Adapter
Epson V12H418P12M 2.40 GHz IEEE 802.11n Wi-Fi Adapter For Desktop Computer
Asus - USB Bluetooth 4.0 - Bluetooth Adapter
NETGEAR - N600 Wireless Dual Band USB Adapter
NETGEAR - IEEE 802.11ac - Wi-Fi Adapter for desktop PC
Channel Master - DVR+ Wireless-N USB 2.0 Adapter
NETGEAR - USB 2.0 54MBPS Adapter 802.11G
D-Link - IEEE 802.11n - Wi-Fi Adapter
After you insure a wireless network adapter or USB wireless card is installed on your desktop computer, you can now easily make a free Wi-Fi hotspot access point to share your internet connection with any other Wi-Fi enabled devices. And a professional Wi-Fi hotspot creator, like OSToto Hotspot, will do a lot of help. It can instantly start the Wi-Fi hotspot and transform your desktop into a wireless router. This utility works for all Windows OS, like Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows XP and Windows Vista.
Now download and install OSToto Hotspot on your desktop PC, like Dell, Asus, Acer, HP, Sony, Lenovo, Samsung, Toshiba, IBM, Alienware, Compaq, Gateway, LG, Microsoft, MSI and more.
After you install it on your desktop, launch it. It will automatically build a Wi-Fi hotspot.
You can edit the hotspot name and password. OSToto Hotspot has the WPA2 for password protection to keep freeloaders out, but your families, friends, coworkers and anyone who have the password can join your network sharing in just one second.