Can anyone show me step by step how to make a desktop computer a WiFi hotspot?

Piseth Mao April 19, 2013
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At my new office (State office) everyone seems to be ignorant about making WiFi hotspots available, only wired connection are to be had, which sometimes is very difficult for everyone to use Internet on their other devices such as mobile phone, tablet.

Recently, my Department Director showed his interest to have a WiFi hotspot from the wired desktop computer to share with the team which is always a topic in which I’ve been interested.

However, as I don’t have a desktop computer at home to experiment, I don’t want to assure him while I’m not so sure I can do it. Thus, I would like to have concrete support here to make sure I can do it as it may need to spend some money, I guess. I saw some how-to videos on Youtube but it doesn’t seem to be a good one and I trust you guys on MUO. Please kindly show me step by step including required setup and items. I would very much appreciate it.

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  1. Rajaa Chowdhury
    April 28, 2013 at 2:31 am

    Lot of people have suggested Connectify Hotspot, and it is a very good solution, however priced. There are lot of freeware alternatives available. Some worked smoothly for me, other did not. You can try them out. See the full list. For example MyPublicWiFi and WiFi Hotspot Creator worked for me, whereas MaryFi did not. I have mailed their support and awaiting a reply still. The alternatives are at http://alternativeto.net/software/maryfi/

  2. Rajesh S
    April 23, 2013 at 8:38 am

    just follow this link
    http://webtotech.com/reverse-tethering-on-android-phone-without-rooting/
    and thanks me for sharing :D

    • MakeUseOf TechGuy
      April 25, 2013 at 6:57 am

      Wow, what part of this question asked for anything to do with android?

    • Piseth Mao
      April 27, 2013 at 12:38 pm

      I thank most people here who genuinely tried to solve my problem though not all suggestions work. However, I wonder why a few people don't read the question and just come here to mess this lovely community. Thanks MakeUseOf TechGuy for your nice complement.

  3. fred
    April 23, 2013 at 6:19 am

    Here is a HOWTO from 2005...
    http://www.howtoforge.com/wifi_hotspot_setup

  4. Piseth
    April 22, 2013 at 5:53 am

    Though I have not bought the wireless adapter for the desktop and tried, I would like to mark this problem as "Resolved". Thanks for all your kind contribution everyone.

    • ha14
      April 22, 2013 at 2:07 pm

      if you wish from your makuseof account choose the best answer so that the thread will be shown as solved.

    • Rajaa Chowdhury
      April 26, 2013 at 2:30 pm

      I hit upon a freeware replacement for Connectify Hotspot. It is called MaryFi and is downloadable from http://www.maryfi.com/ .

    • Rajaa Chowdhury
      April 28, 2013 at 2:02 am

      MaryFi did not work for me, however another freeware did work. It is called MyPublicWifi and is downloadable from http://www.mypublicwifi.com/publicwifi/en/index.html

  5. Mike
    April 22, 2013 at 2:21 am

    Connectify .

  6. Warren Joshua Talatala
    April 21, 2013 at 11:47 am

    I recommend you to buy a wireless router instead of making your desktop a wifi hotspot.
    reasons:
    1. Wifi repeated from desktop is slower than the normal connection because the bandwidth of the host desktop is divided to those devices connected to it.. e.g if you have a 500kbps connection on your desktop and you ave 3 devices connected to it the bandwidth will be 500 / 4.
    2. A router will provide a great sharing and networking connection than a repeated or ad-hoc network of a desktop.

    so instead of making a hotspot from a desktop... it would be best to buy a wifi router.

  7. Darren S
    April 21, 2013 at 1:09 am

    Wouldn't it be easier, unless they are not already running those hard wired desktops from a router, to purchase a wifi router?

  8. Dan Rivera
    April 20, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    Here is an easy solution for you to Share your connection. There is a program called Visual Router out there that will allow you to do what you are needing to do. I have used this and I can access my connection anywhere as well as locally. Go to http://virtualrouter.codeplex.com/

    From their Website:

    Virtual Router is a free, open source software based router for PCs running Windows 8, Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2. Using Virtual Router, users can wirelessly share any internet connection (Wifi, LAN, Cable Modem, Dial-up, Cellular, etc.) with any Wifi device (Laptop, Smart Phone, iPod Touch, iPhone, Android Phone, Zune, Netbook, wireless printer, etc.) These devices connect to Virtual Router just like any other access point, and the connection is completely secured using WPA2 (the most secure wireless encryption.)

    Check it out!

    Dan
    Geekazoidtech
    http://www.geekazoidtech.com

    • Rajaa Chowdhury
      April 26, 2013 at 2:29 pm

      I hit upon a freeware replacement for Connectify Hotspot. It is called MaryFi and is downloadable from http://www.maryfi.com/ .

    • Rajaa Chowdhury
      April 28, 2013 at 2:03 am

      MaryFi did not work for me, however another freeware did work. It is called MyPublicWifi and is downloadable from http://www.mypublicwifi.com/publicwifi/en/index.html

  9. VlonjatG
    April 20, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    1) First check if that computer has an wireless card. It it has continue to step two, otherwise you would have to buy one.

    2) Download and install Conectify, it has an free version. Installing and configuring is very simple.

    Note : Because in business environments security and performance are needed, you should add an access point, it isn't that expensive.

  10. Sadman Hasan
    April 20, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    Get a usb wifi dongle :)

  11. null
    April 20, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    What ha14 said would also work on a desktop pc with a wireless adapter.

  12. Uchitha Jayathissa
    April 20, 2013 at 3:55 am

    You can use the same WiFi adapter you have in your PC. use an application like Connectify Hotspot. you can get from Torrents or Buy.
    You can Route your LAN / WiFi /Bluetooth or Dongle to WiFi.

    There are some open source applications available. but be careful to check reviews because some of those applications were malwares/trojans.

    • Rajaa Chowdhury
      April 26, 2013 at 2:29 pm

      I hit upon a freeware replacement for Connectify Hotspot. It is called MaryFi and is downloadable from http://www.maryfi.com/ .

  13. ha14
    April 19, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    1) go to run and type cmd then right click on it and choose run as administrator
    2) on the black board type: netsh wlan show drivers
    3) see if you have a supported wireless device
    Making Windows 7 A Wifi Repeater
    http://newspaint.wordpress.com/2013/01/03/making-windows-7-a-wifi-repeater/
    How To Turn Your Windows 8 Computer into A Wireless Hotspot Access Point
    http://www.nextofwindows.com/how-to-turn-your-windows-8-computer-into-a-wireless-hotspot-access-point/

    1) Network and Sharing Center
    2) Click on Set up a new connection or network
    3) The wizard will prompt to to connect to VPNs, dial-up... or create a new ad hoc wireless network which you wan to
    4) give your network a name and choose some security options and check the box for "Save this network".
    5) Go to Network and Sharing Center, click the "Change adapter settings" link on the left, and find your network connection in the list
    6) Enable internet connection sharing on the adapter connected to the internet.

    Create Your Own Wi-Fi Hotspot With Connectify [Giveaway]
    http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/create-your-own-wi-fi-hotspot-with-connectify/

    VirtualRouter Plus 2.1.0
    http://virtualwifihotspot.codeplex.com/releases/view/101496

    How To Share Your Windows Internet Connection With Any WiFi Device using Virtual Router
    http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/share-internet-connection-wifi-device-virtual-router-windows/

    • Piseth Mao
      April 20, 2013 at 4:09 pm

      Thank you Ha, but I mean from a desktop computer with wired connection, not from a laptop. Yes, with VirtualRouter Plus 2.1.0 via your link it's cool to share via laptop. I tested it and it works just fine.

  14. Adam Campbell
    April 19, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    All you need is a computer with a wireless card. Here is an excellent article that should get you up and running:

    http://lifehacker.com/5369381/turn-your-windows-7-pc-into-a-wireless-hotspot

    • Bruce Epper
      April 20, 2013 at 1:50 am

      Your linked article skips one step: disable the ability for the wireless users to control or disable your internet connection. Especially in a business setting, you don't really need clueless users dropping internet connectivity for all of your other wireless users.

      Another consideration is the amount of wireless traffic that will be going thirough this computer. It isn't a big issue if this is the only purpose for the machine, but if you are looking at doing this on actively used workstations, it could impact the overall performance of that machine as well as the network performance seen by the wireless users. In that case, you may be better off simply adding a wireless access point (physical device) to the network instead. Depending on your requirements, you are looking at an outlay of $50 to $250 for most devices.

    • Manish Parmar
      April 20, 2013 at 9:34 pm

      i have tried this n it works.the only problem is u need to kip ur lappi/pc on for most of the time,making it very hot.switching off fr some tym will let the connected users to loose the internet connection....!!

    • Papeda Bungkus
      April 21, 2013 at 6:13 am

      Better to use your smart phone as Wifi hotspot compare than using a PC.

    • rakesh
      April 21, 2013 at 6:45 am

      its to easy you need to install wi-fi. and basic requirements are :-
      ->. wi - fi card.
      -> OS you can use Win 2003 server.
      -> 1 DSL router .

      just connect all of components. use main systems IP as gateway for other PC / tabs ..

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