Turn Your PC, Laptop or Smartphone into Wi-Fi Hotspot or Virtual Router

Wi-Fi Hotspot allows us to share a wireless internet connection through the use of a router. A Wi-Fi hotspot is nothing but a wireless access point that provides internet access to laptops, smartphones, etc. If you have a router at home then all your family members can access the internet on their smartphone, tablet, iPod, laptop or PC (only if they are within the range of Wi-Fi network).

You can turn your PC, laptop or smartphone into a Wi-Fi Hotspot in the absence of the router. In this post you will come to know how to use your laptop or smartphone as a portable Wi-Fi hotspot or internet tethering. After creating the Wi-Fi hotspot, you will be able to connect your smartphones or laptops and access the internet on the move.

Turn your Laptop or PC into Virtual Router or Wi-Fi Hotspot

Wireless-equipped laptop or a PC with Wi-Fi adapter
Internet Connection
A virtual router software

To turn your laptop/PC into WiFi access point you need to use a software – MyPublicWiFi. This software is allows nearby people to surf the internet through your sharing. It also allows you to record and track the visited web pages on the virtual WiFi hotspot. The best thing is it is completely Free to use.

How to use it?
  • Download and install MyPublicWiFi
  • Launch MyPublicWiFi program
  • Under Setting tab, You can give any name to the hotspot in Network name box
  •  Choose a password which contains at least 8 characters
  • Tick the check box to Enable Internet Sharing
  • Select the Network adapter that you want to share
  • Click on ‘Set up and Start Hotspot’

 Now your smartphone, tablet, iPod or laptop will notify you about this new hotspot.

Click on connect and enter the password you choose while setting up the hotspot to access the internet.

Using Clients tab of MyPublicWiFi, you can see the connected devices information. And in the Management tab, you can configure firewall and Enable URL log to monitor browsing activities on the virtual hotspot. You can also set “auto start” option in this tab.

Turn your Smartphone into Wi-Fi Hotspot:

A smartphone with tethering & hotspot option
Valid Internet data pack

Now follow the steps to create a virtual wi-fi hotspot.
Go to Settings in your smartphone à Select More…

 Then tap on Tethering & portable hotspot 

Drag the Slide button to enable WLAN hotspot (Options may differ from one mobile phone to other)

Tap on WLAN hotspot or Select ‘Set up Wi-Fi hotspot’ (or WPS Connect option) to change the name of the hotspot and set up a password security to prevent others from accessing the internet through your smartphone.

That’s all. You have created a portable hotspot on your mobile. Now your portable hotspot provides internet access to all the nearby devices. Do not share the hotspot’s password information with others to prevent unauthorized usage.

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