Quick and easy guide for turning your Windows laptop into a Wi-FI hotspot so you can share Internet connection with other devices or other users.
The other day I finally got my hands on the iPad that I had the good fortune of recently winning in a radio station contest, and was naturally eager to take it for a test drive to see what all the fuss is about.
The problem? I didn’t have a Wi-Fi router handy and the iPad obviously lacks an ethernet port.
The solution? MHotspot. It’s a free program allows you to turn your Windows laptop into a Wi-Fi hotspot, and best of it configuration is practically foolproof. In fact, absolutely no software installation is even required. So yes, for those of you perennially afraid abut introducing unknown software into your system, mHotspot requires NO software installation.
With mHotspot you set up the Wi-FI hotspot as you normally would with any other router: choose your own hotspot name, set the password (WPA2 PSK), etc. You can view the name of connected devices, their IP and MAC addresses, and set the max number of devices that that you want to allow to connect to the hotspot.
MHotspot can also be used as a Wi-Fi range extender by repeating the signal from the original router via the Windows laptop your using.
So how do you set it up? It’s easy, and requires only a few steps.
1. Download and run mHotspot.
2. Choose a hotspot name.
3. Choose a password.
4. Choose Windows laptop Internet connection to share.
5. Set max number of devices that can connect.
6. Start the hotspot!
It’s that simple, and thanks to mHotspot I was able to use my iPad without having to buy a router.
MHotspot works with Works with Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8.