This post shows students and new users how to create a wireless hotspot in Windows 11 and share internet connections with others
Some laptops come are equipped with a built-in mobile network adapter as well as Wi-Fi and other network adapters. These devices are able to connect to their mobile network and share that connection with other devices via its Wi-Fi interface or adapter.
If you’re in a remote location where only mobile network is available, you can connect to the mobile network via your built-in mobile interface and turn your Wi-Fi adapter into a wireless hotspot so others can connect and share your mobile internet connection.
The new Windows 11, when released generally to everyone, will come with many new features and enhancements that will work great for some while adding some learning challenges for others. Some things and settings have changed so much that folks will have to learn new ways to work with and manage Windows 11.
One legacy feature that’s also in Windows 11 is the ability to share mobile network and create a hotspot via other interfaces. This setup allows other devices to connect to your laptop Internet without a separate network, and also works if you’re on a wired network.
For Wired network setup, you must plug your Windows 10 laptop to the wired network (Ethernet), then enable hotspot on your Wi-Fi adapter to share with others.
To get started with creating a hotspot in Windows 11, follow the steps below:
How to create internet hotspot in Windows 11
Creating a hotspot in Windows 11 is easy as long as you have two separate network interfaces and one is connected to the internet. To turn on hotspot, go to the System settings pane.
Windows 11 has a centralized location for majority of its settings. From system configurations to creating new users and updating Windows, all can be done from the System Settings pane.
To get to System Settings, you can use the Windows key + i shortcut or click on Start ==> Settings as shown in the image below:
Alternatively, you can use the search box on the taskbar and search for Settings. Then select to open it.
Windows Settings pane should look similar to the image below. In Windows Settings, click Network & internet, and turn On Mobile hotspot on the right pane of your screen shown in the image below.
At this stage, we assume that either your mobile or wired adapter is connected to the internet. While connected, go into the Mobile hotspot settings pane, then select the Wi-Fi or Wired adapter for the line that reads ” Share my Internet connection from“.
Under Properties, select Edit then enter a network name and password to use to connect to the network and click Save.
To connect on the other device, go to the Wi-Fi settings on that device, find your network name, select it, enter the password, and then connect.
Your Wi-Fi adapter that isn’t connected to any network should be ready to enable hotspot. Remember, one other network device need to already be connected to a network with Internet access.
After that, others should now be able to connect to your laptop hotspot.
A network name (SSID) and security key are automatically generated. The network name will be the one you created setting up the hotspot. Other devices will need this information to connect to the hotspot you’ve just created.
That should do it!
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