Windows 8 has been continuously criticized from the very beginning of its release because of its all new user interface which becomes a bit difficult and annoying to operate especially if you are a beginner since in Microsoft Windows 8 you won’t find the most commonly used features like start button,Unified search option,Adhoc network options and much more.If you have used windows 7 or earlier version of windows then you might have not faced any problem in converting your desktop pc or Laptop into WiFi Hotspot as Windows 7 provides direct option for creation of WiFi hotspot by Adhoc network but in windows 8 there is no such direct option for creating adhoc network and it becomes much more complicated & complexed if you want to manually create Adhoc network in Windows 8.You can create WiFi hotspot either by using CMD or using free third party applications.Creating Adhoc network via CMD becomes pretty difficult most of the time and is not much reliable especially when you don’t want to mess up with your windows settings. Therefore here in this post I am going to share a very simple solution on How to Turn Windows 8 PC or Laptop into WiFi Hotspot using freeware applications or software’s.
How to Turn Windows 8 PC or Laptop into WiFi Hotspot – Steps to Follow
Method 1 – Using Virtual Router Plus
Virtual Router plus is a free open source application that can be used to convert any windows 7 or Windows 8 running PC or laptop into WiFi hotspot using Wireless hosted network technology.Using Virtual router plus you can create virtual WiFi hotspot from any internet connection i.e LAN, Cable Modem, Dial-up, Cellular etc which can be easily shared with any WiFi Device i.e laptop,smartphones,iphone,tablet etc One of the great feature of using Virtual WiFi hotspot is that devices are connected to this WiFi similar to any other access point and ensuring secured connection using WPA2 Encryption.
How to Setup WiFi Hotspot using Virtual router plus :
- Extract it using Winrar or winzip and launch it.
- Next Install it on your pc by following the instructions.
- Create a new network by specifying a Network Name
Note - You can also setup a password by filling the password space.
- Select the Connection that you want to share as WiFi.
- Click on Start Virtual Router Plus and That’s all you are all done.
Method 2 – Using WiFi HotSpot Creator
This is another WiFi Hotspot creator application similar to Virtual router plus which is very simple and easy to use with a very clean and decent user interface.WiFi Hotspot creator is a free and lightweight application that provides instant results in one click.Just like you have setup Virtual Router Plus above you can setup WiFi Hotspot creator by providing a Network name,password,selecting the internet connection you want to share.It also allows you to limit the maximum number of users which can access the WiFi.