Hope all of you know what is a WiFi hotspot. Simply, It is a small area where Wireless network is available. Most commonly, the Hotspot is using to refer the public WiFi networks that are available in School, College, RailWay Station, Airports etc. Most of us know that only WiFi Routers are capable of creating WiFi hotspot in public. But this is totally wrong. Technology had developed a lot. After Android phones made an aggressive changes in the smart phone world, they had introduced the way of creating hotspot in mobile phones. Anyway there is no need of technical skills or prior knowledge for turning your smart phone to a WiFi hotspot. Just turn on the hotspot and data network. that’s all.
But how many of you know that you can use your laptops or PC as a WiFi hotspot? Interesting isn’t it? 95% of laptops available in the market have no internal feature to turn it to a hotspot. But you can turn it to a hotspot with the help of some third party software. Today we are going to discuss about the best WiFi hotspot software to turn laptop into wifi hotspot.
Advantages of using Laptop as a WiFi Hotspot
#1: It is portable:-
There are several advantage for turning your laptop to a WiFi hotspot. The main advantage is that, it is portable. That means if you want to change the location of WiFi area, you can change it easily. You can adjust the position and find a suitable place for fixing the Laptop.
#2:- Change Wired connection to a Wireless Connection:-
If you are getting a wired internet connection, means if you have a router without a WiFi, you can change it to a WiFi router. Just connect the wireless router to laptop via Ethernet Cable and use any of the below software to create a Hotspot. Now your room turns to a hotspot area without a WiFi modem.
#3:- Unlimited number of connection:-
This is another important use. You can connect any number of devices to this hotspot area. But in free version of the below tools, there will be some limitations. You can connect your Smart Phones, Tablets, or your PC having a WiFi feature.
#4:- Can be used to extend the original WiFi Range:-
You can also use this feature to extend the range of a WiFi modem. Consider that a WiFi have a range upto Point A. Now place your laptop at this Point A and use any of the below software. Now your WiFi limit will be extent to double of its actual range.
Best WiFi hotspot software to take this advantages
#1:- 160WiFi Free software
160WiFi is the most widely using hotspot software that is completely free to use. Even though it is a free tool, there are no advertisements, popups that annoy our Internet experience. The installation procedure is very simple an you can turn your laptop into a hotspot within a single click.
Another important feature is, you can manage the devices connected to your hotspot. Password protection feature allows you to prevent unauthorized connections to your WiFi hotspot. Another positive factor out 160WiFi is, it allow support upto Windows 10.
#2:- Connectify Paid software
Connectify software allows you to turn your PC or laptop to a virtual WiFi Router. You can share internet from your Laptop to any nearby devices like Smart Phones, Tablets, or to other nearby laptops free of cost. If you have a USB Dongle to access internet, you can share the same to your friends and neighbors. While you are at a hotel which charges Internet per device, this tool will be very useful. just ask internet for One device and share it to your other devices. Another important advantage of Connectify is that you can extent the range of actual WiFi router. Connectify turns your laptop to a virtual router of the original WiFi router.
A free trial version of Connectify can be downloaded from the official website but it is better to purchase a PRO version which only cost you 20$. This tool is also featured in popular tech websites like PCWorld, lifehacker, readwrite etc. So there is no need of worrying about the payment and security.
#3:-mHotspot free software for creating Virtual Router
mHotspot is a completely free software that enables a user with Windows 7 or Windows 8 installed laptop to make a virtual WiFi atmosphere. This software enables us to create WiFi hotspot where we can connect up to 10 devices. Single Internet connection to your Laptop can be shared equally to your Windows, Android, iOs and even to blackberry smart phones. Unlike Connectify this tool is absolutely free and have a size of less than 1MB. But comparing the technical features, Connectify is much above mHotspot. This WiFi repeater allows you to secure your hotspot area with passwords and it also shows the details of all connected devices to its virtual WiFi area.
MyPublicWiFi is yet another software to turn your laptop to a Wireless access point. Nearby person can access your Internet if it is on shared mode. Single internet connection can be shared to public audience. The tracking service of mypublicwifi enables you to track the activities of people and their browsing history.
You can put whatever name and password for your virtual WiFi. Some restrictions can be made over the users, like preventing some services using this freeware tool.
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