Despite the fact that internet access has become a necessity in today’s world, ensuring connection in all the devices we have can be a difficult task.
Especially in countries where public Wi-Fi services are yet to be established. That’s why having the best possible Wi-Fi hotspot software on your Windows 10 PC or laptop is important.
Having the internet on all devices is a prerequisite as most devices nowadays come with inbuilt Wi-Fi feature, sharing the internet via Wi-Fi hotspot is what makes life fun and easier.
While Android-powered smartphones offer internet sharing options directly via Wi-Fi hotspot, a Windows PC, on the other hand, offers no such options.
This makes it even more challenging in places where you have a limited option of mobile phone internet.
Most of us have been made to believe that only Wi-Fi routers can create Wi-Fi hotspots in public. This is not true.
Technology has evolved and we now have some cool software that can do exactly that.
In this article, we’re going to introduce you to the top 5 best Wi-Fi hotspot software you can install to turn your Windows 10 PC into a Wi-Fi hotspot.
Editor's choice: Connectify (recommended)
There are many solutions to a hotspot on the market today, but Connectify has garnered a good audience due to its performance and a simple interface.
This software is not free, but if can pinch yourself a little bit and buy it, you will surely get what you pay for. This software allows you to turn your laptop or PC into a virtual Wi-Fi router.
You can then use your laptop to share the internet to any nearby devices. And if you have a USB to access the internet, you can even share your internet with your neighbors and friends.
If you are in a conference room or a hotel that charges the internet per device, this software can be very useful.
All you have to do is request the internet for one device, and then use Connectify to covertly share it to your other devices.
Another advantage of Connectify is that you can boost the Wi-Fi range with your Virtual Router PRO and share Tethered connections, 3G, and 4G networks.
Connectify Hotspot is great when traveling – if you are in a hotel or an airplane that charges the Internet fee per device, all you have to do is buy Internet for your laptop and then use the software to covertly share it to your other devices.
Connectify Hotspot also features a strong and intelligent ad blocker that will save bandwidth (up to 55% according to their tests), time and battery life for the devices connected to your hotspot.
And if you want to have fun – you can use emojis in the hotspot name – see screenshot above. Don’t worry if you’re not that good with English – the software is available in 10 international languages.Download it free
Expert tip: Connectify Hotspot is not only a great Wi-Fi hotspot software but also an excellent Wi-Fi signal booster software. We recommend you to use the hotspot+signal boost combo in order to make your PC or laptop a real Wi-Fi router. Even if you can possibly have some proximity data transfer issues, if you have multiple devices connected to your PC nearby, they should access the internet with blazing speed.
MHotSpot is a great tool that works as an internet source and effectively converts your Windows 10 device to an efficient Wi-Fi hotspot.
This software provides a friendly user interface and is also available for download at no cost.
And just like the conventional router, MHotSpot can perform many tasks and you can also customize it to your preferences.
You can assign a password, select the maximum count of clients, name the hotspot, select the internet source and much more.
Covering only 400KB of your computers disk space, MHotSpot is relatively smaller than the other hotspot software. This makes it easier to download even when your internet connection is limited.
It can be shared by up to 10 users but in case you don’t want to share with many clients, you can adjust the settings to restrict the number of devices that can access your hotspot.
The other good thing about MHotSpot is that it can track all the details about the users connected to it, including their internet usage, so you can easily use it to monitor internet consumption.
MHotSpot is compatible with Windows 10 as well as all the other versions of Windows.
MyPublicWifi is another handy tool that turns your laptop into a Wi-Fi wireless access point. It is free to download and can perform many functions apart from sharing the internet.
In addition to that, you can use MyPublicWifi to track and record all the visited URL pages on your Virtual Wi-Fi hotspot.
The Wi-Fi security feature uses WPA2 encryption and you can only set a password that is at least 8 characters long. You can also give your wireless network a name of your choice.
When sharing the internet, the software displays the device names, IP addresses, and the Media Access Control (MAC) of all the connected devices.
You can also use MyPublicWifi to check the browsing history of every device connected to this network.
It is compatible with Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10.
The good thing about this tool is that it is portable, and you can store it in your USB to use it elsewhere.
With the Wi-Fi hotspot created by this tool, you can allow any nearby device to access the internet connection available on your laptop or PC.
Hosted Network Starter supports Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10 with 32 or 64-bit computer. However, there is no support for Wi-Fi hosted network in older versions of Windows.
Unlike other programs, HostedNetworkStarter does not require any installation process or any complicated process.
To start using it, all you have to do is run the executable file.
After running it, a ‘Hosted Network’ option will open which will allow you to choose your desired settings for hotspot configuration.
After choosing the desired settings which include your desired hotspot name and the network key, press the start button to start the Wi-Fi hotspot.
160 WiFi Free Software OSTotoHotspot
OSTotoHotspot is the most widely used hotspot software on the market today. This software is completely free to use and its simplicity makes it very popular.
The unique thing about this tool is that despite being available at no extra cost, it has no advertisements or other annoying popups that plague most applications these days.
The installation process is very easy and you can turn your Windows computer into a hotspot with just a single click.
Another important feature is that you can use this tool to easily manage all the devices connected to your hotspot.
The software is also very secure and comes with password protection that prevents unauthorized access to the Wi-Fi.
It’s well compatible with Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10.
Update: Microsoft has discontinued the support for hosted networks on Windows 10. Thus, some of this software may not give you the respected result. Please let us know in the comment section if you do find a workaround so we could share it with all our readers. If you have problems with your mobile hotspot connecting to your PC, you can check out this guide.
If you’re aware of any other hotspot software compatible with Windows 10 that is not listed above, let us hear from you in the comments section below.
Also, leave there any other questions that you may have.
Does Windows 10 have a built-in hotspot option?
Yes, you can use Windows 10’s built-in features to create a virtual hotspot for your peers. If you can’t figure out the steps, we have some helpful instructions that could guide you through the process.
What can I do if Mobile Hotspot doesn’t work on my Windows 10 PC?
There’s a number of reasons why the Mobile Hotspot feature might not work on your Windows 10 computer. Take a look at our guide to identify and attempt to fix your problem.
Can I create a hotspot without a WiFi adapter?
No, unfortunately, you can’t. Creating a hotspot requires two things: a stable Internet connection that you will share through the hotspot, and a broadcast device (a WiFi adapter). In case your PC doesn’t have a built-in wireless adapter, here’s a list of the best USB WiFi adapters you can buy.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in April 2018 and has been since revamped and updated in March 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.