Network Tethering Windows 10

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Windows 11Windows 10. Turn your Windows PC into a mobile hotspot by sharing your Internet connection with other devices over Wi-Fi. You can share a Wi-Fi, Ethernet, or cellular data connection.

How to Share Your Internet in Windows Using Ethernet

If your PC has a cellular data connection and you share it, it will use data from your data plan. Select the Start button, then select Settings > Network & internet > Mobile hotspot. For Share my Internet connection from, choose the internet connection you want to share.

For Share over, choose how you want to share your connection—over Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. Wi-Fi is usually faster and the default. Select Edit > enter a new network name, password, and network band > Save. Turn on Mobile hotspot. 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.

Turn your Windows 10 PC into a mobile hotspot by sharing your Internet connection with other devices over Wi-Fi.

You can share a Wi-Fi, Ethernet, or cellular data connection. If your PC has a cellular data connection and you share it, it will use data from your data plan.

Select the Start button, then select Settings > Network & Internet > Mobile hotspot.

For Share my Internet connection from, choose the Internet connection you want to share. Select Edit > enter a new network name and password > Save.

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Turn on Share my Internet connection with other devices. 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.

  1. In many situations, you can connect all of your devices to the same Wi-Fi network so getting them online is no problem.
  2. But what happens when one of your devices doesn’t have access to the connection, either because there it doesn’t have Wi-Fi, there is no Wi-Fi or the access is restricted (as in a hotel that only allows one connection per room)?
  3. Fortunately, you can easily share your Internet connection in Windows 10 and you can do it over a direct Ethernet connection or by turning the host PC into a hotspot. The client device doesn’t even have to be running Windows.

The direct Ethernet solution comes in very handy when you have one device that has Wi-Fi helping another that doesn’t. Recently, I needed to share my Internet connection over Ethernet when I installed Ubuntu on a Raspberry Pi. The Pi has Wi-Fi, but I couldn’t get Ubuntu to support it out of the box so I just plugged my Raspberry Pi’s Ethernet port into an Ethernet-to-USB adapter, which I attached to my Windows laptop.

Connect your client device to your host PC using an Ethernet cable. If either device doesn’t have a free Ethernet port, use a USB-to-Ethernet adapter.

Go to the Network Connections menu. The easiest way to get there is by searching for “Network Connections” in the Windows Search box.

Use your Android or iPhone to create a hotspot

How to stop sharing an internet connection with other devices in Windows 10

Right click on the active Internet connection and select Properties. Toggle “Allow other network users to connect” to on from the Sharing tab and select the relevant Ethernet port from the pulldown menu.

  1. Note that, if you have VPN software installed, you may see a lot of virtual Ethernet ports on your list and you’ll need to pick the real one.
  2. After you click OK, Internet should flow to your client device over its Ethernet port.
  3. So let’s say your PC has a cellular connection and your friend’s laptop doesn’t or perhaps you have a desktop that’s connected via Ethernet but you need to get your tablet online and there’s no router.

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Turning your WIndows PC into a mobile hotspot for other devices is quite easy. Navigate to the Mobile Hotspot settings menu.

  1. You can get there by typing “Mobile Hotspot” into the Windows search box.
  2. Toggle “Share my Internet connection” to on.
  3. Select the source of your Internet connection if it’s not already chosen by default.

Chances are that, unless you have more than one Internet connection at once, the menu will show the correct source on its own. Select Wi-Fi on the “Share my Internet connection over” menu if it’s not already selected.

Bluetooth is way too slow. Click the Edit button under “Network band.”.

Set the Network name, password and network band. This will be the SSID and password that your client devices need to connect.

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