How to Share Your Internet Connection in Windows Using Ethernet or Wi-Fi

In many situations, you can connect all of your contrivances to the same Wi-Fi network so getting them online is no quandary. But what transpires when one of your contrivances 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 sanctions one connection per room)? Auspiciously, you can facilely 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 contrivance doesn’t even have to be running Windows.

The direct Ethernet solution comes in very handy when you have one contrivance that has Wi-Fi availing another that doesn’t. Recently, I needed to apportion 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 fortify it out of the box so I just plugged my Raspberry Pi’s Ethernet port into an Ethernet-to-USB adapter, which I annexed to my Windows laptop.

How to Share Your Internet in Windows Using Ethernet 

  1. Connect your client contrivance to your host PC utilizing an Ethernet cable. If either contrivance doesn’t have a free Ethernet port, utilize a USB-to-Ethernet adapter.
  2. Go to the Network Connections menu. The most facile way to get there is by probing for “Network Connections” in the Windows Search box.
  3. Right-click on the active Internet connection and cull Properties.
  4. Toggle “Allow other network users to connect” to on from the Sharing tab and cull the pertinent Ethernet port from the pulldown menu. Note that, if you have VPN software installed, you may visually perceive a plethora of virtual Ethernet ports on your list and you’ll need to pick the genuine one.

After you click OK, Internet should flow to your client contrivance over its Ethernet port.

How to Share your Internet in Windows Using Wi-Fi

So let’s verbally express 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 require to get your tablet online and there’s no router. Turning your Windows PC into a mobile hotspot for other contrivances is quite facile.

  1. Navigate to the Mobile Hotspot settings menu. You can get there by inditing “Mobile Hotspot” into the Windows search box.
  2. Toggle “Share my Internet connection” to on.
  3. Cull the source of your Internet connection if it’s not already culled 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.
  4. Cull Wi-Fi on the “Share my Internet connection over” menu if it’s not already culled.. Bluetooth is way too gradual.
  5. Click the Edit button under “Network band.”
  6. Set the Network denomination, password, and network band. This will be the SSID and password that your client contrivances need to connect. Note that, if you are sharing a 5-GHz Wi-Fi connection, your client contrivances will require to fortify 5 GHz additionally. Some older contrivances such as Raspberry Pi 3s and Zeros can only do 2.4 GHz.

You should now be able to connect to your Windows 10 PC from other devices, just like it was any other hotspot. However, when I tried this the first time, I got an error on my client device saying “failed to obtain an IP address.” Perhaps that was because I had shared my connection over Ethernet previously. Whatever the reason, here’s how to fix it.

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