Believe it or not, a wired internet connection can easily be equipped with the ability to produce a Wi-Fi signal. No, it doesn’t involve a sacrifice or worship. Instead, a few external choices are available for you to take advantage of. Chances are you have at least one these devices.
Not convinced? Take a look at your options below. Either one is capable of converting a wired internet connection to a Wi-Fi signal.
Convert Wired Internet to Wi-Fi with a Router
Two basic devices exist in the Internet-giving ecosystem: modems and routers. A modem will provide internet to a device through the help of an Ethernet cable, wired internet; a router, on the other hand, will provide internet to a device wirelessly, otherwise known as “Wi-Fi.” However, that isn’t the full picture.
There does exist two-in-one modems that not only provide internet to a device with an Ethernet cable, but also serve as a router. For example, internet providers like Xfinity generally offer their customers modems that give internet access by wire and by Wi-Fi. What you must be dealing with is a modem that only offers internet access with a cable, which means you’re halfway there to converting wired internet to Wi-Fi!
In order to create a Wi-Fi signal, you need a Wi-Fi router.
1. Set up the Wi-Fi router near your modem and extend the “wings” of the router. This will help direct the Wi-Fi signals.
2. Now, power on the router. Look in the back. Do you see an Ethernet port? Good! Take an Ethernet cable and insert into the Ethernet port. Take the other end and connect it to the Ethernet port located on the modem.
3. Consult the Wi-Fi router’s guide for creating an SSID (that’s the network’s name) and setting up a password. Failing to do so will result in anyone being able to connect to your internet just by being nearby.
Turn Your Laptop into a Wi-Fi Hotspot
On the other end of the spectrum, you can turn your laptop into a Wi-Fi hotspot. It basically turns your laptop into a wireless router. Devices will be able to share the network you’re on. If you have a laptop connecting to an Ethernet cable, even better!
Windows makes enabling Wi-Fi hotspot incredibly easy; it’s just a flip of the switch, essentially. Here’s how it works:
1. Start by opening the Windows Start menu. Look in the bottom left corner of the Windows Start menu. See the gear icon? That’s Windows Settings. Open it.
2. In the Windows Settings, choose Network & Internet. It has the subtext, “Wi-Fi, airplane mode, VPN.”
3. In the left-hand column, click Mobile Hotspot. At the top of the page, turn on “Share your Internet connection with other devices”. Move the slider to ON.
4. Before you connect devices, click Edit. When the pop-up window appears, create a Network Password and then click Save. It’s advantageous that you do or else anyone can connect.
In conclusion, if you’re left with a wired internet connection, you have options available that can convert it wireless or extend it to wireless rather. It would be best to grab a router if you don’t have one, only because it will help in the long run, rather than turn your laptop into a hotspot.