Bet you weren’t expecting that. Big-brand Wi-Fi extenders typically come in at hundreds of pounds or dollars, but for free? In this tutorial I am going to show you how to turn an old Windows 10 device into a Wi-Fi extender. There are two major downsides: you can only connect eight devices (you can disconnect devices to make room for new ones) and the fact that in order to get good speeds, you need to place it in a half-way zone: where the internet is about half way through the ‘bars’, or else you will notice that the speeds will be horrific on the new network. A side note: the device that you are using has to be running Windows 10 version 1703 or above to work. Another blog post is linked here to show you how to check your Windows 10 version.
First, head over to the action centre.
Next, click on ‘Expand’.
After you’ve clicked on ‘Expand’, it should look something like this:
Then click on ‘Mobile Hotspot’.
It should load for a while before the text on ‘Mobile hotspot’ turns into text saying ‘0/8’ followed by a name (it changes between devices).
Now you can configure the name, password and band of the Wi-Fi network- or you can just check the password.
To do this, right-click on the ‘Mobile hotspot’ button that you clicked on earlier. REMEMBER: The text will probably have changed to ‘0/8’ followed by the name of the network, but it’s still the same button, so press it!
A new box should pop up. Click on ‘Go to Settings’.
It should have loaded up the Settings app with the ‘Mobile hotspot’ page being displayed.
On the page, there is a toggle to turn the hotspot on and off, an option where you can choose the source of the original Wi-Fi network that you want to broadcast (1), you can see the new network name (2), you can see the new network password (3), you can see the new network’s band (4) and finally an edit button (5), where you can change the name, password and band of the network.
At the bottom of the page, there is a line of text which reads ‘Devices connected’ followed by the number of devices connected out of eight. (6) There is also a graph giving the details of the devices connected. To edit the hotspot’s settings, click ‘Edit’ (5).
Finally, a new menu should appear.
You can change the network name (6) and password (7) to whatever you like, and the band (8) to whatever you like- the band that is compatible with most devices is 2.4 GHz, so you should probably choose that. After you have finished, press ‘Save’ or ‘Cancel’ to either save or discard your changes.
And that’s it! You’re done.
I hope you found this tutorial useful, and I will be uploading more of these to both my YouTube channel and this blog, so stay updated!
If you can’t find the network on a device, change the hotspot’s band to 2.4 GHz. You can find out how to do this in steps #4 to #7.