How To Use a Wired Connection as a Hotspot

Dear Computer Lady,

I work in a building made most of concrete block. The WiFi here is horrible. My area doesn’t get a signal and I have to go out of my office and down the hall to get a signal.

I do however have a wired connection that connects to my desktop connection. Is there a device or a way to connect a small wifi router to a usb port on my desktop or to the wired connection that will give me WiFi for my phone and ipad?

Thanks, Josh

Dear Josh,

I read your email and even though I didn’t think there was a solution to your problem, I did a quick search and was surprised to find a Windows 10 feature that might solve your problem.

If you look in the settings under, “Network & Internet” you will find a section named, “Mobile hotspot” You can set it up to use either wi-fi or bluetooth.

I have not used it, so I don’t know how well it works, but you can find more information on Microsoft’s website at:

I hope this helps you.



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