How to Create WiFi Hotspot in Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

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This quick guide explains steps to create WiFi Hotspot in Ubuntu 20.04 LTS.

Internet connection sharing is not new. It was available as an operating system feature for some time. In Windows 10, it is very easy to create Hotspot with just click of a button in Settings. In Linux Systems, particularly in Ubuntu-based systems, it was a bit tricky from the beginning. However, in recent Ubuntu 20.04 LTS – it is very straightforward and you can quickly set up your WiFi hotspot from desktop/laptop.

But before you try the following steps, remember the below points.

  • You can only create a WiFi hotspot of your Wired or USB data card internet connection. That means you can not share your internet if you are already using another WiFi hotspot.
  • When you create a hotspot in Ubuntu, your existing WiFi connection would be de-activated.
  • This method would work with wired internet, USB 4G dongle, and both in Laptops and desktops.

Steps to Create WiFi Hotspot in Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

  • Make sure you are connected to the internet in your Ubuntu 20.04 LTS.
  • Open Settings, go to WiFi tab. From the top bar, select “Turn on WiFi hotspot”.
Hotspot menu
Hotspot menu
  • On the next window, give a network name and password. This name would be available as a hotspot name across devices.
Wifi Settings in Ubuntu 20.04
Wifi Settings in Ubuntu 20.04
  • Click Turn On. Check the status in the top bar.
Active WiFi Hotspot
Active WiFi Hotspot
  • Open up your other device – Laptop or mobile phone and search for WiFi hotspot. You can see the name of your Ubuntu system as a hotspot.
Created hotspot is available
Created hotspot is available
  • Connect using the password.
Connect from Mobile
Connect from Mobile
  • And you can now browse the internet using this hotspot created in Ubuntu 20.04 LTS system.

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