In this article, I will guide you on how to connect two laptops using Wi-Fi in Windows 10. Windows 10 features to connect two laptops for sharing data between each other, for this I will walk you through with the setting up a new network and how will you share the files between the two laptops after their connection.
Before starting with the stepwise guide, there are some requirements that you should preserve. These requirements are listed below.
- Both laptops should be Wi-Fi enabled.
- Both laptops should have windows 10 operating system running
- Windows 10 updated to 1703 build or to the latest
- Wireless router or a device for an access point.
- Connected to the internet throughout the process
- No homegroup for setting up the network.
So let’s start with the stepwise guide
Step 1: Open Network & Internet from Settings
Click on the Windows start menu as highlighted above.
This will open up a Menu with some options, click on the Settings Icon as highlighted above.
After the Settings pane opens up, as shown above, click on the Network & Internet settings as highlighted above.
Step 2: Change Connection Properties
In the Network & Internet pane, click on the Status option on the left navigation menu as highlighted above.
Now In Status pane, click on the Change connection properties under the Network status as highlighted above.
This will take you to the settings of the network that your laptop is connected with. Make sure that your Network profile is Private, if not, click on the Private radio button as highlighted above.
Step 3: Modifying Sharing Options
Now go back to the Status pane in the Network & Internet settings and click on the Sharing Options under the Change your network settings as shown above.
After Sharing Options pane shows up, as shown above, click to expand the Private options as highlighted above.
Now under Network discovery, Turn on network discovery and also turn on file and printer sharing under the File and printer sharing option as highlighted above.
Now click on the All Networks option as highlighted above to expand its settings.
Now under the Public folder sharing, Turn off folder sharing as highlighted above.
Under File Sharing connections, select Use 128-bit encryption to help protect file sharing option.
And, under Password protected sharing, turn off password protected sharing.
Step 4: Turn media streaming On
Under Media streaming option click on the Choose media streaming options as highlighted above.
After clicking the Choose media sharing option, Windows will ask you to turn on the media streaming option if it finds it to be turned off, click on the Turn on media streaming button as highlighted above.
After turning media streaming on, choose media streaming option for computer and devices pane will open up as shown above.
Now select the Local network option from the show devices on option as highlighted above. Select or deselect the desired devices from the list, each computer and devices have a checkbox against them to select or deselect them as shown above.
After selecting the desired device you want to stream media with, click on the OK button as highlighted above.
Step 5: Give access to devices
Now open up file explorer from your desktop as shown above.
Choose any folder or drive, I have selected Software folder from the drive. Right–click on the folder, a menu will appear, hover your mouse pointer on the Give access to the option which will cascade more options, now select the Specific people… option as shown above.
This will open up a Network access pane as shown above, in which you can choose the device to share with.
Now type a name or click on the drop-down arrow as highlighted above to select from its options.
Select Everyone from the list and click on Add button as shown above.
After adding Everyone, you can change the permission level of it by clicking on the drop-down arrow as highlighted above.
You can give it a Read-only permission in which the user can only access and use the file but cannot modify it.
You can give it a Read/Write permission in which user you shared with can use as well as modify the shared file.
You can select Remove option to remove the device from the list of sharing.
After adding click on the Share button to proceed.
This will show the particular folder or file has now been shared, click on the Done button to proceed.
Step 6: Check your shared files and folder
Now go back to your file explorer and type: \\localhost on the address bar as shown above.
Now click Enter and this will open up a pane in which you can see the files and folders that have been shared as shown above.
Step 7: Accessing Folder from the second laptop.
On your second laptop change the network properties and sharing properties as you did above. You can leave the media streaming option as you’re not sharing any folder with the second laptop.
Open up a file explorer in your second laptop (the one you intended to share your files with). Now on the left navigation menu, click on the Network option as highlighted above.
Now in the discovered network devices, select and open the laptop you shared folder from as shown above.
Now you can find the shared folder and access it files on your second laptop as shown above. Now similarly you can share the whole laptop’s folders and files, by following the above steps for both of your laptop.
Congratulations! Now you know how to connect two laptops using Wi-Fi in Windows 10! Enjoy sharing through Wi-Fi.