Although you would typically connect devices to a network switch to access the internet, sometimes, you may not have enough ports or a long enough cable to make the connection. So, the Internet Connection Sharing feature available on Windows 10 lets you extend the internet to other devices. This is similar to the mobile hotspot feature. However, the difference is that using the Internet Connection Sharing feature, the sharing happens through an Ethernet or WiFi adapter while using the mobile hotspot feature, the sharing happens through a WiFi adapter. In this guide, you will learn the steps to share an internet connection to other devices using the Internet Connection Sharing built-in to Windows 10. This process requires two network adapters, one that has to be connected to the internet and another to provide other devices access to the connection.

Share internet through Ethernet on Windows 10

To share an internet connection with other devices on Windows 10 via Ethernet, use these steps: Once you complete the steps, connect the device or network switch to the Ethernet port to provide internet connectivity. Since there is no DHCP server to offer networking configurations, the devices participating in the internet sharing will negotiate an automatic private IP address. If you prefer, you could configure each device with a different static TCP/IP address. Change adapter options Enable Internet Sharing Connection Quick note: If you select a WiFi adapter, you are then technically enabling a mobile hotspot. We focus this guide on Windows 10, but this feature is also available on Windows 11 and older versions, including Windows 8.1 and Windows 7. All content on this site is provided with no warranties, express or implied. Use any information at your own risk. Always backup of your device and files before making any changes. Privacy policy info.