I just acquired a new computer and it has this Hotspot Station item on it that runs all the time. What is it and can I uninstall or deactivate it? It is located in the Dell Wireless/Hotspot folder?
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The computer is the Dell XPS 8500. I'm not sure what wireless card is installed - how do I tell? I've only had the computer for a few days, so am still trying to learn it. Just trying to figure out all the programs starting at start-up and which ones are safe to disable.
I saw it on my XPS8500 and believe it allows your PC to act as a wifi access point to allow other devices to connect to your PC and share it's internet connection.
Suppose you only have a wired internet connection from a cable modem going to your XPS8500, using the hotspot feature makes the XPS8500 become a wireless access point sharing the internet with your other wifi devices (all the time the XPS8500 is running and has this feature active)
wireless wifi is always a potential security risk by the nature of it being transmitted beyond your home so you would secure the hotspot with a password so providing you use a strong password it should prevent others from accessing the network.
When you say your hotspot is running all the time where are you seeing this? on my XPS8500 I have to go to 'All Programs> Hotspot folder then start the 'Hotspot' software then add my password then hit the start button on the program to activate the hotspot. Unless I do all of those steps the Hotspot is not operating.
Is it showing in the 'startup' folder or just the 'hotspot' folder amongst all other programs in the 'All Programs' menu?
I do wonder whether your hotspot is working all the time?
When I start my Hotspot software and click the help icon I get this info:
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HotSpot is an application that allows you to turn your computer into a WIFI hotspot to share the Internet with your friends co-workers and devices. HotSpot utilizes your computers' built in WiFi card to wirelessly share any available Internet connections. Other Wi-Fi enabled devices can see and join your hotspot just like any other Wi-Fi access point and are kept safe and secure by password-protected WPA2 Encryption. Please press START button to enjoy this feature.
Maybe it was a fresh setup issue - I just setup the computer. I checked the "Start" button items and it is no longer showing up there.