How To Turn Your Windows 8 or Windows 10 Computer into A Wireless Hotspot Access Point

Since Windows 7, Microsoft has built in the virtual WiFi technology into Windows that gives the ability to turn any Windows machine with the supported wireless adapter into a wireless hotspot natively without the help from any 3rd party tools. A pretty feature could be very useful and handy but lacks a pretty and easy-to-use user interface.

Let’s take a look how it works first.

1. Open Command Prompt window as Administrator

You can do so press Win+X and choose command prompt (admin) from the list.

Command Prompt as Admin

2. Type the following command to check if you have a supported wireless device.

netsh wlan show drivers

netsh wlan show drivers

3. If yes, type the following command to set wireless parameters such as SSID and passcode, and start the service

netsh wlan  set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=myssid key=password
netsh wlan start hostednetwork

netsh wlan

4. Turn on Internet Connection Sharing on the network adaptor that has the access to the Internet. You can do so by

  1. Going to Control Panel, Network & Internet, and Network Connections.
  2. Right click the adapter and go to properties.
  3. Turn on the option “Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s Internet connection” under Sharing tab. Make sure to pick the enabled Wireless virtual adaptor as the Home networking connection.

Network Sharing Properties

5. That’s it once you click OK. The network connections window should look like something like this.

Network Connection with Virtual WiFi

Now I can connect my iPhone to it. Isn’t it nice?

iPhone wifi connection

But that’s too cumbersome, isn’t it? What’s worse is that it doesn’t stay. You need to do it all over again after you reboot your computer.

To streamline a bit, you can save the two netsh commands shown above into a batch file. Right click the batch file and Run as Administrator every time when you need to enable it. You can even save a shortcut to the batch file into the Startup (%appdata%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup\) to let it run automatically every time when you log in. Make sure you change the shortcut properties to make sure it runs as administrator to gain the right privilege.

If that’s also quite too techy, here 8 free tools that easily turns your Windows system into a wireless hotspot.

Kent Chen

Microsoft MVP, IT Professional, Developer, Geek, and the co-founder of Next of Windows.

Last updated: 03/22/2016

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The first 3 steps did the job!

Dharmveer Yadav

Sir, I have a problem in opening hotspot of my laptop.
Please help me

l am getting this after showing network drivers, does this mean this driver does not support AP or hosted network in windows 10 for internet sharing Interface name: Wi-Fi Driver : Intel(R) Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265 Vendor : Intel Corporation Provider : Intel Date : 1/28/2016 Version : INF file : C:\Windows\INF\oem31.inf Files : 3 total C:\Windows\system32\DRIVERS\Netwtw02.sys C:\Windows\system32\DRIVERS\Netwfw02.dat C:\Windows\system32\DRIVERS\vwifibus.sys Type : Native Wi-Fi Driver Radio types supported : 802.11b 802.11g 802.11n 802.11a 802.11ac FIPS 140-2 mode supported : Yes 802.11w Management Frame Protection supported : Yes Hosted network supported : No Authentication and cipher supported in infrastructure mode: Open… Read more »
Kent Chen

Cool…thanks for sharing, Derek.

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