Easily Making A Wifi Hotspot on Windows 7|8|10 with This Portable Tool

HostedNetworkStarter is a new utility from NirSoft that allows you to easily create a wifi hotspot with your wireless network adapter, using the Wifi hosted network feature of Windows Operating System. With the wifi hotspot created by this tool, you can allow any device with wifi support to access the network and the Internet connection available in your computer.

Like any other tools from NirSoft, HostedNetworkStarter is a portable tool that doesn’t require any installation process or additional DLL files though it does come with a version with full install/uninstall support. To run the tool, simply launch the executable file, hostednetworkstarter.exe from the zipped file. The first window that pops up is the “Hosted Network Option” window asking you the specifics for your wifi hotspot, such as Network Name (SSID), Network Key, etc.

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Click Start once you keyed in all the necessary information. The main HostedNetworkStarter window shows up, indicating whether the hotspot is active or not. If it shows Active, it’s ready to accept any new connections. It also shows any active connections at the bottom of the window with some basic information about the connected device, such as Mac Address, Connect Time, etc.

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HostedNetworkStarter works on Windows 7 and above, with the support of both 32-bit and 64-bit systems. You will need a wireless network adapter that supports Wifi hosted network to get it to work.

We also have a step-by-step guide on how to turn your Windows 8 or 10 computer into a wireless hotspot without any 3rd party tool, worth check out.

Or, if this tool doesn’t work out for you, there are more tools available in the line up for this task.

Kent Chen

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

Last updated: 04/05/2016

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