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

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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.

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    • If you are running Windows 10, use this (http://www.nextofwindows.com/how-to-enable-wifi-hotspot-on-windows-10-without-3rd-party-tools).

      If you are on Windows 7 or 8, try this instead. (http://www.nextofwindows.com/8-free-tools-to-turn-windows-into-a-wifi-hotspot).

  1. 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 : 18.33.0.2
    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 None
    Open WEP-40bit
    Open WEP-104bit
    Open WEP
    WPA-Enterprise TKIP
    WPA-Enterprise CCMP
    WPA-Personal TKIP
    WPA-Personal CCMP
    WPA2-Enterprise TKIP
    WPA2-Enterprise CCMP
    WPA2-Personal TKIP
    WPA2-Personal CCMP
    Open Vendor defined
    Vendor defined Vendor defined
    Wireless Display Supported: Yes (Graphics Driver: Yes, Wi-Fi Driver: Yes)

  2. Hello, I followed all the required steps above and managed to successfully create the hotspot, however the shared internet didn’t work on any of my device. The network was recognized and founded by the devices but they don’t have internet connection even though the host computer said it did. I have tried this with my laptop and my iPhone and neither worked. On the iPhone it even won’t connect and just loading endlessly. I need help please, thank you

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