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How to create wireless hotspot on Windows 8

📅 2014-Jan-29 ⬩ ✍️ Ashwin Nanjappa ⬩ 📚 Archive

There are some situations where you may have to create a wireless hotspot from your Windows 8 notebook. For example, you have only a wired LAN connection to the Internet, but have wireless-only devices like smartphones or tablets. In these situations, your Windows 8 notebook can be configured to act as a wireless router offering wireless access to internet to your other gadgets.

This can be done on Windows 8 in a few steps:

netsh show wlan drivers

This prints out all the properties of the wireless adapters on your notebook. Look for the property named Hosted network supported and it should be say Yes. If it says No, you are out of luck ☹

netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=foobarwifi key=foobarkey
netsh wlan start hostednetwork

Tried with: Windows 8 x64