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Create HotSpot in Windows 8 (adhoc network)

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Create HotSpot in Windows 8 (adhoc network)

Posted by Mandeep Singh on Mar 24, 2013 in Microsoft | 7 comments Apart from Start Orb and classic Start Menu, what most Windows 7 users, who decided to take Windows 8 for a spin, miss in Windows 8 is ability to create ad-hoc network. If youre a power users, you mightve noticed that Windows 8 doesnt include an option to create and setup ad hoc network connection to share files and internet with Wi-Fi enabled computers and devices. Windows 7 ad hoc connection feature does nothing except creating a shared connection with separate IP address to register the device on the virtual network. This allows users to use routers default or specified DNS server address to easily connect to internet. Even though Windows 8 comes with ICS (Internet Connection Sharing) feature to allow devices to connect to yours PC internet connection, it doesnt allow creating a wireless network connection to share the internet. In this post, we will look at some tools that let you easily create and manage ad-hoc connections in Windows 8.

Using Windows Netsh Utility

The Network Shell (netsh) utility is basically developed to let users configure network devices in

Now, first you need to check weather your network interface supports virtualization or not. Simply, run the following command to view Hosted network supported status. netsh wlan show drivers

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In case, it says No, you will need to update your both client and server editions of Windows. The support for configuring WLAN using netsh was first introduced in Windows Vista, and its now available in Windows Server 2008, Windows 7 and Windows 8. Using netsh wlan command, one can easily use hosted network (virtualization) feature to create a virtual wireless connection. The Hosted Network is WLAN feature, which is designed to implement virtualization of physical network adapter. Since it plays a vital role in creating a virtual wireless adapter, its used by a majority of virtual Wi-Fi hotspot applications, such as Virtual WiFi Router, MyPublicWiFi, Marfi etc. So, if your NIC supports wireless hostednetwork / virtualization feature, then you can create an ad hoc wireless connection and turn your PC into Wi-Fi hotspot. As stated earlier, both Windows 7 and Windows 8 natively support configuring ad hoc wireless connection using the netsh commands. In order to create an ad hoc connection in Windows 8 using netsh utility, run CMD with administrative privileges; just type cmd on Start Screen, right-click it and select Run as administrator . network adapters driver. If your NIC supports virtualization, youre good to go. Now, enter the following commands to configure an ad hoc wireless connection. netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=<network name> key=<passkey>

Once the hosted network has been set to allow, you need to start the mode to create an ad hoc connection. Just enter the command below. netsh wlan start hostednetwork

If it says hosted network couldnt started, you need to disable current wireless network device and then enable it. You may also need to refresh network adapter list from Device Manger to install a virtual network device driver. When the hosted network is started, enable ICS for newly created Wi-Fi connection, so that you can share your internet connection with others. In order to enable ICS feature, head over to Network and Internet > Network Connections, and open Properties dialog of network device (which is connected to internet). Now, open Sharing tab, enable Allow other network users to connect through this computers Internet connection, and then choose the newly created ad hoc connection from the list. In our case, its Wi-Fi 2, as shown in the screenshot below.

Once the internet connection is shared, check the IP address assigned to newly created ad hoc connection from TCP/IPv4 Properties. If it doesnt assign IP address, then run netsh wlan start hostednetwork command in CMD.

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After following the above steps, you will be able to connect Wi-Fi enabled devices with your Windows 8 PC. As shown in the screenshot below, the current internet connection is successfully shared with ad hoc connection.



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Ravi Prakash

I am able to create Hotspot. I have a Ethernet connection which I have shared for newly created ad-hoc network. My Mobile is connected to Hotspot, but internet is not working. IP Address has been acquired. Any clue ?


how to get this permanently enabled? or have a shortcut to turn it on?

Ravi Prakash

You may create a batch file for the set of commands and execute it as "Run as Administrator" after Windows boots up..
2 Bala

thanks Yaar, its working......................!


i have got the settings correct, but unable to connect as it says password incorrect



In that case please check the wep settings!


could you please explain how to check the wep settings? i'm having the same issue with the password while trying to connect to my hosted network


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