Setting up Wifi hotspot on Windows 8

This afternoon I worked with others in the library, and came across some strange issues. My laptop was able to connect to the network, but there was another laptop having issues of “No Internet Connection”, despite its being connected to the network. I figured out a way of sharing the usable connection on my laptop.

1. Check if your network card support this.

Start a command window as administrator, and type this:

C:\WINDOWS\system32>netsh wlan show drivers
Hosted network supported: Yes

If you get this line in the output, then you have a usable network card. Move to the next step.

2. Set up a shared network.

C:\WINDOWS\system32>netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=<ssid> key=<pwd>
C:\WINDOWS\system32>netsh wlan start hostednetwork

In the first command, <ssid> is the ID of the shared network, <pwd> is the password. Remember to take a note about this, as you could easily recycle this shared network in the future, given you still remember the password.

3.  Enable network sharing.

Open control panel, and find “Network Connections” (or network adapter settings). Right click on the usable Internet connection, and choose “Properties”. In the “Sharing” tab, check the “Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s Internet connection” option. In the dropdown list, choose the virtual network we just started.

Now the rest of the laptops just need to connect to this newly-established virtual network, and get connected to the Internet.

4. Stop the sharing.

Reverse the above procedures, and in the command window, type

C:\WINDOWS\system32>netsh wlan stop hostednetwork


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