How to Create A WiFi Hotspot in Windows 8/8.1

Posted by Britt Duncan - July 23, 2014

You may fact such a dilemma when kids want to play games on the only at home computer whle you have work to do. There are so many electronic devices in the house nowadays, like smart phones, tablets. To settle the “dispute” between family members, all you need to do is to turn the laptop into a WiFi hotspot and connects the electronic devices to the wireless network. Then, everyone can be happy. In this post, needed procedure to go through setting up the hotspot in Windows 8/8.1 will be introduced in detail. Please read on.

Step one: Click Win + Q to display search box in the Windows 8/8.1, put in cmd and select Command Prompt from the search results.

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Step two: In the opening up Command Prompt window, enter the command line with decided username and password for the hotspot. In the example, I use Hotspot as the username and Doohelp as the password. Therefore, for the command line, I have to put: netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=Hotspot key=Doohelp. In your case, simply decide a username and password that are easy for you to remember and replace the two parts in the command line listed above respectively. Afterwards, click Enter when you finish typing the line.

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Step three: Build up a virtual adapter so that other devices can connect to the wireless network via this point. In the Command Prompt window, proceed to type netsh wlan start hostednetwork and hit Enter. You shall see a message saying the host network started.

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Step four: Hit Win + Q again and put sharing center in the search box this time. Select Network and sharing Center from the displaying search outcome. You should be able to see the virtual adapter you just build up. Click the connecting network connection, which is in my case, the Ethernet connection and a Ethernet Status dialogue box opens up.

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Step six: Hit Properties button and then go to the Sharing tab, tick the check-box before Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s Internet connection. Subsequently, click the drop-down box underneath Home networking connection session and select the virtual adapter you just created. You’re almost done. Click OK to save all changes.

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Go back to the network sharing center, you will see the hotspot is configured successfully and is ready to be connected! Now, you can connect your phone or tablet to see whether they can access online or not.

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