Activate a wireless hotspot on Windows 10 1
- You must be an administrator of the machine to complete this guide.
- You need to have at least two network devices.
- One of them needs to have access to the internet and the other one needs to be a WiFi adapter which has
To check if your wireless adapter supports the functionality for
Hosted Network, open a
Command Prompt and type
NETSH WLAN show drivers.
To open the
Command Prompt, press the buttons
R on your keyboard.
A new run command prompt will appear.
Type in the input box
cmd and hit the
In the new
Command Prompt type
NETSH WLAN show drivers, the results should be similar to below.
C:\Users\bytefreaks>NETSH WLAN show drivers Interface name: Wi-Fi Driver : Realtek RTL8188CU Wireless LAN 802.11n USB 2.0 Network Adapter Vendor : Realtek Semiconductor Corp. Provider : Realtek Semiconductor Corp. Date : 3/4/2016 Version : 1027.4.630.2015 INF file : ???? Type : Native Wi-Fi Driver Radio types supported : 802.11n 802.11b 802.11g FIPS 140-2 mode supported : Yes 802.11w Management Frame Protection supported : Yes Hosted network supported : Yes Authentication and cipher supported in infrastructure mode: Open None WPA2-Personal CCMP Open WEP-40bit Open WEP-104bit Open WEP WPA-Enterprise TKIP WPA-Personal TKIP WPA2-Enterprise TKIP WPA2-Personal TKIP WPA-Enterprise CCMP WPA-Personal CCMP WPA2-Enterprise CCMP Vendor defined TKIP Vendor defined CCMP Vendor defined Vendor defined Vendor defined Vendor defined WPA2-Enterprise Vendor defined WPA2-Enterprise Vendor defined Vendor defined Vendor defined Vendor defined Vendor defined Authentication and cipher supported in ad-hoc mode: Open None Open WEP-40bit Open WEP-104bit Open WEP WPA2-Personal CCMP Wireless Display Supported: Yes (Graphics Driver: Yes, Wi-Fi Driver: Yes)
In the results you need to find the line
Hosted network supported and verify that the value is set to
Yes, if it is not, then you cannot proceed with this wireless network adapter.
In case you got a permission error on the above command, try to open a new
Command Prompt with admin rights.
Press the keys
X, in the pop-up menu select
Command Prompt (Admin). If your account has enough access rights, a new run command prompt will appear. In the new
Command Prompt (Admin) type
NETSH WLAN show drivers, the results should be similar to above.
If this failed as well, you cannot proceed with the current account, you either need to sign in with another account or ask your system administrator to perform this task for you.
How to setup the hotspot
Command Prompt enter the following command:
NETSH WLAN set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=BYTEFREAKS key=0123456789
ssid=BYTEFREAKS with the name that you want to give your network. e.g.
key=0123456789 with the password that you want to give your network. e.g.
The new network will use
WPA/WPA2 PSK security policy so your password needs to be at least 8 characters long.
The results will be similar to the following block.
C:\Users\bytefreaks>NETSH WLAN set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=HIDDEN007 key=0123456789 The hosted network mode has been set to allow. The SSID of the hosted network has been successfully changed. The user key passphrase of the hosted network has been successfully changed.
How to activate the hotspot
Once the Hosted Network is created, enter the following command as is to activate it
NETSH WLAN start hostednetwork
C:\Users\bytefreaks>NETSH WLAN start hostednetwork The hosted network started.
After this step, your network will be visible to connect to but it will not provide its users with internet access.
Please note that due to the lack of commands in the documentation (https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/dd815243(v=vs.85).aspx) it is not possible to prevent your hotspot from broadcasting its SSID to everyone. In other words, it is not possible to hide your network from other users, so use a strong password!
How to share internet connection with the hotspot
Press on the keyboard
X to open the
Power User menu, and select
You will notice that a there is a new device in this list. The name of this device will be something line
Local Area Connection* 12. That device is the new virtual device you created in the previous step to create the hotspot.
Right-click the other network adapter, that has an active internet connection and select
Click on the
Allow other network users to connect through this computer's Internet connection option.
Home networking connection drop-down menu select the virtual device that we created.
OK to close the configuration and apply the changes.
By completing this step, all devices connected to your Hotspot will have access to the internet via the connection of the second network device.