Enable Internet Connection Sharing &
Create a Wi-Fi hotspot in Windows 8 Natively
The Windows Club
by AnandK@TWC, January 16, 2013
I just bought a Nokia Lumia 920 Windows Phone 8, and found that while downloading apps which were greater than 50MB in size, I either needed Wi-Fi connection or a 3G connection. I was on 2G and I did not have a wireless connection at home.
While one could always use WiFi HotSpot Creator or Connectify to create a WiFi hotspot, I wanted to create one natively in Windows 8. The procedure for creating one on Windows 7 was different. When I tried to do it on my Windows 8 Dell laptop, I found that the settings to Create an ad hoc network via Network and Sharing Center did not exist. The only option then, I thought, seemed to be, by using the netsh utility.
Enable Internet Connection Sharing in Windows 8
To begin, you will have to first open command prompt as an administrator. Open the WinX menu and select Command Prompt (Admin).
The CMD window will open. Type the following and hit Enter:
netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=DellNet key=asdfg12345
Here DellNet is the name I have chosen and asdfg12345 is the password I have chosen. This has to be at least 8 characters long. You can give your own name and select you own password.
Next, type the following in the CMD window and hit Enter:
netsh wlan start hostednetwork
What we have done is started the wireless Hosted
The wireless Hosted Network is a WLAN feature supported on Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 and later with the Wireless LAN Service installed. This feature implements two major functions:
You can get more details about the
Wireless Hosted Network and the netsh commands here