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How to Create a Wi-Fi Hotspot in Windows 10

If you are using a wired connection on your PC or using a USB connection with your 3G or 4G LTE dongle, you can share this connection to other devices. This means you can connect other smartphones, tablets and even laptops to this connection by creating a portable wireless hotspot on Windows 10. There is no direct UI to create the hotspot, but you can easily do it using few commands.

In this article, we will show you how to get started in creating a wireless hotspot in Windows 10.

Here is the video on how to create a hotspot.

To get started, right click on the Windows start button and click Command prompt (admin). This will open the command prompt in administrator mode.

Now type the following command;

netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=AdHoc key=password

In the above command, you can add your own value for SSID and enter your key. Now press enter.

 

Now to start the network, type the below command;

netsh wlan start hostednetwork

Now that ad-hoc connection is created with passkey, you need to share the existing connection.

Once the hosted network is enabled, you can see MyWiFi connection listed in the network and sharing center. Now the network needs an internet connection and for this, you need to share the existing active Internet connection. Right click on your existing internet connection and select properties.

Now select the Sharing tab in properties. Check the box against “Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s internet connection”. Then select the newly created Wi-fi connection from the drop down list. Now save the details and close the properties.

Now you can see Internet available on the new hotspot connection created.

In case you want to stop the hosted network, use this command;

netsh wlan stop hostednetwork

If you find this method difficult, you can probably use tools like Virtual Hotspot, Connectify or mHotspot.

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  • Thanks for the info, it is very useful.
    one thing i wanna ask is, ive been started it, and never turned it off and instead just shut off my labtop, assuming that it does shut down that wi fi as well.

    now i see lots of Service Host: thing in task manager,
    Sevice Host: network restricted, no network, No impersonation, remote procedure call , and so on.

    are they supposed be exist? or does it come from this internet sharing method?

  • But the MyWiFi network created is not permanent. It deleted itself soon after turning off Wifi. Can I have a permanent network? Please reply.
    Thank You.

  • i have latest...windows 10 anniversary update installed. I use INTERNET connection though USB modem.
    when tried to make it Hotspot at newly featured settings with the recent update..it says.. ''we cant set up hotspot cause ur pc doesnt have Ethernet, wi-fi or cellular data connection. the Hotspot button is inactive.
    Help me resolve the issue...i want to TURN my Pc HOTSPOT oN.

  • I get 'The hosted network couldn’t be started.'

    If you are running Windows 7 or higher then you should be able to share Connectify via AP(Access Point). If this is not the case, please be sure to check that you have the latest wireless drivers installed for your wireless device by visiting the wireless card manufacturer's website or the computer manufacturer's website. If you have an older wireless device that does not support Hosted Networks(AP mode) then you might need to purchase a USB WiFi adapter. You can check this information by opening the command prompt and entering the following command:

    netsh wlan show drivers

    If your device says 'Hosted network supported: No' then you will not be able to run your hotspot in AP mode. As mentioned above, you can try checking for driver updates that might include support for Hosted Networks(AP mode), but if it doesn't help then you will need to purchase a USB WiFi adapter that does.

  • i have found solution for 'The hosted network couldn’t be started.
    The group or resource is not in the correct state to perform the requested operation'

    1. netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow (type this first-result will be 'hosted network mode has been set to allow')
    2. netsh wlan start hostednetwork (result will be 'hosted network started')
    3. then go to network settings->choose your connection name->sharing tab->allow other users->WiFi name->select and click ok.

    Done

    Regards,
    Siva

  • i try to do this method but it didnt work after run
    netsh wlan start hostednetwork
    it gives me
    The hosted network couldn't be started.
    The group or resource is not in the correct state to perform the requested operation.

  • I am having this problem. Can somebody help ??

    C:\WINDOWS\system32>netsh wlan start hostednetwork
    The hosted network couldn't be started.
    The group or resource is not in the correct state to perform the requested operation.

  • Hi

    Below is the error message I received:
    "The hosted network couldn't be started.
    The group or resource is not in the correct state to perform the requested operation."

  • The hosted network couldn't be started.
    The group or resource is not in the correct state to perform the requested operation.
    please tell me A SOLUTION

  • Hi,
    Actually i have the same problem;
    The hosted network couldn’t be started.
    The group or resource is not in the correct state to perform the requested operation.

    It worked properly before but after couple days it's F

    Please need to fix it.