How to Create a WiFi Hotspot Using the Command Prompt | amcooltech

How to Create a WiFi Hotspot Using the Command Prompt

Open Start

. It's in the bottom-left corner of the screen. You can also press the Win key to open Start.
    • On Windows 8, place your mouse in the upper-right corner of the screen, then click the magnifying glass icon.

  • Type command prompt into Start. Doing so will bring up the Command Prompt icon. 

    Command Prompt. It's at the top of the page.
      • If you're using a laptop with a trackpad and no mouse buttons, tap the trackpad with two fingers instead of right-clicking.


    Click Run as administrator. This option is in the right-click drop-down menu If you don't have the Run as administrator option, you can't create a Wi-Fi hotspot.  

    Click Yes when prompted. Doing so will open Command Prompt. 

    Type NETSH WLAN show drivers and press Enter. This command will display information to help you confirm that your computer can create a hotspot with Command Prompt. 

    Look for "Yes" next to "Hosted network supported". If you see "Yes" here, your computer supports the Hosted Network feature, which is what allows you to create a Wi-Fi hotspot.
      • If you don't see "Yes" here, your computer can't create a wireless hotspot through Command Prompt.

    and press Enter. Make sure you replace the "NETWORKNAME" and "PASSWORD" text with what you want your hotspot's name and password to be.

    Type NETSH WLAN start hostednetwork and press Enter. This will turn on your Wi-Fi hotspot.

    Exit Command Prompt. Now that your hotspot is live, you'll need to share its availability in order to connect to it.
    Part 2
    Sharing the Network 
  • Open Start

    and type in control panel. Doing so will search your computer for the Control Panel app.

    Click Control Panel. It will appear at the top of the Start window. 

    Click Network and Internet. It's in the middle of the page. 

    Click Change adapter settings. It's a link in the upper-left side of the window. 

  • Right-click your current connection's name. You'll find it near the top of the "Change adapter settings" window.

  • Click Properties. It's at the bottom of the drop-down menu. 

    Click the Sharing tab. This option is at the top of the window.

    Click the box below the "Home networking connection" heading. This option is in the middle of the page.

  • Click your hotspot's name. It will be something like "Local Area Connection * #".

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