With Windows 8 came a number of advances and improvements in the realm of user interface, customization and overall productivity. But with the pros there are always the cons. One downside, Windows 8 can’t create Ad-hoc networks anymore. And what is an Ad-hoc, you ask? An Ad-hoc network turns your PC or tablet into a Wi-Fi hotspot and other Wi-Fi enabled devices can use your internet connection wirelessly. But don’t loathe; we are here for your rescue. We spend day and night tweaking into technology just to solve such shortcomings. Here is a tutorial that teaches you to establish a hosted network on your Windows 8. A hosted network is somewhat like Ad-hoc and lets other Wi-Fi enabled devices use your internet connection.
It is important that you follow these steps in the same order as mention here
- Not all wireless card support hosted networks. You can check about your wireless card through the command prompt. Now, I know that most users out there are reluctant to use the Command Prompt and find it complicated and uneasy. But, this function is as easy as copy pasting a simple command.
- Oh, if you are using a tablet, swipe right and type “cmd” in the search tab. Tap on the Command Prompt and chose “Run as Administrator” (This procedure can be used by PC users too)
- Now, once you’ve entered in the Command prompt Window, type this command here: netsh wlan show drivers.
- Press Enter. When the process gets completed, you get a long list of items that is daunting. Don’t worry, you don’t need to read and process all of that. Just find out the line saying “Hosted network supported.” If “Yes appears right across it, then your wireless card is compatible and you can move to the next step.
- Now its time to create a hosted network. It really not that difficult.
- In the Command Prompt Window, type this command. In this command, Network name will be the name you want to give to the internet connection. Password obviously stands for the password you’re gonna give it. Put your desired name and password in this command and copy it in the command prompt window: “netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=enternetworkname key=enterpassword”
- Press Enter.
- When you see “The hosted network started”, that means you’ve been successful and we can proceed.
- In the Charm Menu, click on the network icon.
- Choose “Open Network And Sharing Centre”
- You current Wi-Fi connection will be displayed here. On the right side of it, click the name of your Wi-Fi that displays in blue color. You might also see the hosted network there and its’s connection highlighted in blue, say “xyz”.
- Now click on “Properties”.
- Choose the sharing tab. Check “Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s Internet connection.”
- In the drop down list, choose the connection of your hosted network that we termed as “xyz”.
- Click Ok.
- You are good to go. Enable WiFi on your phone or tablet. Your hosted network shall appear. Type in the password you created to get access to the network.
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