[Windows 8] How to share Internet connection with your phone, tablet, other computers, and other devices (aka how to setup hosted network)

Despite having tons of new things, Windows 8 also eliminates many traditional features such as Start menu. One more thing that Windows 8 lacks the ability to create Ad-hoc networks. Ad-hoc network is a very powerful Windows feature for sharing your Internet connection with other devices (phone, tablet, other computers, etc.). In the general, with Ad-hoc network, you make your computer a Wi-Fi hotspot and other Wi-Fi enabled devices can use your Internet connection.

Unfortunately, Windows 8 can not longer make Ad-hoc networks. It can, however, still share an Internet connection with other devices (phone, tablet, other computers, etc.) using a hosted network (which is similar to Ad-hoc network). In this article, I will show you how to set up a hosted network in Windows 8.

(Using a hosted network can also be thought of as tethering your Internet connection.)

Step 1: CHECK FOR COMPATIBILITY TO CREATE HOSTED NETWORK

First of all, you have to check whether your wireless card supports hosted network. To do this, you should open Command Prompt by pressing Windows button (on tablet, swipe from the right edge then choose Search button) then type “cmd” (without the quotes). You may see the “Command Prompt” result on the left side and you have to right click/long tap on it then choose “Run as administrator” in the app bar below.

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In Command Prompt window, you should run this command to check your wireless card: ‘netsh wlan show drivers‘ (without the quotes).

After the process has finished, you need you focus on the line “Hosted network supported.” If it shows “Yes,” that means you can create a hosted network, and the “No” answer means you can’t.

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STEP 2: CREATE A HOSTED NETWORK

If you still in Command Prompt window, you are ready to go. If you don’t, just simple open it again. To create a hosted network, you should do these steps.

  • Enter this command in Command Prompt window then press enter.

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

  • In the command, networkname and password is the name and password you want to set for your network. For example, I can create a network named “sample” with password “123456789” by this command

netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=Sample key=123456789

  • After that, you network now has been created. What you have to do next is turn it on by enter this command.

netsh wlan start hostednetwork

  • Once you see the line “The hosted network started,” that mean you successfully create a hosted network.

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STEP 3: SETUP THE NETWORK

After creating the hosted network, you just have to do some simple things to make it available to other devices.

  • Open “Network and Sharing Center” by right click/long tap on the network icon in system tray then choose “Open Network and Sharing Center.”
  • In Network and Sharing Center window, you can see your current connected network. In my example, the current one is named “ZOOM” which is a Wi-Fi connection; I have to click on the blue line “Wi-Fi (ZOOM)” that places on the right side. Additionally, I notice that my hosted network’s connection name is “Local Area Network *14.”

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  • Then I should click “Properties” button in the new opened window.
  • In Properties window, I will choose “Sharing” tab then check the box “Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s Internet connection.”
  • Below that is a drop down list, I will choose it and select “Local Area Network *14,” which is my new hosted network.
  • Finally, I just click OK button and wait for it to be finished.

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  • In the photo below, I use an iPhone to connect to my hosted network. And it just works perfectly.

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CONCLUSION

In my opinion, this is a very interesting thing in Windows 8. Before I had a Wi-Fi router in my house, I had used this feature to share my desktop computer’s Internet to my phone. Hope you can find this article helpful.

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  • Hasibullah Salimi

    Hi
    I have created my new connection but when i go to properties of WiFi mentioned above my connection at the tab of sharing do not appear. what should i do?

  • domited

    it says hosted network couldn’t be started help please……

  • Miller DEnn

    Hi! I did something wrong. Instead of editing the ICS of the WIFI I edited the hosted network and ended up removing the internet access of the wifi. How do I fix this? T_T

  • Sai Nyunt Maung

    It also says “The wireless local area network interface is powered down and doesn’t support the required operation.

  • Sai Nyunt Maung

    I’ve tried as you said, but it doesn’t work. I think my problem is because my source of connection is cable not WIFI. So finally it ended up with “the hosted network cannot be started”

    Could you please kindly suggest me?

    Thanks in advance

  • carter

    thx so much im so happy mow!

  • samson

    please help the hosted network couldn’t be started?

  • Jignesh patel

    can any one reply #59 pls………

  • Dave

    this post is awesome! thanks so much!

  • dev

    everything goes right but there is no dropdown list in ‘sharing’ tab under option “allow other users to…….”. There is only a text box with fixed value “wi-fi”. It is non-changeable. No error came.i did everything as u instructed.
    Plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz tell how to fix this.
    Thanxxxxxxxxxxxx……

  • jignesh

    for the first step “netsh wlan show drivers”. I got “Yes” for “Hosted Network Supported. Then I entered netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=networkname key=password – with my ssid and key and got 1. “The Hosted network has been set to allow” 2. “SSID of hosted network has been successfully changed” 3. the User key passphrase of the hosted network has been successfully changed.

    When I entered netsh wlan start hostednetwork, I got message. “Hosted network couldn’t be started. The group or resource is not in the correct state to perform the requested operation.” ….. Please help me solve this…

  • ROn

    Fantastic solution!!! And it works!!
    Many TNX!!!!!
    Now we have got only 99999 million reasons left to NOT use windows 8;-)

  • alok

    does not show ‘sharing’ option in ‘wifi properties.
    how to fix it.
    please help me…

  • Bruce Davidson

    And then your IT dept disables wi-fi sharing policies, so this doesn’t work anyway :( At least my Linux PC is working…

  • STHLMTech

    You made my day!!!

  • Meghna

    I have followed all the processes shown above though my android mobile has been connected to the Wi-Fi but my internet connection still doesn’t work! Please help…

  • Adriana

    Hi, I have been doing this for the past couple of months but yesterday something weir happened.
    In the last step, un Wi-Fi properties, I try to select the propet private network connection but it does not allow me to change it.
    It says “Wi-Fi” and its not working.
    I really hope you can help me with this.

  • Albert

    Thank you

  • Backnsyncotb

    Thank you!! Worked here in Win 8 64

  • Anurag

    My problem –
    wifi hotspot>properties>sharing>check mark on allow> here not showing the network in the list

  • FQH

    Thanks for the info! my linksys wireless usb driver not compatible -_-

  • Julius Briosos

    This worked but not after I disabled the following items in my WLAN properties:
    -Microsoft Network Adapter Multiplexor Protocol
    -Microsoft LLDP Protocol Driver
    -Link-Layer Topology Discovery Mapper I/O Driver
    -Link-Layer Topology Discovery Responder

    After that, everything works great! Thanks!

  • siddhant sakhre

    my network created and phone gets connected to sharing network of my laptop(sample) but internet is not working on my phone…what to do??

  • Vansh Wason

    umm but my phone says that its is authenticating the network and then fails.. i have tried from diff phones also :'(

  • ronald

    this really helped a lot now i have shared my pc network for all my devices….thanks alot

  • C. C. O

    I have done this on my PC running Windows 7 Starter. My phone could see and connect to the hostednetwork, but wouldn’t open a page. Secondly, there’re no “Sharing” tab under “Properties,” only “Networking.” What should I do?

  • Josh M.

    the cmd says: the group or rescourse is not in the correct state to perform the requested operation.
    what do I do?? please e-mail me at joshuamageroy@gmail.com. thanks.

  • Nataraj

    Thank you

  • Wilson

    i have a problem. I followed the Instructions but i got this. The hosted network couldnt be started.
    A device attatched to the system is not functioning.

    pls help….

  • steve

    Dear Admin,

    please do you perform same operation every time you turn on your computer?

    Thanks

  • Parisa

    It doesnt work for me. It says ” the hosted network can not be started” I am using windows 8, not 8.1
    Please help me .

  • Abu

    plz help i followd all the steps but it wont access page loading error, server not access???????

  • Jessi

    Great article, almost everything works, my phone connects to it but i have no internet :/ I dont get it.. Tried almost everything, please help :(

  • Ayan

    I am unable to connect to the hot-spot from my Lumia. It says that my computer did not respond. However, “netsh wlan show hostednetwork” shows “one authenticated user”

  • Daniel

    Love your article, spent so much time playing with connectify and it has never worked! and this works just perfectly!

  • Aakar

    Hello,

    Its a awesome trick and really thanks for this, I have completed all the steps and found the network on my Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 WiFi network list, however when I tried to connect it with my HP Pavilion G6 it shows me authentication error, while I am sure that the password I am using is correct,I have again tried to reset my password and got success in command Prompt it shows that the details has been changed, but while connecting there is a same error”incorrect password” can you please help.

    Regarding Connectify(as Ben mentioned in his comment) I have tried previously to install that and I have installed successfully but lite version doesn’t support internet sharing via 3G & 4G network and I am using a USB Data Card.

    So could any body help me regarding this??, is there any other method in windows 8??, or I am doing something wrong.

    Thanks in advance…

  • Ben

    I think creating ad-hoc connection in Windows 8 and 8.1 wih connectify and using it on iPhone and android is really easy. Check this link: http://techzend.com/create-ad-hoc-wifi-hotspot-windows-81/

  • cvrao

    after doing all this I am asking for adminstritavie privilages. how sort out this issue

  • Yash

    [@Dustin] Thanks for replying you are genius man. all set but still am not connected.
    it just keep on loading to get connect on my iphone. can u please help me with that

  • Vini

    I can set-up everything, but after I do it, I get no internet connection in my devices (even when connected to the “router”).

  • Dustin

    [@yash]

    netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=name key=password
    netsh wlan start hostednetwork

    replace name with the ssid name you want and same for password

  • haris sheikh

    awesome man Its to good
    Thanks a lot :) :D

  • yash

    Thank you all done as u said but now it is asking for password can you please let me know where to find the password for it

  • yash

    Thank you all done as u said but now it is asking for password can you please let me know where to find the password for it

  • ohazan

    finally.. very good! thank you.

  • misagi

    Funziona alla grande!

  • motwakel

    [@azeo]

  • hous

    I follow your step,it works and then my phone can connected , but no internet access ! please help …

  • Mehmet A Evcim

    Excellent article, very useful information. Worked flawlessly. Many thanks.

  • Gaby Vandyke

    [@Joe] Enable your Wifi this will solve this problem.

  • Shahbaz

    I succeeded for the first time. Then it got disabled. And after that whenever i create a new connection, its gets created but is unable to start. Its shows:
    “The group or resource is not in the correct state to perform the requested operation.”

    What should i do? Plz help

  • eduardo

    Thank you. It works perfectly

  • Peter P

    Find your device manager, open your network devices and re enable your hosted network adapter. Help for those with the “group/resource not in correct state” problem.

  • jared

    awesome job man

  • Johnk

    Yesterday it worked perfectly. Today I am connected but no internet.
    I have it deleted and created new SSD with the new password and it started. But no internet. WiFi is 5/5 good on my smartphone, but no internet -. –
    Why? Please help me
    I am waiting for answer

  • Vikram

    My mobile device is getting connected to laptop but no internet.

  • Alexandre

    [@Paul]

    You probably had sharing in properties enabled before, try disabling it closing the window, opening, and enabling it again. (worked with me)

  • chaitanya

    awesomeeeeee!!!! its working!!!!!!!!

  • iikkrraamm

    Awesome!!

  • Daleep Kumar

    Nice Job…
    Hats Off…

  • Ravi

    At last after so much search found this article useful.

    Tried almost each and every software and trick to share the network and failed to share.

    This trick/procedure is working smoothly, just need to do some modification in the last step.

    i.e.

    Before sharing the internet of WiFi (original network), u need to turn off the sharing in sample(new network/adhoc).

    Thumbs Up :)

  • Nathan

    [@rinoa25]

    Yeah mines the same, a .bat file should fix though

  • sheanne

    everything was successful except for i cannot access the internet in my phone? it shows in my wifi but i cant access net even if i already enterd the password,.

  • azeo

    if it appear like this..what should i do?

    “the hosted network couldn’t be started. The group or resource is not in the correct state to perform the requested operation”….

    your help will be very useful..

  • Joe

    mine says the hosted network couldnt be started.
    A device attatched to the system isnt functioning. Help please

  • Paul

    The part where you connect to local area network, mine only gives me the option of wifi

  • Edvan

    thanks, it works!

  • rinoa25

    I tried this out. But does it really happen that the network is not saved? I need to make a new one everytime I close my PC. Isn’t this connection ever saved?

  • Godel

    Thanks for this article, I’ve saved myself a copy.

    I don’t currently have a tablet but I’m looking at a Nexus 7 for the future.

    What the hell were Microsoft thinking by making things this complicated? Tethering phones and tablets is one of those “up and coming” often-needed computer applications for today.