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[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.

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

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

netsh wlan start hostednetwork

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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.

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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.