You can use your Windows 8 laptop as a wireless access point. It is very much different from a AD-HOC network. Ad-Hoc supports wireless connection between computers. But this article will show you how to set up your Windows 8 PC to work as a Hotspot and after that you will able to connect any Wi-Fi enabled smartphone and tablet with it. There are plenty of applications available to use your Windows computer as Hotspot but most of them are paid applications. Here, in Windows 8 you can turn this feature on without using any third party software.
1. Press Windows Key + R and type ncpa.cpl, Hit Enter.
2. Right-click on your active wireless network connection and select Properties option.
3. Select Sharing tab and select Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s internet connection. It will allow other wireless devices to connect.
4. If you get following dialog box. Click Yes.
6. In Command prompt type
Press Enter. Replace ssid and password with your desired inputs.
Other devices need to have this key to connect to this network.
7. So, Hosted Network mode has been set and SSID and Key has been changed successfully. Now start this hosted network by enter the following command netsh wlan start hostednetwork. That’s it.
You can see your newly created hosted network by entering this command : netsh wlan show hostednetwork
You can see Hosted Network mode is “Allowed” and it is already “Started”. SSID, Authentication and Cipher information are also shown there. Maximum of 100 clients can connect to that network. For Windows 8.1 the default value is 20. You can also change this number.
You can stop you Hosted Network anytime by entering netsh wlan stop hostednetwork command.