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.

Windows 8 as wireless access point

1. Press Windows Key + R and type ncpa.cpl, Hit Enter.

Run ncpa.cpl

2. Right-click on your active wireless network connection and select Properties option.

Wireless Properties

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.

Allow other network

4. If you get following dialog box. Click Yes.

Confirm IP

5. Launch Administrative Command Prompt from Quick Access Menu (Windows Key + X).

open command prompt using Quick Access Menu

6. In Command prompt type

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

Press Enter. Replace ssid and password with your desired inputs.
Other devices need to have this key to connect to this network.

Create Hosted 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.

Start Hosted Network
You can see your newly created hosted network by entering this command : netsh wlan show hostednetwork

Show Hosted Network

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.


Nick is a Software Engineer. He has interest in gadgets and technical stuffs. If you are facing any problem with your Windows, feel free to ask him.


  1. It worked untill i tried to connect with my phone, it saw the ssid but i guess the password is not correct or something cos WPA2-Personal is not working as password

    • Hi Peter,
      Please double check your password, You can also assign a new password, if you have forgot your old one. Current Smartphones (Android, Windows or iOS) can easily access WPA2-Personal authentication type hotspots.

  2. PLEASE HELP! ive been trying to do this with my new desktop for the past 2 weeks. i did EVERYTHING in the instructions. android sees wifi, I use correct password (password) android tries to obtain ip address……… eventually gives up and goes on a fail connection loop. PPPPPLEASE HELP 😀


    TROUBLESHOOTER SAYS “DHCP NOT ENABLED” ???????????????????????????

  3. Hi Nick,

    I m using lenovo laptop & internet connection BSNL boradband which is connected directly to my Ethernet port. Ip obtained DHCP mode. I have configured my laptop to access the wifi network in my iphone or other phones. According to the instruction I did the same and showing the same status…wifi started and and showing in phones also.”saifwifi” but phone is not connecting showing password error.I tried many times and m 1000000000000% sure password is ok..M using the same password which I had assign during the configuration. Now the question is 1.what is the prob.why my cell phone is not connecting? 2. Is any wifi card is required when I have facility in my laptop? Please suggest and guide step by step process apart from configuring funda….your help would be appreciated………Thanks in advance……………………….

  4. Hi Nick,

    What about the physical media and cable connection..please guide the physical connection of internet also….I mean the cable which is coming from modem that would be connected to my ethernet (LAN port)?????? because there is no wifi port at all.

  5. ive got it to show up but when i connect it times out everytime and im not to sure how to fix that problem

  6. Hello Nick,

    I tried this, but I can’t get it to work.

    I can do all the steps above and I can find the ‘hotspot’ on my phone. However there is no internet on my phone. It keeps looking for an ip-address.

    My computer is hooked up to my router, but I can’t make a network bridge. If it try to do it Ihave no internet on my laptop.

    Got any advice?

  7. hey when i try doing is as per the steps
    when i enter “netsh wlan start hostednetwork”
    it says “the groupor resourse is not in the correct form”
    i tried a lot of times but still it says the same please help me with this

      • Hi rajashekar,
        Sorry for late response.
        make sure you have opened Elevated Command Prompt. Then you need to run this command
        netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=”ssid” key=”password”
        I have just done the same thing on my Windows 8 laptop.. it worked. May b you are missing some thing.

        • Thanks dude
          it was some other problem. Actually I had to go to device manager and disable the wireless router then enable it then after it would be alright

  8. Hi Nick,
    My Laptop is connected via ethernet and I want to share the connection with my tablet and smartphone. I have bridged the connections and created the hosted network. The network connection shows a Local Area Connection *12 which has the ssid name I set. My devices can see this. So far so good. My Local area connection *12 has no internet access. I was wondering if you may be able to suggest a reason why this may be happening?

    Many Thanks

    • Hi Alex, As far what i have understood, your laptop is connected to internet via Ethernet. See Step 2, described above. Don’t click on “bridge connections” option, instead follow the steps what I have described above. Now,
      See the Step 4 dialog box carefully. DHCP must be enabled for your smartphones and Tablets. Don’t use static IPs for those devices.

  9. hey…thnx for th above info.
    can u pls help.
    m using net via wifi connection on my lappy(hostel wifi)… n ive done ol th above mentioned steps. it shows connected on my android phone…yet its not working.
    wat to do now??

    • Hi, Please go through the comment of Nick (just above your comment). Make sure you are not using Static IP for your Android device. Make sure DHCP is enabled in your Android phone.

  10. I have created the hotspot, I connected with this in another laptop but it showing no internet access

  11. when seeing the wifi signals in android after doing which is mentioned above ; it is displaying that it avoided poor internet connection
    but my internet connection is fast enough

    • It’s not the problem with your Internet Connectivity. Double check your Wi-Fi and your access range. Reboot Windows 8 as well as your android device and try it again.

  12. hi nick
    i hav a hp laptop i followed all the instructions given above
    after that my cell is showing the wifi(ssid) but it gets stuck at “obtaining IP address”.
    i went to the the network sharing window but there in my wifi(ssid) it is showing no internet access
    now what should i do
    i m using tata photon Dongal for connecting to internet

    • If there is “No Internet Access” in your Network Sharing Center, that means there may have problem with your Internet Source ( In this case your Photon dongle). Please double check the connectivity issue.

    • But free version of Connectify no more supports internet sharing from dongles. If you have an older version of connectify you can do that.

  13. Hi Nick
    Thank you for all things i made the wifi network but i am afraid i think it won’t work after shut downing the laptop is it yes or not? How can i make own wifi network to use regularly? Thanking you again

  14. Hello Nick and thanks for the great post
    My Question is How could I change the maximum number of clients because it allows 1 client in my case ?
    Thanks 🙂

    • Hi Rabah, try the following command to check maximum number of connections. By default it is 100.

      netsh wlan show hostednetwork

      Please run the command and let me know the number.

    • Hi Pranav, please go through the previous comments of this comment section. Someone was also facing this problem, then he found the solution. Please go through it.

  15. i see i need a wifi connection first, anyone know how to make ur internet connection from a 3G modem to be a wifi hotspot in windows 8???… coz the ones i see here requires me to enter wifi stuff.

  16. hey
    I get the wlan on my phone and my tab. but the problem is when ever i restart my computer i have to type the command prompt part all over again.
    thank you….

    • Hi, sunny, you have to do this every time. It’s better if you can make a script file with these commands, or you may copy the commands in a .txt file. Then paste them in cmd. It will save some time.

  17. hey i tried all the instructions step by step but wifi is not showing in my lappy or in iphone..???
    What else i can do to use dongal to my iphone??

    • Hi, vicky please go through the comment part you may find some solutions, shared by other visitors. There is a software named “Connectify” that allows sharing of internet connectivity.

  18. Hi Nick,

    Alternatively to save all the trouble, we can use ‘mHotspot’ a simple tool for this purpose.

    See the details of the connected device(Name, Ip Address, Mac Address)
    See the network usage(Upload and Download Speed, Transfer Rates)
    Set max. number of devices that can be connected

    and many more.


  19. Hi, I had trouble with my connection as well. I could start the service and my phone saw the connection, but it never connected. My solution for it was to go to settings of Wifi Adapter, go to configuration, go to advanced settings, set wireless mode to 802.11b/g instead of n. Then it worked for my phone fine.

    • Hi Horvardson, It depends on the wireless standard used in a particular smartphone. Depending on the smartphone the mode could be /g or /n, thanks for pointing out this.

  20. Hi,
    I am using ethernet in my laptop.Should i replace “wlan” with some other keyword in d command prompt?
    Coz it says connection “not started”.

    • Hi Tia,

      There could be many reasons..
      1. Make sure you have entered valid password on your Phone.
      2. Check whether your internet connection is working or not.
      1. If you are using Windows 8.1, above thing will not work. In that case use mHotspot (Search for ‘mHotspot’ in Google).


  21. How can i change the Maximum number of clients can connect to that network? what will the the command to set these parameters?

  22. Hello Nick..

    It would be great if you could help me with this query….
    How can i change the Maximum number of clients can connect to that network?
    what will the the command to set these parameters?

  23. hey.. i checked the maximum number of clients allowed for the wifi thing in mine using the command prompt.. you say the default number is 100.. mine is windows 8.1 and the number of clients that came as default is only 1. whereas in my friend’s computer it is 10 (windows 7).. now the question is , how do i increase the number of clients?? please please help…

  24. Hi , I want only particular MAC address to connect to my laptop’s hotspot and block the rest. How can I do that?

  25. i did but it keeps telling me “a device attached to the system is not functioning
    and I am using a modem

  26. I am using this almost 6 moths but now suddenly I am unable to access internet and showing the created Local Area Network *14 Activity Sent:400(this varies) Received:0(always). What to do now. Please help me

  27. Hi Nick
    Thank’s for ur information but can u please tell me wheather all laptops are able to convert as a hotspot device or not

    • Yes Harish, as all the laptops come with Wireless Adapters, so it’s possible to use them as hotspots, unless Admin has set some restrictions using policies.

  28. it keeps telling me “a device attached to the system is not functioning
    and I am using a modem, how to fix this?


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