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How to Create WiFi Hotspot in Windows 10 to Share Internet without Third Party Apps

When you use an Ethernet, you may need to share the internet with other devices, Hotspot makes it possible and lets you make WiFi hotspot to share the internet with other devices. Here we will learn that how we can do this without the help of any third party apps.

How to create Wifi Hotspot without third party apps

Laptops come with built-in WiFi hardware and you can easy make hotspot and share WiFi but if you are using a PC then you need to purchase and install a separate WiFi dongle for it. However, a third party app is required for it. Installation and downloading of tons of bloatware were some major issues you face when you try to get help from these apps. Some of the third party apps like Connectify have put on a price tag which was free in the past. Even when you try to use free version you need you need to pass several restrictions.

Don’t be disappointed because we are here to solve this problem. You can create WiFi hotspot without using third party apps with the help of Prompt commands. All you need for it is an installed WiFi card or a WiFi dongle.

Setting Up and Starting the WiFi Hotspot

Before setting up and starting the WiFi Hotspot, you need to check whether your wireless adapter supports hotspot or not. To check the physical presence of adapter on your computer you need to run the following command.

Press Windows Key + X
Select Command Prompt (Admin)
Type NETSH WLAN show drivers and press enter

Hosted network support

Yes will appear next to the Hosted network supported. If your laptop or PC support WiFi then you can follow the further instructions. Otherwise, you need a USB wireless adaptor for this purpose.

Creating a wireless hotspot in windows 10 is an easy task which can be done with the help of some commands. The overall configuration takes a few minutes to connect the wireless Hotspot Network.

1. First of all, you have to set SSID and Key which are the name of your network and password of the network i.e WiFi Hotspot. Password must be atleast 8 characters long.

NETSH WLAN set hosted network mode=allow ssid=YOUR_SSID key=YOUR_PASSWORD

Create SSID and Password for WiFi Network

2. To activate / start the newly created hosted network type the following command and press enter.

NETSH WLAN start hosted network

Sharing of Internet Connection with Hosted Network

Other devices can now connect to the hosted network using the password given in step 1. But still they can not use the Internet over this network. To enable the internet sharing use “Internet Connection Sharing” option.

1. Open the power menu button by using the Windows + X keyboard shortcut and select Network Connection.
2. Now right click on Internet connection enabled network from the list and select Properties.
3. Select Sharing tab in the properties window.
3. Check the “Allow the users of another network to connect with your computer’s Internet Connection” option. Choose Home Networking Connection option to open a drop-down menu and select Microsoft Hosted Virtual Adapter.

Share Internet Connection - Windows 10

4. Click on OK to accept all changes. After that, you can see a connection created with an internet connection.

Stop Internet Connection with Other Devices in Windows 10

Windows 10 also allows its users to stop the connectivity of the WiFi with the other devices. Just type the below command to stop the network.

NETSH WLAN stop hosted network

Just by using a single line of command you can enable and disable WiFi Hosted Network.

NETSH WLAN set hostednetwork mode=allow

NETSH WLAN set hostednetwork mode= disallow

Change Hosted Network Settings in Windows 10

Windows 10 is very user-friendly and you can change settings as per your requirements. If you want to make amendments in your current settings of WiFi network like SSID or Password, then you can make them with the help of these commands.

NETSH WLAN set hostednetwork ssid=Your_New_SSID
NETSH WLAN set hostednetwork key=Your_New_Passphrase

To view the settings, add these prompt commands in your computer.

NETSH WLAN show hostednetwork
NETSH WLAN show hostednetwork setting=security

WiFi Hotspot option in Widows 10 is a great option which has solved a big connectivity problem. Though the performance of the network isn’t similar to the performance of the physical network connection but you can’t deny from the usefulness of it in sticky situations and definitely, all credit goes to Windows 10 and its exciting features.

This post was last updated on:2017-05-13 | First Published:2017-05-28

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