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How to Set Up a Wireless Hotspot - From Ethernet (Windows 7)

Step 3: Step 3: Starting and Stopping the Wireless hotspot.

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This final step will guide you through starting and stopping the wireless hotspot (access point).

It's time to go back to CMD.

Open a new CMD window ("Windows Key" + "R") and type in the following command:

netsh wlan start hostednetwork

CMD should confirm by saying "The hosted network started."

If you navigate back to the "Network Connections" window, you will notice the Microsoft Virtual WiFi Miniport Adapter should now have your SSID listed with full reception!

Now. To disable (turn off the hotspot), it is best to:

Open a new CMD window ("Windows Key" + "R") and type in the following command:

netsh wlan stop hostednetwork

CMD should confirm by saying "The hosted network stopped."

And thats it! Your wireless hotspot will have started with the SSID (Name) and password you set! Try connecting to it with a different WiFi compatible device.

Thanks for reading and I hoped you learned from this as much as I did.
 
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elango19635 months ago

I did the method for more than 100 times....NO USE...:-((

Guys who made it possible may explain what devices they used...or what is the usb wifi adapter they used to connect the wifi enabled devices...for help..:-))

thanks a lot :)

PapyR5 months ago

Totally Worked for me!

This awesome tutorial fixed the *last unresolved issue* with my Bootcamp installation of Win7.

I finally can use my Macbook as a Hotspot whether I am running OSX or Win7, pshhhhhh took me almost 6 month to find this tip!

My connections continues to say obtaining IP address... and wont connect... any advise?

MariamA6 months ago

Don't have LAN so did it via my wireless connection and it worked perfectly!

sivap6 months ago

i followed ur three steps to connect to wifi hotspot but it is appearing as a device is not functioning

very nice..thanks a lot

very nice..thanks a lot

RajeshJ46 months ago

I made my wifi hotspot but by mistake i clicked on the disable key..!!! I wasn't able to access..! I tried to make a new wifi hotspot but it's not starting up.! What shall i do now..??

mihai.faget8 months ago

Thanks !!!

abhayp10 months ago

hiii ,,, after third step of cmd ...... reply is the hosted network couldnt be started. A device attach the system is not functioning...... so now what should i do???????? please give expert opinion

lagunabad2 years ago
can i ask, how i wan to change the password. because my password key now is "Password" .. lol
s910081 lagunabad10 months ago

Try typing in the whole command again but after the "key=" put in your own password. (i.e. netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=[desired ssid] key[desired password] keyUsage=persistent). It worked for me. Hope this helps!

s91008110 months ago

Thanks so much for this info!

Heyo. I used you tut and it worked out. But that was when I had a static IP. Now I had to change to automatically obtaining the IP and settings and this thing doesn't work anymore. I uploaded a screenshot of how my adapter settings look like.
I start the network, I see it, but I cannot connect to it - it just loads and loads...
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vgoenka2 years ago
I cannot start the hotspot. After entering the above command as suggested by you, my computer says - The hosted network couldn't be started. The group or resource is not in the correct state to perform the requested operation.

NOW WHAT?
jyshaikh2 years ago
Hello,

I have setup as described by you. Now the problem at the point of connection. I have found the HotSpot connection in my mobile and my smart tv. But on selecting the same, it can not go through. It failed on IP address point at both deviced. On status for HotSpot, it says No Internet Access.

Can you help? Does this related to service by provided? I use the Broadband connection and connecting to laptop via LAN cable.

Please help.

Jafar