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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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abhayp1 month 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

lagunabad1 year ago
can i ask, how i wan to change the password. because my password key now is "Password" .. lol

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!

s9100811 month ago

Thanks so much for this info!

milkncookiez10 months ago
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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milkncookiez11 months ago
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ghostmonkeys (author)  milkncookiez11 months ago
Are you able to connect any other Devices to it? Say a computer?
It worked out, I don't know why. Today I tried again (with my phone again) and it worked just like that... :D
It's almost like when I am prgramming:
- My code doesn't work. I don't know why.
- My code works. I don't know why.
ghostmonkeys (author)  milkncookiez11 months ago
Hahaha. Seems like you just needed to restart it ;)
ghostmonkeys (author)  milkncookiez11 months ago
Are you able to connect any other Devices to it? Say a computer?
vgoenka1 year 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?
jyshaikh1 year 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