First things first, do you have a wifi enabled computer running Windows Vista, Windows 7 or 8? If you’re on a fairly recent laptop the answer is probably yes then you have everything necessary to create a wireless hosted network. Skip to the next part! If you’re reading this from a desktop you may need a wireless adapter. You can find these in places like Wal-Mart and Best Buy, but the prices are so marked up so I highly recommend buying online.
To manually implement a wireless hosted network on your Wi-Fi-equipped Windows Vista,7,8-based computer, you need to first enable internet connection sharing or ICS on its wireless adapter. To do so, open Network and Sharing Center (Start Menu Search, network and) and then click the link, Change adapter settings in the tasks pane on the left. In the Network Connections view that appears, right-click on your Wi-Fi adapter and choose Properties. Then, navigate to the Sharing pane and check the option titled Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s Internet connection. If it’s checked, you might also uncheck the option titled Allow other network users to disable the shared Internet connection.
When you click OK, the window will close and a new network connection, named Wireless Network Connection 2 (or similar), will be created in Network Connections. Right-click this connection and choose Enable.
Now it’s time to turn to the command prompt. You’ll need administrative privileges, so open the Start Menu, type cmd (but don’t tap Enter), right-click the cmd entry in the search results list, and choose Run as Administrator. Then, in the command prompt that appears, type the following command:
netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=GeeksAndTweaks.com key=abcd1234
You’ll want to replace the SSID and key with values that appropriate for the network you wish to create. Note that the key must be at least 8 characters long.
Now, you must start the wireless hosted network with the following command:
netsh wlan start hostednetwork
Some other relevant command lines of interest include…
Stop the wireless hosted network:
netsh wlan stop hostednetwork
View information about the wireless hosted network:
netsh wlan show hostednetwork