Turn Your Windows 8 Laptop into a Wireless Access Point

Turn Your Windows 8 laptop into an access point – for free! Another cool feature of Windows 8 … it can become a wifi access point – for free!

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1. Press the Windows + R key combination to bring up a run box, type ncpa.cpl and hit enter.

2. When your network connections open right-click on your Wireless network adapter and select properties from the context menu.

3. Now select the Sharing tab and place a checkmark on allow other network users to connect through this computer internet connection, then uncheck the second before clicking on the OK button.

4. Now right-click in the bottom left of your screen, to launch an administrative command prompt.

5. The first thing we need to do is set up the wireless network, this is done using the netsh command like so:

netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=Your ssid Name key=your-Password

6. Where ssid is the name of your network and key is the password you want users to connect with, its also worth mentioning that the access point is created with WPA2-PSK (AES) encryption.

7. Now we are ready to start broadcasting our network:

netsh wlan start hostednetwork

8. The last command you will need to know is the show command, it will tell you things like the channel you are on as well as the number of clients connected to your network:

netsh wlan show hostednetwork

To Stop the WI-FI Hotspot

1. Right-click in the bottom left of your screen, to launch an administrative command prompt.

2. Use the netsh command:

netsh wlan stop hostednetwork

3. Press the Windows + R key combination to bring up a run box, type ncpa.cpl and hit enter.

4. When your network connections open right-click on your Wireless network adapter and select properties from the context menu.

5. Now select the Sharing tab and uncheck on allow other network users to connect through this computer internet connection and click OK button.

** IF IT DOESNT WORK

Do the following while creating the adhoc network:

  1. Network Name = your natwork Name
  2. Security type = WPA2-Personal
  3. Security Key = your security Key

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Comments

  1. HI,
    I’ve tried to make a hotspot with my windows 8 laptop and it work until now.
    I searched for wifi on my Iphone 4 and it found it so i put in the key that i put in on my pc.
    Now it loads forever, but doesnt really connect.
    Thanks and btw great job on the videos!!!
    Jakob

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