How to turn your Windows 10 PC into Wireless Hotspot

Windows 10 Guide

In this guide, we will show you how to turn Windows 10 PC into wireless hotspot. Windows 10 has a feature called Hosted Network. This feature allows us to turn the PC into a wireless hotspot. Hosted Network is is included with the Netsh (Network Shell) command-line utility. It helps to create a virtual wireless adapter or “Virtual Wi-Fi”. Now let’s see how to configure it.

How to turn your Windows 10 PC into wireless hotspot

  1. Press Windows key + X keyboard
  2. Select Command Prompt (Admin)
  3. Check if Hosted Networks in Windows 10 is supported by your wireless adapter
    1. Type the following command to verify:
      • NETSH WLAN show drivers
    2. If the output shows Hosted network supported: Yes, then proceed further with this guide
    3. If it is not supported, then try using a USB wireless adapter that supports the feature
  4. Now we need to create a wireless Hosted Network in Windows 10
    1. In Command Prompt (Admin) windows, enter the following command:
      • NETSH WLAN set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=Your_SSID key=Your_Passphrase
      • Where the SSID is name you give to your wireless network to search for it when trying to connect a new device
      • Passphrase is the network security key you set that users need to use for connecting to the network (at least 8 characters in length)
    2. Now type the following command to activate it:
      • NETSH WLAN start hostednetwork
  5. Share your internet connection with a Hosted Network in Windows 10
    1. Use the Windows key + X keyboard shortcut
    2. Open the Power User menu
    3. Select Network Connections
    4. Next, right-click the network adapter with an internet connection (a traditional Ethernet or wireless network adapter)
    5. Then select Properties
      • Note: In Network Connections, there should be the new Microsoft Hosted Virtual Adapter which is labeled Local Area Connection* X, and with the SSID name.
    6. Click the Sharing tab
    7. Check Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s Internet connection option
    8. Now from the Home networking connection drop-down menu, select the Microsoft Hosted Virtual Adapter
    9. Click OK to finish.

So that’s what you need to do to turn your Windows 10 PC into Wireless Hotspot. You may need more guides on Hosted Network.
How to enable or disable a wireless Hosted Network in Windows 10
How to view or change a Hosted Network settings in Windows 10

Now you you will be able to connect your wireless devices to the hotspot access point.