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You’ve got an Internet connection via a network cable, but you want to have your other computers and devices get Internet connections wirelessly. Can you do this? Can you make your Windows computer run like a WiFi router?

The short answer is a qualified, ‘Yes.’ The key component in this process is making sure that your Windows computer has a wireless network card. If you have that installed properly, then you can turn your Windows computer into a WiFi hotspot and share your Internet connection.

How Does This All Work?

Most WiFi cards for PCs can be used to share wired Internet connections, wirelessly. Mind you, it does take some software, or special configuring, to use that capability. Essentially, the software or configuration is what will act as the ‘virtual router’ to enable your computer to share that Internet connection. We’re going to look at a few different ways that you can do this on a Windows computer, as well as the positives and negatives of each method.


Ad-Hoc Wireless Connection via Windows Menus

Ad-hoc is a Latin phrase meaning ‘for this’. It is meant to describe something that is set up for this particular purpose only. Often it is something of a temporary nature with minimal setup, planning, or support. There are two ways to set up an ad-hoc wireless network in Windows: one is through the graphical menus, and the other is through the command line interface. Let’s take a look at the graphical menus first.

Click on your Start Menu, then Control Panel, then Network and Sharing Center. You’ll see the following window:
Now click on  Set up a new connection or network. When the new window opens, scroll down until you see Set up a wireless ad hoc (computer-to-computer) network. Highlight that option by clicking once on it, then click the Next button.

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You’ll now see a window that explains what an ad-hoc wireless network is and it tells you a few things about it. The most important thing to note is that any devices using the ad-hoc wireless network must be within 30 feet of each other, in any direction. Consider that as a maximum upper limit, as so many other things can affect the range of a wireless signal. Expect maybe half of that. You can optimize the range by following a few tips on what we’ve come to call wireless feng shui Wireless Feng Shui: How to Optimize Your House For Best Wi-Fi Reception Wireless Feng Shui: How to Optimize Your House For Best Wi-Fi Reception Setting up a Wi-Fi network should be an easy prospect, shouldn't it? I mean, a house is a closed-in box, and you'd think when you place a device that transmits wireless signals in all directions... Read More .

The second most important thing to note is that if you create an ad-hoc wireless connection, any wireless connection you have to a device right now will be dropped. So, if you think you can connect wirelessly to one network and share that network wirelessly with others – you can’t. It’s one or the other. Click the Next  button to move on to the next window.

This window is where you set the name of your network and what kind of security it has on it. It is recommended to use the WPA2-Personal choice for Security type. This gives you the best security you can get with an ad-hoc connection like this. Use a password that you don’t mind giving to other people. Don’t recycle a password Everything You Need To Know About Passwords Everything You Need To Know About Passwords Passwords are important and most people don't know enough about them. How do you choose a strong password, use a unique password everywhere, and remember them all? How do you secure your accounts? How do... Read More you use for other things like Facebook or banking. You’ll soon regret that, if you do. If you intend to set up an ad-hoc wireless network again in the future, you can check the box that reads Save this network and click the Next button.

Congratulations! You’ve just created an ad-hoc wireless network! Share it with your friends and family as you see fit.

The problems with this kind of connection aren’t many, but it isn’t the most universal solution. People with Windows 7 or earlier trying to connect with non-Windows devices have had some difficulties and have had to investigate deeply to find out how to configure their non-Windows devices in order to connect.

Sometimes, the issue is that the device isn’t compatible with the type of security or encryption that your ad-hoc wireless network is set up to use. Sometimes, it’s a matter of the firewall on the host computer blocking the devices from connecting. Sometimes, you can solve the problem by assigning static IP addresses to your connecting devices. Sometimes, it doesn’t seem like there’s a good reason at all why it won’t work.

From the research I’ve done, it appears that Windows 8 and newer have less issues like this. We have previously explained what you can try if you are having issues with Windows 8 and WiFi WiFi To The Max: Get the Most Out of Wireless Networking on Windows 8 WiFi To The Max: Get the Most Out of Wireless Networking on Windows 8 Windows 8 made connecting to a WiFi network simpler. Consequently, some things don't work the way they used to in Windows 7. If you have run into issues, there likely is an easy fix. Read More .

The Verdict on This Method

The positive is that this is an easy connection to set up and quick to disable. This method is best suited for allowing short and temporary connection of devices you know that will work.

Ad-Hoc Wireless Connection via Command Line or Batch File

You can also create and disable an ad-hoc wireless network using the command line. When you can do something through the command line in Windows, you can also write a batch file How To Write A Simple Batch (.bat) File How To Write A Simple Batch (.bat) File Read More to do the same thing. This is especially useful for tasks that you would repeatedly perform.

To do this via the command line, you need to open the Command Prompt. The quickest way to do that is to click on the Start Menu then type cmd in the Search programs and files field. When it finds the Command Prompt program, right click on it and select Run as Administrator, unless you are the administrator.

First, you must initialize the hosted network mode. This is the command: netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=YourSSID key=YourPassword keyusage=persistent where you change YourSSID to whatever you want to name the network, and YourPassword to whatever password you want on the network.

Second, you must turn the network on: netsh wlan start hostednetwork


Third, when you want to close out the network, use the command: netsh wlan stop hostednetwork

Pretty simple. If you want to create a batch file for this, open up Notepad and copy and paste the following into it. Again, change YourSSID to whatever you want to name the network, and YourPassword to whatever password you want on the network.

<@echo off
ECHO Press 1, 2, or 3 to select your task, or 4 to Exit.
ECHO 1 - Set Wifi Sharing Attributes
ECHO 2 - Start WiFi Sharing
ECHO 3 - Stop WiFi Sharing
ECHO 4 - Exit
SET /P M=Type 1, 2, 3, or 4, then press ENTER:
netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=YourSSID key=YourPassword keyusage=persistent
netsh wlan start hostednetwork
netsh wlan stop hostednetwork

Save the file to your desktop as something like AdHocNetwork.bat. Make sure it doesn’t have the .txt extension. Now, when you want to create an ad-hoc network, all you have to do is run the batch file (as Administrator) and follow the menu prompts. It’ll look like this:


The Verdict on This Method

The same pros and cons apply to this as to the other ad-hoc network you created through the Windows method. It’s  great for setting up a short and temporary connection of devices, but automated and quicker to set up.

The Software Approach

There are plenty of software applications that make setting up your Windows PC as a virtual WiFi router as easy as can be. Most of them take care of the various issues that you might encounter with the more traditional ad-hoc networks. Virtual WiFi Router (free, our review Virtual Wi-Fi Router: Easily Create A Wi-Fi Hotspot On Your Computer Virtual Wi-Fi Router: Easily Create A Wi-Fi Hotspot On Your Computer Read More ), VirtualRouter (free, our review How To Share Your Windows Internet Connection With Any WiFi Device using Virtual Router How To Share Your Windows Internet Connection With Any WiFi Device using Virtual Router Read More ), WiFi Hotspot Creator (free), Thinix ($13 USD) and Connectify Hot Spot PRO are just a few of the applications available that can do this. Connectify HotSpot Pro has consistently been the best virtual router software that I have used, so I’ll share a bit more about it with you here.

Connectify Hot Spot PRO – $40 USD

In my experience, Connectify is the best application to use for this, as it is super simple to set up, runs flawlessly, and I’ve never had an issue with any device being able to connect to it, as long as it was in range. I’ve connected Android phones and tablets, iPads and iPhones, BlackBerry Playbooks and phones, and of course, Windows PCs. The most I’ve had connected at one time has been five devices and it performed wonderfully, with no noticeable lag on my PC or the other devices.

Sure, Connectify costs a few bucks, but the aggravation it saves easily pays for that. The software also aids in sharing of files between devices connected to it and access to the Local Area Network. I’d go as far as to say that Microsoft should consider acquiring Connectify and making this software part of Windows.

The image on the left shows just how easy it is to configure, and the image on the right shows you how it keeps track of who is connected, and has previously connected.


Some of you might be thinking, “Why would I buy Connectify to do this, when I could just buy a wireless router?” That’s a valid question. If your PC is typically going to be stationary, then getting a WiFi router makes a lot of sense. However, if you have the need to be able to set up a WiFi router in different places, if you travel for work, then software is a lot easier to lug around.

The Verdict on This Method

Connectify is ideal for people who might be sales people, corporate trainers, lecturers, and more.

Summing It Up

Now you know that you CAN turn your Windows PC or laptop into a virtual WiFi router, and you have a few different ways to do so. Pick the one that is right for your needs, try it out, test it, and learn more about what you can do with it.

What other things will a virtual WiFi router allow you to do? Play around, and let us know. There definitely is other uses than just connecting to the Internet, but we’ll leave that to you to explore and learn for now.

Ever set up a virtual WiFi network? How did you do it? What were the ups and downs to your method? Is there one way that you would recommend over another? Let us know in the comments, that’s how we all learn, and we’re all in this together.

Image Sources: Sky Background via Flickr, Laptop, Android Tablet, Smart Phone, WiFi Wave via Pixabay.

  1. randy
    September 30, 2016 at 3:45 am

    thankyou for the info & share. very hopefully for me.

  2. Mary
    September 25, 2016 at 12:45 am

    Hello and many thanks for this article.
    I've struggle with this for a long time and also with Virtual Router. Virtual router worked once but couldn't keep it working .
    With the information in this article I got the hotspot created and the connection made but couldn't get internet in my tablet.
    After many tries the only thing that worked is that I created the hotspot after PAUSING MY ANTIVIRUS and this time it works well, the connection is created and I get internet in my tablet.
    The problem is that it lasts ONLY one session. If I disconnect anything I lose it and have to start all over creating a hotspot anew.
    Is there some way to get this thing permanent?
    I have wired Internet that works well.

  3. Suraj
    August 30, 2016 at 4:15 am

    my hosted network is created but when connecting it with my phone then it is not working
    Giving the same password but it only shows "obtaining ip address.... and "authenticating....."

    but not connecting :(

  4. Mike
    July 7, 2016 at 2:41 am

    Once you run the script setting the SSID and key to what you want the SSID should popup in your available wifi. When you click on the set SSID it'll ask for the pasword/key you set earlier. The thing that hung me up was remembering to share the internet connection from the provider. I.E. if you create a hosted SSID of B1 and the providers SSID your laptop is connected to is A1 you need to "right click" on the wifi icon in your system tray > choose "open network and sharing center" > then the providers SSID (A1) should be displayed. To the right, you should see something that says "connections" followed by the type of connection, I.E. Wireless connection and whatever the name of the SSID is. "Click" on this highlighted text > then click the "properties" button > then you'll see two tabs (one labeled "networking" and the other will say "sharing") > click on the tab labeled "Sharing" > select the first box that states in some manner "allow others to connect to the internet through this device..." > you should then see a drop-down list with the connection type of your hosted wifi I.E. mine was "Lan Connection*4" > select okay and then you should be good.

    If you do not see your SSID connection type in the dropdown list then give it a few minutes before rechecking. Anytime you need to share your internet connection with other devices you follow a similar process using the networking and sharing center. If you want you can also google how to share your internet with other devices and should find it rather easily. Hope this helps!

    • stavn
      July 10, 2016 at 7:45 am

      This was my solution! Thanks a bunch. Many guides explains a lot about netsh commands, including this original guide. But many fails this crucial step that you commented.

  5. Suman
    June 30, 2016 at 6:58 am

    C:\Windows\system32>netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=newnetwork key=network1234 keyusage=persistent
    The hosted network mode has been set to allow.
    The SSID of the hosted network has been successfully changed.
    The user key passphrase of the hosted network has been successfully changed.

    C:\Windows\system32>netsh wlan start hostednetwork
    The hosted network started.

    I see in network list of Host computer that "newnetwork" is with "internet access". But when I connect other computer to this wifi network, it shows connected with Excellent signal strength but "no internet access".
    Can anybody help me how to have Internet access with the wifi?

  6. tejas shukal
    April 27, 2016 at 7:28 am

    i can try this wifi is connected but cant access the internet .

  7. ahmed
    April 23, 2016 at 11:55 am

    I use "Connectify Hot Spot" and
    I got a wifi connection on my devices "iphone and ipad" but i can't brows the internet and I don't know why .. :(

    could anyone help me please ... :)

    and thank you>

    • Guy McDowell
      April 25, 2016 at 2:28 pm

      Hi Ahmed,

      I recommend checking the Connectify Knowledge Base. It's their self-serve support site.

      If you can't find the answer there, then contact Connectify's support team.

  8. Sayan
    April 22, 2016 at 7:04 am

    my hosted network could not be started.

  9. hitendra
    April 21, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    Hi there, i found that many users are facing a simple problem with hostednetwork procedure. They are getting connected bt not able to browse or do anything on their wireless devices i.e. mobile, tablet. So i came with a simple solution, for those who are allowing sharing their connection to wireless hostednetwork , please also ckeck all protocols in settings tab of sharing.. I am not able to post screen shot right now bt hope you get it, u are sharing internet connection bt not telling your system to share all those protocols listed in settings i.e. http, https, ftp etc.

    Enjoy wifi hotspot without software craps. ;)

    • Guy McDowell
      April 22, 2016 at 2:53 pm

      Excellent info, Hitendra.
      I'm very glad you shared that. It will help a lot of people.

    • Daniel
      July 6, 2016 at 12:09 am

      Still not working =/ -- Connected, no internet.

  10. Sastry
    April 12, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    C:\Windows\system32>netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=Apple key=12345
    678 keyusage=persistent
    The hosted network mode has been set to allow.
    The SSID of the hosted network has been successfully changed.
    The user key passphrase of the hosted network has been successfully changed.

    C:\Windows\system32>netsh wlan start hostednetwork
    The hosted network couldn't be started.
    The group or resource is not in the correct state to perform the requested opera

    i m getting the above error please help me

    • Guy McDowell
      April 13, 2016 at 12:32 am

      It's possible that your network card doesn't support this method.

      Windows will tell you that Windows is set up to work that way. Doesn't always mean your WiFi network card is able to play along.

    • Mohd Firoz
      April 20, 2016 at 12:15 am

      @ sastry use password (key) with 8 or more charactor

      • Guy McDowell
        April 20, 2016 at 11:53 am

        Good catch, Mohd. I missed that in the error message.
        Thank you!

  11. Michalina
    March 30, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    Hey! I do not have the option "set up wireless ad hoc (computer to computer) network". Could it be that I don't have a wireless network card, if so, how can I check it? Thanks!

    • Guy McDowell
      April 20, 2016 at 11:53 am

      Hi Michalina,

      Yes, you do need a wireless network card for this to work.

    • Daniel
      July 6, 2016 at 12:10 am

      Only windows 7 shows that. Newer windows still accept the procedure using the commands in cmd.

  12. keith
    March 19, 2016 at 11:12 am

    Sir I Have A Modem in which we Insert sim card to Surf Internet in Pc ! So, Sir How to make modem work for mobile Via
    Thank You

  13. vinod
    March 18, 2016 at 11:39 am

    C:\Windows\system32>netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=Jockey key=1234531622 keyusage=persistent
    The hosted network mode has been set to allow.
    The SSID of the hosted network has been successfully changed.
    The user key passphrase of the hosted network has been successfully changed.

    C:\Windows\system32>netsh wlan start hostednetwork
    The hosted network started.

    After creation the connection with command prompt it is showing it in wirless list but there is no signal strength due to that I am not able to connect it from other devices even I have tried by giving ssid and password for manual connection from mobile but still it is not able to locate or connect it. Could you please hlelp me in this.

  14. Peter
    February 26, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    That is after all obviously, but how to share internet connection from o. e. external USB wireless device to wireless card inside laptop like wi-fi hotspot?

    • Guy McDowell
      February 29, 2016 at 3:54 pm

      I don't understand. I think you're saying you've got an device like an external HDD with WiFi and you want to use that as a WiFi hotspot?

      Let me know and I'll see what I can figure out.

  15. Dave
    February 18, 2016 at 10:55 am

    Thanks , the first method is the best :)

    • Guy McDowell
      February 18, 2016 at 10:30 pm

      Excellent. Glad it worked.

  16. san
    February 3, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    Hi Guy,

    I followed all the steps that you mentioned but i got an error in cmd that says "hosted network couldn;t be started"

    can u plz help me out..

    • Guy McDowell
      February 5, 2016 at 2:12 pm

      Try turning on the "Allow the computer to turn off the device to save power" power management option for the wireless network adapter.

      1. Go into your Control Panel.
      2. Open System and Security.
      3. Open Device Manager under System.
      4. Find and expand the entry "Network adapters".
      5. Right-click on the wireless network adapter and select Properties.
      6. Open the Power Management tab.
      7. Check (enable) the following option: “Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power".

  17. evorm
    January 13, 2016 at 11:02 am

    When i type netsh wlan start hostednetwork it says "The hosted network couldn't be started.The wireless local area network interface is powered down and doesn't support the requested operation" Can anyone help?

    • Daniel
      July 6, 2016 at 12:12 am

      Perhaps your wifi is turned off?

  18. JustASK
    January 2, 2016 at 8:49 am

    Always RTO, why?

    • Guy McDowell
      January 8, 2016 at 1:16 pm

      I don't understand what you mean by RTO.

  19. pankaj
    November 15, 2015 at 1:59 pm

    hello i have succesfully created virtual adhoc wireless network. now how it will work??
    kindly guide me

  20. Elvis Kiehl
    November 10, 2015 at 9:57 am

    Hi Guy, I successfully created Wifi hotspot on my laptop, connected it to my phone and it showed wifi connect with strong signal but still can't open a page. what could be the cause

    • Guy McDowell
      November 14, 2015 at 5:18 pm

      Hard to say. There's a lot of possible variables. Phone OS, web browser, laptop WiFi card make...just to name a few.

      Sorry I can't be of any help.

  21. Janne Nicolausson
    October 15, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    I'm trying to make a hotspot in my stationary pc. I just bought a wifi usb-card.
    My internet is through my ethernet-card.
    I made an ad hoc-network, and made my ethernet-card share internet.
    Now internet work, as it should be, with my ethernet-card, and when checking wifi-list, I see my neighbours networks.
    If I had theire passwords, I could login.
    So to access internet, both cards seems fine.
    My problem is that when checking my wifi-card, it says it's not connected.
    I'll guess to my ethernet-card then.
    So I don't get any signal out to use the wifi with like my mobilephone.
    I won't get a hotspot to use.

    I run Win 7.

    Ya maybe can solve this issue ? :)

    Best regards, Janne from Sweden

    • Janne Nicolausson
      October 16, 2015 at 6:53 am

      I did notice my neighbour from my wifi-card, but even with pw passwords I had not been able to login.
      Somehow my internet still used my ethernet-card.
      I did deactivate my ethernet-card, started my mobile phones hotspot, and used my wifi to login on it.
      All was ok. But I tried out the speed of my connection. And it said 90+/90+ mbps.. And that the speed I get when using my ethernet-card.
      I really doubt my mobile phones internet have that speed. lol
      So.. This is really wierd.....

  22. Dakarai Manyati
    October 14, 2015 at 10:37 am

    hello,i used to be able to set up a wifi hotspot in such a way that i could connect to a wireless network and broadcast that wireless network via wifi with only one network card in windows 7 and 8.1,but i am no longer able to do it in windows 10 it no longer allows me to select how i share the wifi,is there a way i could work around this or am i screwed forever?

    • Guy McDowell
      October 14, 2015 at 3:59 pm

      Hi Dakarai, thanks for reading!

      First, figure out the make and model of your WiFi card.
      Then, contact them to see if they have an updated driver for Windows 10.
      The updated driver might restore that functionality.

      It sounds like there isn't support for the Microsoft Virtual WiFi Miniport Adapter.
      That's needed to use the same WiFi card for sharing your WiFi connection.

  23. Saakshi Bangera
    July 28, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    my pc is not able to show the "Set up a wireless ad hoc (computer-to-computer) network". What do i do?

  24. saikrishna
    May 18, 2015 at 7:31 pm

    me do that total above process but last say window not connect that so now what to do

  25. Mirzo
    May 15, 2015 at 3:53 am

    hi guys

    I have created my laptop Wifi hotspot, my mobile phone is also connected, however there is the problem. when i try to use my mobile phone browser, internet is not working, but on other apps such as whatsapp, viber ect. internet is woking
    Could you help me with this problem please?

    • Guy
      May 15, 2015 at 7:01 pm

      Hi Mirzo,

      I wish I could, but that's beyond the scope of what I can do here.

      Have you tried asking this question in our Answers Section?

      The authors that frequent Answers are top notch tech folks. I'm sure they can point you in the right direction.

  26. Sam
    April 28, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    first of all - thanks for this article...

    i m on Windows 8.1 Pro on my HP laptop... WiFi is turned on... i don't seem to find 'Set up a wireless ad hoc (computer-to-computer) network' under 'Set up a new connection or network'

    What m i missing?

  27. vigneshwaran
    April 20, 2015 at 12:42 pm

    wifi hotspot is created in my laptop ,, and through mobile is also accessed,,, but no internet access,,, kindly give me the solution

    • Guy
      April 20, 2015 at 6:17 pm

      There are too many unknowns to be able to give you the answer. Sorry.

  28. allenpuu
    April 6, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    i using laptop connected wifi (window 8.1 pro), and i wan share line to dekstop via ethernet cable, how to settings?

    • Guy
      April 8, 2015 at 12:29 am

      All of the information on how to do this is in the article. So, I'm not sure what you're asking for, exactly.

  29. Akash singh
    April 4, 2015 at 3:20 am

    could not work

  30. prabhat
    April 2, 2015 at 8:50 am

    i have PC (window 7) with data card (tata photon without wi fi connection)... i want to share my net for my phone( htc 526 g)
    is it work...
    i want to make hotspot to my PC..

  31. Angelin
    March 17, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    Hi Guy
    Thank you for your reply. I might have found the problem. It seems like my 3g software is blocking the Internet sharing, but when I start my Internet connection without using the software it does connect my tablet on to the internet, but then I loose my internet connection completely.
    Am not sure if there is something a person can do or must I just drop this whole sharing thing.

    Thanx for your time guyz. Cheeeerrs

    • Nessim Saidi
      July 18, 2015 at 1:33 am

      Hi Angelin,
      I faced the same problem and came to this solution: hide the client's traffic using a proxy so that the 3G dongle does not know about the client and therefore cannot block it.

      1) Follow this page's guide to create a wifi hotspot. Get the IP address of the newly created connection (for me it was Network Connections -> "Local Area Connection* 17" -> Status -> Details).
      2) Install a Proxy server on your sharing PC. I used CCProxy Personal for that.
      3) Configure the client to use the proxy with the hotspot's IP as host name + port (CCProxy default port is 808.

      For me this works like a charm.
      (Source: )

  32. jackson musyoki
    March 17, 2015 at 10:41 am

    Microsoft Windows [Version 10.0.9926]
    (c) 2015 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

    ''>netsh wlan start hostednetwork
    The hosted network couldn't be started.
    The group or resource is not in the correct state to perform the requested opera

    the message above is what i get fro my laptop kindly assist

    • Guy
      March 17, 2015 at 1:13 pm

      It sounds like Internet Connection Sharing might be turned off.

  33. Hyedima waha Dantaro
    March 16, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    please what programming language is used to write this program.

    • Guy
      March 17, 2015 at 1:12 pm

      It's just batch commands for Windows DOS. Not really a programming language.

  34. Angelin
    March 15, 2015 at 2:48 pm

    Hi There
    I've got the Galaxy Note 10 2014 edition and for some reason I can not connect to my shared internet connection on my Win8 laptop via mHotspot. I am connected to mHotspot but no Internet. I have uninstall my avast antivirus also disable my windows firewall but nothing.

    Please help me am not sure what I am doing wrong
    NB. I am using 3g modem

    • Guy
      March 17, 2015 at 1:04 pm

      It might be possible that the 3G modem is not compatible with mHotspot for Internet access sharing.

  35. Mitthun
    March 10, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    My laptop is showing "waiting for users" but in my mobile there is no wifi connection appear. what to do?

  36. Guy
    January 18, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    You may need to assign a static IP to your phone, for this WiFi connection. Check to see what IP range your hotspot is operating in and choose an IP within that range.

  37. Chakku
    January 18, 2015 at 5:50 am

    Hi.!! great article.. but I'm having small problem, My mobile ( lumia 520 ) is connected with wifi hotspot but no internet!! I tried many solutions like resetting winsock and disabling/enabling drivers...And now my mobile doesnt connect to my wifi hotspot .. When i do troubleshoot , it says "Invalid ip address".. Any solution ????
    Thanks in advance :)

  38. Will turner
    January 6, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    I have internet over proxy through wi-fi, and tried to share internet with my wifi.
    control panel (in network place) shows internet and shared both have internet access. but after connection is established with shared wifi to my mobile, i am unable to open web page on my mobile. so please help me from where i make setting to share internet with wifi hotspot

  39. hamed
    December 10, 2014 at 12:23 am

    for connecting to my cable internet i should run cisco vpn in my laptop (as a dormitory rule). i share the internet with my cellphone through connectify but the internet in my cellphone don't do anything. how can i make my internet wifi?

  40. sahil
    May 21, 2014 at 6:01 am

    nice article keep writing buddy.........thankyou

  41. Guy M
    March 22, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    Weird. Works for me. Those dots are all just for show anyway, so yeah, blast them outta there.
    Thank you for the comment though. Someone else might have the same problem and you just helped them! You should do something nice for yourself.

  42. jul
    March 22, 2014 at 8:41 am

    the text you give for making the batch file is wrong...
    All the points after "echo" will not work.
    But thanks a lot for this code !!
    It's what I was looking for.
    I just have to erase all the points on the two lines after echo.................
    and then it works

  43. guest1
    March 20, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    mhotspot is building SEO.. Backlinking :)

  44. AJ
    March 12, 2014 at 8:20 am

    Hey there,
    Based on my past 4 years experience the easiest way to share your internet connection using a your built in wifi is with the small application call "mHotspot'.

    mHotspot is a completely free software which converts your windows 7 & 8 laptop into a virtual wifi router and creates a secure wifi hotspot. You can share single internet connection(LAN, Ethernet, Data-Card, 3G/4G, Wif) for multiple devices like laptops, smartphones, android phones, PDAs, Ipads etc. Play Multiplayer gaming using mHotspot. No router or external hardware is required apart from your existing one.

    You can download this application from

    Good luck and cheers...

    • Guy M
      March 12, 2014 at 11:51 am

      Lots of love for mHotspot in the comments! I may be the only person that wasn't able to get it working well. Wouldn't be the first time. Glad to hear it rocks for everyone else.

    • Rol
      April 21, 2015 at 4:47 pm

      Works perfectly, after trying every other way, thank you.

      mHotspot is the best

    • Guy
      April 22, 2015 at 7:39 pm

      Hi Rol,

      Very glad to hear it worked well for you.

      I had troubles with it, but it seems to work great for most people. Good to hear.

  45. Http://
    March 10, 2014 at 6:15 am

    Thanks for that tutorial. with this method Can i share my internet with my android device.

    • Guy M
      March 10, 2014 at 11:26 am

      If you're looking to share with your Android, I highly recommend getting Connectify. It makes life so much simpler.

  46. Sree
    February 27, 2014 at 10:42 am

    mHotSpot is one more bud utility to share internet connection.

    • Guy M
      March 3, 2014 at 1:24 pm

      Cool, Sree. Thank you for that. The more options we have the more likely we are to find the one that best suits our needs.

  47. Clay M
    February 25, 2014 at 7:26 am

    you can create a virtual wifi connection with a software ,
    There are many such software I use winhotspot as the GUI is user friendly.

    it also has some tools which will show connected devices mac address.

    if you like to try it download from or from cnet also u can download it

  48. Vince A
    February 20, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    Guy M, The device won't even find the network. Doesn't work for me.

  49. Jubel
    February 15, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    the only problem with the built-in ad-hoc ability in windows 7 or earlier is that,when you turn off your computer then again power it up and starts your hotspot by manually clicking in the System Tray gives you a exclamatory sign/yellow sign that indicates that No Internet Access through your Hotspot ..well you can fix it by turning off Sharing Internet Connection mode and then Re-enabling it..i would prefer using Connectify,its easy,durable,fast,autmatic :)..thankyou

    • Guy M
      February 17, 2014 at 2:17 pm

      Absolutely correct.

  50. Adam
    February 15, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    Any ways of doing this with Ubuntu 13:10?

  51. kevin
    February 15, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    Also check this similar blog , touches more of how to connect your Blackberry playbook via connectify-me

    • Guy M
      February 17, 2014 at 2:17 pm

      Thanks for that. I do have issues with the BB Playbook sometimes.

  52. Clay
    February 14, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    I've used Conectify for a year or so now. Works very well with all devices (Android, ipad, pc) i've used to connect through it.

  53. AKRefugee
    February 14, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    I travel in quasi third world areas of the world. Many times my team and I will show up and find a single wired connection and no wireless router. We take turns hooking up to send our data out which has caused to be on site for several days longer than we should have been. I was taught this method just before my last trip and my team and I tried it out. Worked great for us. Yeh, we could have brought a wireless router but believe me, if you take your eyes off of it it will be stolen. With our bags and laptops we already have enough to watch out for.

    We don't use it as a preferred way to hook to the internet but when we do need to use it I am glad we know how to do this.

    • Guy
      April 12, 2015 at 8:25 pm

      It's perfect for those kinds of situations.

  54. DuckGo
    February 14, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    I've used a couple of the free software solutions but found them not very robust. The ad-hoc method is ok, but in the end I simply bought a dedicated wireless router and never looked back. I'd reconsider using one of the above methods in a pinch, but there's no substitute for hardware - imo.

    • Guy
      April 12, 2015 at 8:25 pm

      I agree.

  55. Lew
    February 14, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    You can also use the Soft AP (access point) feature of some USB WiFi dongles. The ones that use the RealTek 8187 chipset work great for this (even with Windows 7 Starter). A couple of mouse clicks and you are done.

    Vince A: Android will not connect to an Ad-Hoc network. Will not even "see" it.

    • Guy M
      February 17, 2014 at 2:19 pm

      If I recall correctly, the Soft AP feature is now on some on-board WiFi cards. I could be wrong though.

      I can connect my Android KitKat and Jellybean devices to the ad-hoc network. What issues are you seeing? Error messages?

    • sralse
      April 12, 2015 at 5:06 pm

      I'm getting no real errors, it just can't verify, takes ages to verify with an android phone.

  56. Vince A
    February 14, 2014 at 10:43 am

    Can an android device (Tablet or Phone) connect to the internet through this ad-hoc wireless network described here?

    • James B
      February 20, 2014 at 5:33 pm

      No. By default android isn't compatible with adhoc networks.

  57. Anthony
    February 14, 2014 at 8:20 am

    There's software called Virtual Router that does this also. Just Google it, you'll find it.

    • PRU
      January 11, 2015 at 3:36 pm

      hey VIRTUAL ROUTER its not comng in my pc

  58. Richard L
    February 14, 2014 at 6:31 am

    Not necessarily true. Quite a few (recent) notebooks do not support this feature. The key error message is that the applications cannot start the server process. The root cause is that the network card used does not support this function. Until customers are aware of this issue & consciously avoid lame notebooks with this crippling limitations, the manufacturers will continue to foist these crap on the users.

  59. Jo-anne P
    February 14, 2014 at 5:39 am

    That is all I run is windows 7 but I still enjoyed the article thanks for the post.

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      August 12, 2014 at 5:55 am


  60. Victor O
    February 14, 2014 at 2:24 am

    What about buying a wireless portable router? I think MUO did a review on one of those recently. Why not get one of those?

    • Guy M
      February 17, 2014 at 2:23 pm

      You could do that. However it's one more piece of hardware to carry, and possibly get stolen or lost. These methods are just options to that. If you have the portable WiFi router AND a software WiFi router, then if one or the other fails, you've got backup.

  61. Ashok K
    February 13, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    Does any of these methods work with windows 7 starter netbook?

    • Guy M
      February 13, 2014 at 8:27 pm

      No, Windows 7 Starter does not come with the necessary Virtual Wifi features. Sorry.

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