How To Make WiFi Tethering in Windows 8

Last Updated On : Thursday, October 9, 2014
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You have all came across Wi-Fi Tethering options in your android/iphone and it will be very easy to share your internet connection to any device(which has Wi-Fi).

Many of us have thought of how to do the same in our Wi-Fi enabled laptops. I have made this tutorial on windows 8.

Kindly find the below steps to share your internet connection(connected in your laptop) to the Wi-Fi enabled devices.

How To Steps:

1. Launch an elevated command prompt under Windows 8 (command prompt with administrator privileges).
To do this Press Windows +x key in windows 8 and click Command Prompt(Admin).

2. Execute the below command to verify that your network interface support virtualization:

netsh wlan show drivers

If the “Hosted network supported” says “Yes“, then you’re ready to share the internet via Wi-Fi. Otherwise, you need to upgrade your hardware, if the software update doesn’t fix it.

3. Now set up the Ad-hoc wireless network (wifi tethering) using this command. Replace the parts in markup tags with your own choices

netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid= key=

ssid is nothing but your desired Wi-Fi name, you can give your own.

Key is nothing but your Wi-Fi password. It should be Minimum 8 characters long.

Eg :
netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=T2Lead key=12345678

4. Until now, your hosted network has been created. Now, you need to start it.
Use the command below to start your Wi-Fi Network:

netsh wlan start hostednetwork

5. Now type exit. Command Prompt will close.

6. Open the connected network and right-click on it and select “Connection Properties“. Now open Sharing Tab (Internet Connection Sharing) and check “Allow other network option” and from the drop down select the “Local Area Connection” and Click “OK”.

Note : Sometimes in the drop down you can see “Local Area Connection11,Local Area Connection12”, etc., Just select the name with “Local Area Connection” and make sure you see only one “Local Area Connection in the dropdown.

7. To Check the connection, open Control Panel-> Internet and Sharing and there you will see 2 connections
One is your internet connection and the other one is Local Area Connection(Which is your Wi-Fi Created)

Check out the Video Tutorial for Clarification.

Many Readers came up question like “Page Not loading on connected devices” , “After reconnecting my internet connection, Tethering not working” , etc.,

Readers Please read the below note I made for you. Hope it will help to fix many questions.

Video Tutorials:

Note :
1. If you disconnected the WiFi or Internet connection and you’re reconnecting, then you need to do a fresh sharing again to make your WiFi Tethering works well on the connected devices.

2. Once reconnected right-click on connected network and select connection properties. Now open “Sharing” Tab (Internet Connection Sharing) and you can see the “Allow other network option” enabled already, but it won’t work. So uncheck it and click “OK“.
By this process you’re completely disabling the internet sharing which won’t work due to the disconnect activity ( Refer point 1) on the internet connection.

3. Again do a fresh sharing on the connected network, Right click on the connected network and select “connection properties”. Now Open Sharing Tab (Internet Connection Sharing) and check “Allow other network” option and from the drop down select the “Local Area Connection” and Click “OK”.

So Keep Mind that when your internet is disconnected and connected again need to do a fresh sharing and to do the same follow the above steps.

Please Comment your doubts/questions. Will try to fix!

  • Vijay

    Really nice tutorial. i ve tried in my laptop and its working fine…..

  • Tech Guy

    Amazing tutorial and i’m searching this for a long time to do in my windows 8 OS.

    Thanks a lot for this post.

  • Vignesh

    Everything fine.. Able to connect to Win8 wifi via mobile/tablet also. But not connecting to internet..The page is loading indefinitely..

    • Can you provide the screenshot of your control panel network connection as shown in the video..else enable sharing in your wifi connection and try…
      Also check have u done the last steps from connection properties where u need to start sharing the connection. You need to the step every time you restart.

      Cross check all the things and come back..

      Thanks
      T2Lead.in

  • omega

    Conected but …..page not loadhing….

    • T2Lead

      Please Ensure You have done all the steps correctly.
      Whenever you disconnect you need to do the last steps i mean sharing you need to enable every time..
      Else please post the steps one by one you have done then we will let you know the exact error…

      by
      T2Lead.in Team

  • Ravi

    hi, I am using Reliance netconnect and I was able to create as it told. I was even able to find and connect in my Samsung Note 3. But I cannot browse anything, The connection is established and shows WIFI connected. But I cannot browse anything, no mails , no youtube nothing !!!

    Pls help what could be problem. I am using Dell Inspirion with win 8 in my laptop.

    I even tried with connectify hotspot. its the same, I am able to find and connect to WIFI but cannot browse anything.

    Pls help !!

    • T2Lead

      Hi Ravi. Thanks for writing to us. Make sure every time you connect go to “view Connection properties” and uncheck the “Allow sharing” checkbox and Click ok, then again you need to check the “Allow Sharing” option from “view Connection Properties” and from the drop down you can select the “Local Area Connection” and CLick ok. Now you can browse anything.

      Note : If you see the “Local Area Connection” in connection properties by default just uncheck and again go and enable, the select “Local Area Connection” from the drop down and Click ok.

      Reply back if you need any further assistance.
      Thanks
      Ashok
      http://t2lead.in

      • Ravi

        Dear Ashok,
        I see no progress 🙁 … Its the same problem….

        • T2Lead

          Which operating system you’re using?

          Thanks
          Ashok
          http://t2lead.in

          • Ravi

            Windows 8 , Dell Inspiron laptop

          • T2Lead

            Share your Teamviewer details to “contact@t2lead.in”
            We will get back to you once we available to try to fix the issue.

            Thanks
            Ashok

          • Raj Rajesh

            hi i m rajesh i m also facing the same problem,which ravi has mentioned u.. n i m using d same dell inspiron laptop.

  • jatin

    its not working dude , when i tried in command prompt its asking a administraot permission , it didnt created up
    can you help me with this

    • T2Lead

      Open Command Prompt with Admin permission and try.

      If you’re using Windows 8, Press Windows Key + X and select “Command Prompt ( Admin)” and then the commands.

      Thanks
      Ashok
      http://t2lead.in

  • Prajyot.Bhurli

    i have opened command prompt as said…nd typed what was given…but it says…There is no wireless interface on this system…..plz help…..

    • T2Lead

      Make Sure WiFi facility is available in your system. If you get the message like “There is no wireless interface on this system”, then there is no WiFi facility in your system.

      Thanks
      Ashok
      http://t2lead.in

  • T2Lead

    Read this post and this will help you to fix your problem.

    How To Fix “The Hosted Network Couldn’t Be Started” in Windows
    http://t2lead.in/how-to-fix-the-hosted-network-couldnt-be-started-in-windows/

  • Ahmed Qdaih

    Hi T2lead … I have followed your instructions .. and I got a wi-fi

    but when i connect from my phone there is no internet access .. (only network access)

    so I went to >> control panel > network and sharing center … next to the network name ( Access Type : No Internet access)

    Plz Help !!

    • T2Lead

      Make sure that you done with sharing on your connected Internet.

      by
      Ashok

  • T2Lead

    At What step you got stuck?

  • vikas

    i had created a hotspot using above instruction on my win 8 laptop. Hotspot created. i connected ma android device also, it did connected but when i tried accessing the internet i am not getting the internet access. My pc is connected with a working 3g dongle, and internet works fine in the PC. I disabled all the firewall setting and tried but still i am not getting the internet access even though sharing is enabled on the connection. can u help me resolving this issue? thank u.

    • T2Lead

      Please check this updated post @ and also make sure you have correctly done with step 6 and 7. Also read the Note at the end of the post. Try again after reviewing the above steps. If you still face the same issue then let me know.

      Thanks
      Ashok Udhayan
      http://t2lead.in

  • darshan

    hi, i am able to connect to my galaxy duos with virtual wifi but unable to access internet on mobile. any settings to check. your help will be really helpful thanks

  • Sharjeel Khan

    are these settings work for usb dongles as they r dail up connection.

    • Hi Sharjeel Khan,

      These settings works well with USB dongles also.

      Thanks
      Ashok

  • rgarun gopi

    hi i have tried this ,, connected successfully but it is dead slow,,, web page in my phone is not opening

    • If your connection is slow, then try with high speed network.

      Sharing the wifi doesn’t slow your network. Else try connecting less devices.

      Thanks
      Ashok

  • Sharjeel Khan

    C:Windowssystem32>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

    tion.

    plz help.

  • Sharjeel Khan

    my mobile is connected to laptop internet but its not working

  • Arjun Prasad

    C:Windowssystem32>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 operation

    what i do….pls help

    • bajjzel

      You have to turn on wifi in your laptop

  • Adnin

    Hello, I managed to tether the internet, however I forgot the password for the wifi. So, how do I find my password?

  • Blackwater

    Hi, I have a problem with step six.
    From the drop down menu the only options I am given are Ethernet and WiFi, is there something else I need to do to allo the local area connection option to appear?

  • Raj Jain

    Thank you so much, i have done with all steps. I just want to know how to change the username and password of hotspot created?

  • Raj Jain

    How to enable and disable hotspot ?

    • T2Lead

      This command is used to enable hotspot.

      netsh wlan start hostednetwork

  • Raj Jain

    Do we need to follow these steps again and again to turn ON hotspot ?

    • T2Lead

      Yes

      • Raj Jain

        When i am trying to get connect again, It showing a message “The hosted network couldn’t be started. The group or source is not in the correct state to perform the requested operation.”

  • Raj Jain

    I just want to know how to change the username and password of hotspot created?

    • T2Lead

      Before executing the below command

      netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=T2Lead key=vvaavvaa

      change the ssid and key value to your own and then execute..

      Thanks
      Ashok

  • Raj Jain

    Wifi is created and on my Xperia Neo V (android) it is showing symbol of wifi also but internet is not working on my phone. Why is it so ?

    • T2Lead

      Check the contrl panel whether your internet sharing is working or not..

      • Guest

        What is the problem ?

      • Raj Jain

        where is the problem ? in the attachment below

        • Guest

          Still not working

  • leyon533

    Hey Everytime I do this I have problems with my own wifi network at home…
    my internet was fine, until the last time I did this… after doing it, the internet on my Wifi seems to be fluctuating, my STEAM app wont let me chat because it has been going online and offline, Youtube seems to stop loading at random points and when I ping Google on the Command prompt sometimes it becomes unreachable sometimes it connects properly sometimes it shows “request timed out”…

    is there a way to set the WLAN settings to default? or remove the WLAN profile made by the command prompt? cuz I think that’s what causing these problems

  • FluteMan

    what error please?

  • FluteMan

    What error

  • mayur

    mymobile wifeshoeing disable due to wpa and wpa2 protected…again and again what to do

  • mudassir

    Ashok Sir

    I Created my Hotspot & I Used it.

    But After Somedays I Forget My Password So What can i do Tell Me Sir Pls.

    • The command you are executing for tethering includes your password.

      “netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=T2Lead key=xxxxxxxx”

      In the above xxxxxxxx is the password of your wifi.

      Thanks
      Ashok

  • harshal

    my private network is successfully created but it is not getting connected with my phone. i am using iphone 5. Can you help me

  • ashish

    hi ashok sir… i m using reliance netconnect+ broadband… followed each n evry single step in this tutorial..
    hotspot gets created… but when i m connecting my android phone it gets connected nicely.. but the problem is
    that internet is not acessing on my phone… it shows (webpage not available or internet not available..) i m using moto g 2nd gen. plz solve my querry… i tried almost 20 tutorials from over the google… but my phone is not acessing the internet data.

  • NAGARAJ

    After settings done,net connected,then i gone for next window it showing error,but wifi symbol is showing connected,help required from your to solve

  • Ileyas

    I had done all the steps.Hotspot is configured and tethering is working but internet is not shared to my mobile but it works nice in my laptop by connecting the dongle….what to do…???

  • donni

    works! thank you 🙂

  • akshay

    showing network in mobile
    obtaining ip address but not connecting

  • akshay

    showing only obtaining ip address what to do now

  • wee

    hi, my command prompt states “you must run this command from a command prompt with administrator privilege.” How do I solve this?

    • Hi Wee,

      Kindly Run Command Prompt with Admin Privilege and run the commands.

      In Windows 8 , Press X and choose (Command Prompt – Admin)

      Thanks
      Ashok

  • wee

    i met with this error, “you must run this command from a command prompt with administrator priviledge.” how do I solve this?

  • kapil

    hi
    i m created hotspot successfully but my internet not shared with the hotspot………please help me…

  • Raja Sekar

    Hi sir,

    I’m facing this issue while selecting the wifi adapter for sharing.

  • Altitude Consultants

    Hii Ashok,
    I have managed do all. I have also been to connect but the connection is Limited. I am not getting internet access. help me ASAP.

    Thanks,
    Shamim

  • J A Y

    Just wanna ask how to Disable my laptop tethering? thanks 😀

  • Rohit

    how to Disable my laptop tethering?

  • Kingston Joseph

    On Connection Properties .. Under the Sharing Command i Can find only Ethernet and Wifi Options… There are No such Local Area Network as shown in the Tutorial… Please Help ASAP..

    • Fathih Faiz

      select ethernet or wifi based on what type of network you are using

  • Abhimanyu Kumar

    aurhentication problem …it says..obtaining ip address …then aftr sm time.. avoided , poor network connection..

  • Windesteve Florival

    Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Akshay Kasar

    After the command:
    netsh wlan start hostednetwork

    I am getting the following error message

    The hosted network couldn’t be started.
    The group or resource is not in the correct state to perform the requested operation.

  • Ravi Shankar

    I have set Wi-Fi but my phone is not obtaining IP address…Help me ASAP

  • karthik

    I got it right… but how to connect the phone

  • René Verheij

    what do you mean by “connected network”? the one you were already connected to (the actual working wifi/lan connection connection OR the new adapter that showed up after following through the commands?

  • Another solution for point 6 above: Connection Properties
    1.) Right-click on the internet icon on your toolbar.
    2.) Select “Open Network & Sharing Centre”
    3.) Select “Change adapter settings”
    4.) You should see your broadband/modem/internet connection here
    5.) Right click on it and select “properties”
    6.) Select “sharing” from top menu/bar
    7.) Tick “Allow other network user….”
    8.) Change “Home network connection” to desired network e.g. (“Local Area Connection11,Local Area Connection12”)
    9.) Click “ok” to confirm

  • My new network just disappeared and when setting up again, it never came back?

  • Ron

    hi..i can see wifi connection,I am tryin to connect,but it is not connecting,wat to do.

  • Prodromos Trikilis

    thnx my friend !

  • Paul

    Everything looks good, except my phone is “Obtaining IP address” for 10min an then says “IP configuration failue”. Tried restarting everything a few times.

    Android phone, Windows 8 laptop