Previously i posted the same tutorial on Windows 8 and i got huge response for the post. Windows 8.1 is nothing but an upgrade of windows 8. But Still to make it clear for beginners on how to make wi-fi tethering in windows 8.1, i made this post. Also in this video tutorial i have some detailed steps.

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/computers. I have made this tutorial on windows 8.1.

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

Checkout : How To Share Ethernet Connection Via WiFi in Windows 8/8.1



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

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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 dropdown select the “Local Area Connection” and Click “OK”.

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Note : Sometimes in the dropdown 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.

Video Tutorials:

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.

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 dropdown select the “Local Area Connection” and Click “OK”.

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

Also check out How To Fix “The Hosted Network Couldn’t Be Started” in Windows

Please Comments your doubts/questions..

  • Pratik

    i have windows 8.1on pressing ctrl +x nothing is happening

    • Sorry for the typo. Press Windows Key +X and select command prompt as admin. I have changed in my post as well.


  • Akshay

    there is no option of local area network in my windows 8.1

  • Dodo

    why i can’t right click on the view connection properties in my windows 8.1

  • Faustina

    Dude, there is no right click command for windows 8.1.

  • vj

    awesome man we dont even have to install any third party software for this 🙂 windows itself carries lot of features which we dont know 🙂 thanx a lot for letting us know about this amazing thing buddy!!



  • Rajesh

    I tried all the steps, it worked also. But now, I face two issues –

    1. I don’t see “local Area Network” option in the drop down under sharing, I see only only three, Wifi, ethernet and broadband.
    2. I don’t see Énable” option for virtual driver in Device driver listing.

    The internet sharing is not working now, may be because of the above mentioned reasons. Can you pelase suggest what to do?

  • Sannidhiraju Siva Ganesh

    the article is superb but my problem is i am using samsung galaxy sduos 2 in that it is coming obtaining ip adress and not moving furtherly what to do plz help

  • Ignacio Spisso

    Hi, I disabled the connection “local connection 1” now i cant do it again, i cant even find the network so i can enable it again it doesnt show. Thanks in advance.

    • Sadique

      go to device manager…click view…show hidden devices…netwrk adapter….microsoft hosted network virtual adpter…rightclick…enable.

      now try above netsh cmds in commands prompt.

      • saif

        i have started hostednetowrk, but when i “cheklist allow other network user”….and then dropdown the selection…there is nothing “local area connection”….how to fix it?…T_T…(in this condition i try to connect with other laptop, but connection is limited in the laptop-_-) your explain is very helpfull..

  • saif

    hy….i have started my tethering….but while i cheklist allow network user, and dropdown the selection, i can’t find local area network, like pictures in below ,,,please help T_T,(sorry, my english is bad T_T) your explanation is very helpfull ^_^.

  • Danish Rehman

    in my android its get connected but page is not opening.
    please help asap
    you can whatsapp me on 8097201230

  • crazy

    Thanks , everything connected fine but in allow sharing dropdown I have only wifi and ethernet options , how can i get the created network adapter in this list.