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

Windows operating system has many inbuilt features and creating WiFi hot spot and sharing the Ethernet connection is one of the nice feature which doesn’t require any additional software. Also by creating hot spot or sharing the Ethernet internet connection over WiFi allows you to share the internet connection across all the devices in the range and you don’t need any WiFi router for your home, you can make your windows laptop or PC as a WiFi router.

Some time back, i have posted a detailed post on how to make WiFi tethering in Windows 8/8.1 operating system. But the steps involved in the post will not be applicable for sharing the Ethernet [connected via LAN cable] internet connection. Hence i made this post/video for my readers. Lets see the how to steps.

How To Steps:

1. Connect your Internet Connection to your Laptop or PC through the LAN port[Ethernet]. Make sure the connection is working.

2. 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).

3. 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.

4. 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

5. 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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6. Now type exit. Command Prompt will close.

7. Now open “Network and Sharing Center” and then navigate to “Change Adapter Settings”.

8. Right Click on the “Ethernet” Connection and click on “Properties”

9. In the Pop Up window, browse to “Sharing tab” and Check “Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s Internet Connection”.


10. Now from the drop down, choose “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 drop down.

11. 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), both will have the Internet option.

Video :

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