How to Create WiFi HotSpot in Windows 8 & Windows 8.1 – Share Laptop Internet Connection

Wi-Fi Hotspot in Windows 8
Written by Wamiq Ali

Enabling or creating Wi-Fi hotspot in window 8 is really a hard option if you are a gui user and find it hard to play with the core windows options. In windows seven there was an option to create the Wi-Fi hotspot but it’s not the case with the Windows 8. In Windows 8 you will need cmd to create a hotspot. Later you will share your laptop internet connection with the hotspot through the windows Network and sharing center. This article aims to give you the most easiest way of sharing your laptop’s internet connection using the wifi hotspot, after reading thea article you’ll learn how to create a wifi hotspot in windows 8 using command prompt. (Note: If you are on Windows 10 then follow this guide instead: Make Wi-Fi Hotspot in Windows 10)

Wi-Fi Hotspot in Windows 8

How to Create Wi-Fi Hotspot in Windows 8 & Windows 8.1 – Step by Step Guide:

Below is the step by step guide to create and share your laptop internet connection with other wifi devices using windows 8 wifi hotspot.

Things which You Will need to share your internet with other Wi-Fi Devices:

  •  A Working Internet Connection (Either Dial Up Connection or Else Lan Internet Connection)
  • A Built In or External Wifi adapter which supports the sharing ability for internet connection
  • A laptop surely and a brain to learn how to create wifi hotspot in windows 8

Finding out: that whether your Wi-Fi card supports sharing:

Let’s find out that whether your wifi card supports sharing or not for this go to search and open up CMD in the administrator mod. For opening CMD in administrator mode you need to right click it the icon of command prompt and then open the cmd in “Administrator Mode“. After you have opened cmd write the following command and look for the thing mentioned in the screen shot that whether it’s written yes or no. It it’s yes then you can go on “It means that you can enable the hotspot and can share your internet connection.Command to Check Sharing Compatibility of wifi network for windows 8:

netsh wlan show drivers

Now find the following , hope so that you will find a yes! Basically you just need to check that that whether a hosted network is supported by your adapter or not, if hosted network is supported then you can create a wifi hotspot to share the internet connection of your laptop, basically your laptop will act like a wifi router.Check sharing ability of the wifi card

Creating The Wi-Fi Hotspot:

Don’t close the cmd as you are going to use cmd again. Following is the command line to create the hotspot, set the password and name it as you want too.

netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=nameOfwifiHotspot key=yourpassword

The above is the command to create the hotspot. Replace “nameOfwifiHotspot” with the desired network name and replace “yourpassword” with the desired password which will be used by the others to connect to the hotspot.Creating the hotspot in windows 8 Press the enter and hotspot will be created. Now you just need to start the hotspot in order to start sharing your internet connection.

Starting the Wi-Fi Created Hotspot in Windows 8:

Now you need to start the wifi hotspot in windows, again you are going to need the cmd and the cmd must run in the administrator mode. Write the following command in the cmd to start the above created hotspot.

netsh wlan start hostednetwork

Enabling Wifi hotspot in windows 8 Press enter and the hotspot will be created and will be discoverable by the other devices as well. Just turn on wifi of other devices and I am sure that now, the other devices will be able to receive wifi signals from your laptop, this means you have successfully started a wifi hotspot in windows 8.

Sharing the working internet connection with the windows 8 Wi-Fi hotspot:

All Right, everything has been done and now you only need to give your laptop’s internet connection’s access to the created hotspot, so that any user connected to the hotspot will have the internet access also. For this reason you will need to open the windows networking and sharing center.

Windows 8 searching the network and sharing center
Open up the network and sharing center, and then go to “Change adapter settings” on the top left pane. Click that to open. Here you will see your created hotspot connection plus the connection which you want to be shared with the hotspot for the internet sharing. The created hotspot connection has the star with the name (It actually shows the virtual adapter which spread wifi signals from your laptop to other devices, you need to give this virtual adpater the internet access). You need to open the properties of the connection which you want to be shared with the hotspot. Networking adapters windows 8 Right click and open the properties of the connection which has the internet access and is the original internet connection of the laptop, whether it’s a dialup, local area network or anything like that. Go to the sharing tab in the properties and then tick the “Allow other network users to connect through this pc internet connection” and in the drop down below, select the hotspot connection which is “Local Area connection *21” in my case and then hit ok. Re-dial the connection or else reconnect the internet connection if needed. Sharing internet connection with hotspot That was it and you are done and this is how to create wifi hotspot in windows 8, even it works with windows 7, the password to connect with the hotspot is the same which you used while setting up hotspot in the cmd. If you can’t still share the internet then reason are that firewall or an antivirus is causing the problem, try disabling the firewall if you trust the person with whom you are sharing the hotspot or else try adding an exception int he firewall or antivirus.

Update: Resolve your wifi hotspot errors like “The hosted network could not be started”:

After receiving a lot of error reporting in the below comments of this post, I have written an article on how can you resolve errors which retain your from creating a successfull internet connection shared wifi hotspot on windows 8 or windows 7, read detailed guide: Resolve wifi hotspot errors or any other error which may happen while creating the hotspot

Update: Learn how to start Wifi Hotspot in Windows 8, everytime you restart your laptop:

A lot of users have asked this question in comments, about starting the hotspot once the laptop is turned off and turned on again, so here is this guide: Relaunch Windows 8 Wifi Hotspot on Each Restart Without Creating a New One! Using the above guide it will not be required by you to create wifi hotspot in windows 8 every time you start your laptop, instead you can use a set of commands which can be saved in a file to start the wifi hotspot in windows 8, those set of commands can be automatically executed once you run the file.

Update: Learn how to create Wi-Fi hotspot in Windows 10

Microsoft has just released windows 10 and if you again don’t know how to create a Wi-Fi hotspot in Windows 10 then read this article below and find a step by step guide: Learn how to Create Wi-Fi hotspot in Windows 10 and share your laptop’s internet connection with Wi-Fi enabled devices

Update: Softwares which can be used to create Wi-Fi Hotspot

You can also use softwares to create wifi hotspot. Find out some amazing free softwares to create Wi-Fi hotspot.

About the author

Wamiq Ali

Programmer, Blogger and an Entrepreneur trying to make this web a better place by making others learn for free.


  • I found “Housted Network supporte”No”
    But i use connectify hotspot lite version its working good. i also have cr*ck version of connectify hotspot but its create an error restart again and again my pc.

      • In my home network connection box i could not change the name to the new hosted network . The name already appears as WI-FI and it cannot be erased.
        So what should i do ?
        Help!!! help!!! help!!!

      • plz some one tell me how to enable hot spot wifi.. by mistake i disable it now i dnt know how to enable it kindly tell me plzz.

      • my connection doesn’t show in network connection
        cmd shows on start hostednetwork – the group or resource is not in the correct state to perform the requested operation

      • plz can you tell me how to enable local area connection*21 …… i disabled it accidently .. plzz help me

      • I have created the hotspot but hav’nt tried out with my windows phone because I am very much eager to leave a comment first . Though I will try ot out weather it’s working or not i let you know but let me say that I am very happy to have found your site . I am really amazed after knowing this method of creating hotspot through CMD.

      • i created d hotspot but while connecting via mobile its showing password error although i entered correct password plz hlp me out wid dis issue

    • dear friends i have read all your comments and decided to find out a permanent solution for all of is very simple.just download a software named”connectifyme” install it and will automatically configure all the settings and will create a hotspot .enjoy
      if u are experiencing any problem just mail me at “[email protected]” or at facebook “[email protected] any time

  • Guys i didnt get the other connection. I was able get hotspot created

    ” Here you will see your created hotspot connection plus the connection which you want to be shared with the hotspot for the internet sharing”

    Please help

    • Go to your network and sharing center and there open up “Change adapter settings” just after you run the command netsh start wlan hostednetwork and there, you will see your hotspot connection with a star * that is what I called “created hotspot connection”and the other connection will be your own internet connection adapter. Hope this makes sense now!

  • Hey, just one question: after restarting laptop it should stay or not? I still cannot understand this, because sometimes after restart its stays sometimes not. Maybe it would be possible to do something more to make hotspot permanent?

    • I wasn’t able to figure it out that how one can make it permanent, I know after restart it vanishes and you need to again create a new hotspot, it was an option in windows 7 to make it permanent. I’ll figure it out and will post solution soon if I find one. Thank You for dropping by!

          • Copy all the code, and then save it as .bat I guess,that was the extension, or if you have already created the hotspot using the command line then you just need the starting command for the hotspot to start, keep that command in the .bat file and every time to start the hotspot just run that file with admin access… If you don’t get it reply over this comment and I shall create another post for it…!


            For those who want to make it permanent create a .bat file. this is how it works.

            1. open notepad
            2. type the following (note: add name of wifi and password)

            @echo off
            netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=nameofwifi key=typeinapassword
            netsh wlan start hostednetwork
            @echo off

            3. When saving the file change default format .txt to .bat. In the next row “save type as” change text document to all file types.

            4. To run the file. Right click and run as administrator.

            Hope this helps.
            Any info i missed can be found on

            Good luck

          • Hello, Thanks for the fix, it does work but you need to right click it on desktop to “Run as administrator” and then it will work. my problem now is on my nexus 7 tablet when I try to connect to the hotspot it won’t authenticate it, Any Ideas?? Thanks.

      • Hi sir

        Thanks for the quick tut, worked great. Just wondering if you have figured out a way to make it permanent yet. I’m trying to set it up for my folks, so I need to avoid cli work at all costs, as they are still fairly new to computers

      • brother help me..
        it was successfully started,
        but suddenly stopped and now its showing “the group or resources is not in the correct state to perform the requested operation ”
        reply me by mail as soon as possible…please..

      • I have created hot spot in my pc n also shows it has connected with other devices,
        but not working.pls help

      • hello dear same problem when i restart my laptop.i lost wifi connection then i configure it me to setup permanent

  • it was good until i close that CMD but after closing it my internet shows limited access. what problem ??

        • Without any details I can’t help you solve the problem, since the same way worked for me and a lot of users out there, You main connection turns to limited one, are you using any static ip’s or anything like that? I mean do you specify ip for your lan connection? and are you at lan?

          • yes sir i am at lan and i got same problem here “the group of resources is not in the correct state to perform the requested operation”.

            kindly help

  • I created the hot spot i see it n the network connections I shared it with my existing connection but the SSID doesnt broadcast I cant see it with my Iphone or any other device
    please advise..thank you

    • Have you used the command “netsh wlan start hostednetwork” because that will be used to start your hotspot. But as you have stated that you have shared your regular internet connection with your created hotspot then means you have started the network. Ok, try to disable your antivirus in some cases antivirus blocks the new connection from broadcasting.

      • when i tried to start network i got error:

        C:\Windows\system32>netsh wlan start hostednetwork
        The hosted network couldn’t be started.
        A device attached to the system is not functioning.

      • In my home network connection box i could not change the name to the new hosted network . PLS…. Help!!! help!!! help!!! 🙁

  • plz help me…when i enabled wifi hotspot…it’s icon was there in the adapter settings….but when i opened thats properties-share-tik that ‘allow other network users to use…’ but my that profile wasn’t in the list. there was only the option for ‘wifi’ and ‘ethernet’. so i then checked applying both, but neither worked. after that i disabled it.
    please tell me how to enable it. thnx

  • Thank you for sharing a great staff. I do all of the process as per your configuration. In my mobile phone i get the WiFi network. but by the network no website or application is opening in mobile phone. what can I do right now?

    • when u opened the wifi of your mobile u found that network when u tried to enter the password was the “connect” tab get highlighted?? in my case it wasnt 🙁

  • It shows ‘connection established’. Everything is completed successfully but still I’m not getting internet access on my Windows Phone. Could You please help?

    • Dear Mr. Siddharth , I am also facing the same problem every thing is correct as per the instructions but still not getting internet access on my Android Smart phone

  • Hi, I did the step-by-step and it didn’t work at first. Then I disabled the MacAfee firewall on my laptop and now the tethering actually works!

    However, I did not figure out how I can enable my firewall but “disable” it for my newly created * connection. I’m running MacAfee Internet Security v11.6

    Anyone know how I can get this to work without exposing my entire laptop to intruders?

  • HI!
    I have done as said..and everythings connected but still there is no internet access in my android phone and itouch. I am using windows 8 laptop with Ethernet connection and turned it to hotspot.

  • I am trying to make my windows 8 laptop connected to ethernet into hotspot and connect it to other wi fi devices. I did exactly how it is said. And it shows now the hotspot wifi is connected but there is no internet access though. Please help.

  • hey, I successfully created the hotspot but when I try to use that spot on other computer it does not work. I mean the computer I connected and showing full signal strength but the internet is not working. :/….help please

      • Hi,
        ” Go to the sharing tab of your internet connection and then in the drop down select the hotspot connection with a star!”

        I am not seeing any drop down menu options. All I see if “wi-fi” which is locked it seems, and I am unable to change it. Please help!

        • Hi,
          I realized the network adapter won’t say wi-fi as the name of my adapter was intel centrino smmin smmin..
          Fiddled around and it works suddenly!
          Thanks anyway, but i would like to know what happened!?

  • first of all thanks for the tutorial..
    secondly i got some issue with before tht it was working very fine.
    when i putting this command “netsh wlan start hostednetwork”.
    its showing this error “The hosted network could not be started” ” The group or resource is not in the correct state to perform the requested operation”

    what could this mean.

  • Dear friends,
    I have tried everything more than one way and still don’t get the internet connection. Sometimes, I get errors unable to set connection or something like that. When I go to share, it refuses to allow other network users to connect. I can’t get it started. this problem makes me raise another questions.
    how many versions of windows 8 used in the market and which ones work and which gives you errors?
    I really need to know, I have some issues for real.
    It worked onces on my iphone 4 for like 20 minutes, and then, kept giving me errors.
    can anyone give me detailed guidelines on how to fix or repair this issue?
    your cooperation is appreciated.
    thank you ahead 🙂

  • I did the whole process and came till the last step and during the last step when we allow other devices to use the internet access, i.e.
    Go to the sharing tab in the properties and then tick the “Allow other network users to connect through this pc internet connection” and in the drop down below, select the hotspot connection which is “Local Area connection *21” in my case and then hit ok.
    This part, I’m not able to change it to the required local area connection thing.. i Just get the spot filled with Wi-fi. What do I do?

    • First be sure that you got the connection with the star under the change adapter settings. Did you get that? Anything like “Local Area Connection *” with a star I mean to say! if you got that then you must have that in the drop down menu of that specific connection which you want to share! i-e your main internet connection.

      • i too have the same problem….i have got “Local Area Connection *14” but it is not listed in the drop down menu of home networking connection

  • first this method is work for me but for trial i disable the hotspot connection then after it cant be start again with error

  • I’m having trouble on the last step. When I open the “Properties” of my Ethernet connection, I cannot change the “Home networking connection” drop down menu. The only option is “Wi-Fi” so I can’t change it to the “Local Area Connection*.” And as a result, I cannot get the hotspot to work. Any suggestions of what I’m doing wrong? Thanks.

    • Well, can’t suggest a solution in this case because every adapter connection created in the windows shows up under the sharing tab of the main internet connection which is “Home networking connection” in your case!

  • When i entered the command
    “netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=nameOfwifiHotspot key=yourpassword”
    it displayed that
    “you must run this command from a command prompt with administrator privilege.”

    now i have to do

  • Hi…

    I already set up the network according your instructions, I managed to connect my devices (I used a iPad Mini, an iPod Touch, an Android, and a BlackBerry 10 to test), but still, these devices can’t browse the internet, I already turn off the firewall too. I don’t install any antivirus software. Do you have any suggestions why it is happening, and what to do?

  • I had disabled the previous network and want to create a new the last one could’nt connect on my i tried all the steps again and on starting it says”The group or resource is not in correct state to perform the requested operation” ..What should be done???? :/

  • everything goes right even my laptop starts hotspoting. Other devices connection is also established but we are not able to browse internet. And in other laptops it states limited connectivity. I read your post in detail and also shared my internet connection over Local area connection*13 but still we are not able to browse internet from other devices. Even if I turned my firewall off but still its not working.

  • Thanks in advance. The tutorial is really good and helpful.

    Everything is okay. My phone is also getting it. But every time I tried to get connected it is showing password incorrect. I have tried so many times. Also I have created it so many times with new password. But again and again it is showing password incorrect. What can I do now? Please please please help me. Anyway I am using Nokia Lumia 520.

  • everything is done but when i am connecting another wifi device is just showing “obtaining IP address”
    pls tell me what to do now

    • Bro check whether the ip address n gateway of your lap n phone are same … if not so , just assign same values for them ….
      For that right click the network in lap , then properties-ip4 protocol -set the address … make the change in phone accordingly as well …. gud luck bye…. hope it wil help you

  • i am not able to write that “local network connection *12” there in sharing tab… in that place it is already written WiFi
    what to do now

  • hello..! I can’t access it. please help me. While writing ‘netsh wlan start hostednetwork’ to start, it shows = The hosted network couldn’t be started.
    The group or resource is not in the correct state to perform the requested operation.

  • Everything up to this point has worked, except after ive hit enter this pops up..

    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

    my wifi is turned on and my internet sharing boxes are checked
    what can i do from here?

  • “Hotspot” is Created …………and also getting it on my phone (Nokia Lumia 520) but can’t connect …..
    it shows connection unsuccessful…..

  • i did exactly liek your tutorial. I think the hotspot is also created. but my samsung Galaxy Y cant get connected to it. it goes into an infinite loop saying—> scanning…connecting…disconnected
    please telll me what shall i do now

  • netsh wlan start hostednetwork , after pressing enter , i got this msg in command prompt , “the hosted network couldn’t be started the group or resource is not in correct state to perform the requested operation”,,plz help me out this !!!!!

  • It works really good, BUT everytime that I turn off and then on again my PC I have to go back to the CMD adm mode and type: “netsh wlan start hostednetwork” again to make it discoverable again.

    Is there a way to turn on my PC and make it starts automatically?


  • I have created the hotspot but I cannot start it through command prompt.
    it says that the group or resource is not in correct state to perform the requested operation.
    what should I do .I have tried third party software but they are also not working and showing same message.
    please reply immediately .Please help.

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

    What do i do???!

  • it worked for sometime and now it says hostednetwork couldn’t be started,a device attached to the system is not functioning,,,,help me

  • hello, i desable that local are connection, n now m not getting how to bring it back, becouse of it “The hosted network couldn’t be started.
    The group or resource is not in the correct state to perform the requested opera

    giving me this error ….so wat to do now, please help…!!!!

  • hi, i’m kind of nerd. it worked and then i tried to change the name and connection was lost. start hostednetwork command wouldn’t work and there’s no icon showed in network and sharing centre, please help. thans

  • Great Post! very descriptive step-by-step guide and i was able to follow these instructions and set up my wifi within a few minutes! Thank you and keep up the good work! 🙂

  • Thanks m8! This was a very well written, detailed, step-by-step walkthrough! Couldn’t have asked for more.. You’ve really made my life much simpler.. Thanks again! 🙂

  • i got internet access in network and sharing center but still i can’t browse internet from a tablet which i connected to the hosted network. Can you help?

    • I’m undergoing the same issue, & it’s annoying!
      I’ve followed all the instructions above & looked through it in details
      … then why can’t I still access internet!?

        • but i am using avast antivirus in which we have to upgrade to get the firewall for that and i didnt do that so not fire wall enabled for my antivirus program…i even disabled my windows firewall too….bt tthe problem didnt solve for me

  • i have a different problem than others. the connection which i want to share is secured by cyberoam( u know what it is ).
    the whole process have gone smoothly. but when i connect my phone to the connection, it freezes on “obtaining ip address”.. and then the connection terminates and reconnects and again that obtaining ip message comes up..

    can u plz suggest an ans to this problem ?

  • sir
    plz help pc home network is”wifi” and ,,,,,,,, ip address will change during sharing internet how i can connect it….

  • Hi, My device has connected to my hotspot, but it cannot access the internet. My firewall appears to have let the connection through as well, what am i doing wrong??

  • i was able to create hotspot and shared that. it is detected by my mobile , it shows authenticating but does not connect. help me solve this problem

  • when i am sharing my internet connection

    i getting message “service cannot accept control message at this time”

  • i have down all steps as suggested here but at the end i did not find sharing option in property. pls suggest me what to do now……..

  • I connect my pc to a WiFi network, then can i use my pc as hotspot? Or i need to have the ethernet / lan connection only?

  • i managed to connect 4 android devices plus blackberry. working great. can i also add more users and i need to monitor usage.

  • plz some one tell me how to enable hot spot wifi.. by mistake i disable it now i dnt know how to enable it kindly tell me plzz.

  • hey,, i sucessfully created th hotspot,, when i use to conect anther device thorough this wifi network,, it showing obtaing ip address for a long time, and then discnct,, what i do for this,, resolve my problem plz

    • Dear Anshu

      Firstly click on the left icon of that screen on ur phone i.e. wi fi symbol and click on forget connection then again let the phone search the wi fi connection.

  • This happen after you disable via Control Panel -> network adapters -> right click button on the virtual connection -> disable

    To fix that go to Devide Manager (win-key + x + m on windows 8), then open the network adapters tree , right click button on Microsoft Hosted Network Virtual Adapter and click on enable.

    Try now with the command netsh wlan start hostednetwork with admin privileges. It should work.

    Note: If you don’t see the network adapter with name ‘Microsoft Hosted Network Virtual Adapter’ try on menu -> view -> show hidden devices in the Device Manager window.

  • Is it possible to ignore the password during the setup process because my phone keeps obtaining IP address over and over without connecting to the laptop enabled hotspot

  • I have created the hotspot but I cannot start it through command prompt.
    it says that the group or resource is not in correct state to perform the requested operation.
    what should I do .I have tried third party software but they are also not working and showing same message.
    please reply immediately .
    Please help.

  • I think I’m having the same problem as a lot of people. My wi-fi hotspot is setup, but it doesn’t allow other devices to connect. My iPod simply stays in a connection loop where it tries to connect, but nothing happens. It eventually gives up and tries again, and I’m assuming it’s not finding an IP address. It’d be really awesome if you replied to this, man.

    • same here…i am not understanding what to do for this problem….successfully did evrything bt the reesult is…theres not net gting shared into my samsung mobile

  • Hi, I have a slight problem:

    After I try to start the hosted network, it says ‘The hosted network coudn’t be started. The group or resources isn’t in the correct state to perform the requested operation’.

    what do I do?

  • i have followed all steps, connection setup was successful, wifi name is showing in other laptop but it is showing limited connection ???
    help help help

  • Hey man,

    everything worked real nice like, but my ps3 won’t connect to it ‘The attempt to obtain an IP address timed out’ Why is this happening to me? I really have to sync my trophy info for GTA V!

    Thank you

  • please help me…..once my phone connected to hotspot but that time i did not complete the whole process(network sharing) and after completing the whole process my phone couldn’t connect to the network. 🙁

  • Im getting an error that says “an error occurred while Internet connection sharing was being enabled. Internet connection sharing cannot be enabled. A LAN connection is already configured with the ip address that is required for automatic ip addressing”. It comes up when I try and enable the sharing with my local area connection 14*. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

  • help.I made this..and it worked! 😀
    but after 4 days it doesnt work!
    it not say any error but it doesnt have internet conection!
    plzz help

  • it keeps telling me i must run this command from a command prompt with administrator privilege… pls how can i do that?? help

      • hii pls i did alll steps correct it also shows hosted network supported but when i write command netsh wlan start hostednetwork it says device attached to system is not responding any solutions
        when i use connectify lappy starts restarting again and again

      • tell me plz.. there z no option named wifi adapter… it z shwn in cmd tht the ssid of th hotspot nw hs been sucssfly changed,,, bt there z nthng lyk the user key passphrase of network hs been changed.. HELP. as it was in ur cmd

  • Thanks for the very descriptive and intuitive instructions. Any move ahead with making it a more permanent solution? Can a script be written to do all the commands at once?

  • it is giving authentication problem…
    help me…n one more..
    name of my hotspot connection is appearing as nameofhotspot=psswd..not only the name

  • dude i wrongly disabled the created hotspot…. how to enable it… now it is not appearing in the adapter list please help me out

  • Hi, i have done hotspot correctly and its working. but when connected to it using my android phone internet isnt working. my network have proxy.. is that can be a problem?

  • After typing netsh wlan start hostednetwork
    my internet shows:The hosted network couldnt be started.
    What should I do now?? Please help

  • Dear Bro, I did all the process successfully, my Hotspot started, showing Access type: Internet, but the problem is that my windows phone does not connect to the hotspot. I have disabled my AVG security + firewall both but still unable to connect to the hotspot. What can be the solution, need help. Thanks in advance

  • i created created the hotspot. And i found wify in my cell and connected successfully and shows good signal but i am unable to open internet in my cell please give solution anybody

  • my mobile device able to search newly created wifi but when I am trying to connect getting error ‘there was no response from the network, please try again later”
    please help

  • I had the hotspot running but there was no internet access to it. i “stopped” the hosted network then tried to re-run it and now its saying “The hosted network couldnt be started. the group or resource is not in the correct state to perform the requested operation.” i am still connected to an Ethernet cable with a working internet connection and i am trying to connect my ipod through my laptop

  • while this step..”netsh wlan start hostednetwork” it gives this message on cmd …”the device attached to the system is not functional”….please help me guys

  • After I do the last step when I type in ‘netsh wlan start hostednetwork’ and I press enter, it says :The hosted network couldn’t be started. The group or resource is not in the correct state to perform the requested operation” Is there anything I can do? Please help! 🙂

  • for me everything works fine for first time.
    after that it stuck at obtaining ip address………………………
    plz help…………………

  • hii…plz help.
    after i create wifi hotspot, i try to connect via mobile phone, but i can’t browsin from mobile phone.

    i was try to off antivirus n firewall but result is the same.

    anyone help me to resolve this problem ?


  • done everything to step, but still won’t connect to my iPad.
    I can see the SSID and enter the key, but won’t connect.
    Please assist.
    While sharing the connection in properties, I only see Wi-Fi and Ethernet
    on the drop down menu (Home Networking Connection under Sharing tab)
    the one I just created (Local Area Connection * 11) is not seen on the list.

  • in properties there is :local area connectio 10″ . i did every thing, when search from my mobile wifi is shown but no conncet option. can u help me? plz

  • I’ve created the hotspot like a week ago and suddenly it stopped working. On the device that’s receiving the wifi just keeps authenticating and won’t connect.
    How can I make it work again?

  • i enabled hotspot. all done but while sharing my ether-net is not allowing me to change the name of my created network. its default as “wi-fi” .
    i shared my network through dongle, worked perfectly but how to do it through ethernet?

  • Sir,
    i wanted to connect my windows phone through wifi and did successfully created hotspot
    but while connecting my cell displays ‘cannot connect as there was no response from the network’

  • “The hostednetwork couldn’t be started.
    the group or resource is not in the correct state to perform the request operation”.
    I dont understand plz help

  • hey thaks for d tutorial but…in ma phone it say s”authenticatiing” for looonggg and never gets connected why is that so ?

  • I Set up may hotspot Fine , other device can search my SSID but when they try to connect ,it always stuck on obtaining IP Address!
    Under Network sharing it shows no INTERNET ACCESS!
    When I diagnose the problem , Windows found it coz of Invalid IP address.
    The Very First Time When I went to Sharing Option and check the option : ALLOW OTHER NETWORK TO CONNECT THRU THIS INTERNET CONNECTION. It ask to me to select wifi or Ethernet.
    I had tried both ,no go
    How Can I Fix This????????

  • when I typed netsh wlan start hosted…
    it came that it cant be connected
    n the 2nd statement was: – the group or resource is not in correct form to perform the requested operation
    now wat 2 do?

  • Hi, i made it but when somebody tries to join it says that incorrect key however same password is being entered which was given in cmd…plz help

  • Hello, everything worked fine on my Fujitsu Windows 8 laptop when setting up the shared connection but one problem… The shared connection only allows one other computer to connect through it otherwise when two are trying to connect, none of them get internet connection? Why is this? It is to do with the wifi adapter in the main laptop that the internet is sharing or something? I look forward to hearing from you.

  • hiii,

    while connecting to hot-spot with my android phone i am getting “Authentication problem” can you please help me with this…..


  • It worked like a charm !! thanks a lot mate it really helped me.. was trying so many stupid methods… thnks a lot and keep up the good work.. cheers..

  • Hi,
    The procedure worked for me. But as it got disconnected on restarting my laptop, I again started the host network, it started fine. But now my mobile is not able to connect to this hosted network, it is only showing this hosted network in the list, but not able to connect. It says “disabled” before the name of the network.
    Please tell me what to do.

  • Nice article man.
    Worked great.
    I wanted to know that how can we hide the created hotspot so that no one can discover it and i could manually
    connect to it.

  • its telling me you must run this command from a command prompt with administration privilege, please help me out

  • i disable the created hosted network,,,after that i am trying to create another one it shows error…please help..

  • When I have to select the “local area connection *12” in the drop down menu of original network “ethernet”, I don’t see a drop down menu. all it says is Wi-fi. I am unable to change that. Please help.

  • Hi,

    I seem to have the same problem some others have mentioned. Everything is set up correctly but when I try to connect from my android phone, there is an infinite loop of obtaining IP address then authenticating then saved, secured with WAP2 and then repeats all over again. Since many users have been able to connect successfully, I am assuming there is a solution to this problem. Anyone who can please suggest a possible solution?


  • whenever i give command netsh wlan start hostednetwork ,it says that the resource is not in correct state to perform the action ….plz help me

  • Hi Guys,
    I have followed the steps provided, and connection was established successfully, however I am not able to access the internet from my phone. please help….

  • Hi i have tried above steps,wifi hotspot has bees created, but its not connection on my cell phone , it stuck on Obtaining IP Address.

    Please help

  • Under properties – sharing – I have no drop down box to choose my created hotspot. I can see my hotspot in the network connections but there is no drop down box under the properties for my original internet connection via Ethernet. It only says Wifi (which cannot be changed)

  • My Lumia-520 is unable to connect to the wifi hotspot……it shows that password is incorrect…..but evey time i had given the correct password… how can i connect this????

  • I was able to access my internet on android from wifi of computer but after 3-4 days of successful connection it is getting stucked at obtaining IP address message….Please help….It was wonderful speed when the connection was successful

  • Using data card first connectoin internet access but wifi hosted network show no internet access how to solve it

  • hello,
    thank you, I started the wifi and it works but I have a problem connecting requires a password and I is not configured password is there a solution

    thank you for your help

  • i have done evrything as per steps at last in cmd prompt i got
    ‘the hosted network couldn’t be started’
    ‘a device attached to the system is not functioning’
    can anybody help plz

  • Please help me any one of you , i created hosted network hot spot successfully even i could find created hot spot Wifi in my anther laptop it connects for a while about 2 to 3 mints but after that in gets disconnected.
    same issue connect and disconnect repeatedly.
    Pllllllzzzzzzzzzzzz Tell me what to do…

  • iam getting this problem. “The hosted network couldn’t be started”.”The group or resource is not in the correct state to perform the requested operation”.hep me early

  • I’ve successfully created the Microsoft Hosted Network Adapter but I can’t see Remote NDIS based on internet sharing. I can see the network but can’t connect successfully on it

  • how to solve following error
    the hosted network couldn’t be started.
    a device attached to the system is not functioning.

  • how to solve following error
    the hosted network couldn’t be started.
    a device attached to the system is not functioning.
    please reply

  • i hve conected my fone through wifi to my laptop is conected…but i am not geting the internet on my fone…..please help

  • i want to try again cause I accidentlly pressed disable while I was trying to press properties but when i do try again it say’s that it can’t is it possible to make it work again?

  • hi , when i restart the pc, the LAN i created was gone? also if i create one i observe that i dont have internet access although my iphone can detect it. thanks. Only the laptop has internet (Ethernet Network 3, Shared)


  • I get the following error while trying to add sharing to the created hotspot in properties of lan connection – “INternet sharing cannot be enabled. A LAN connection is already configured with the IP address that is requires for automatic IP addressing.” Please help

  • i just observe.. if i restart the pc. the wifi internet i created will also be gone, i have to go back to the process again. is this thing not permanent?

  • Hi,
    You tips were very usefull and 100% functional, but as posted earlier is there any solution discovered or created to make this hotspot permanent? For the time being i am hibernating my system since my younger brother cannot follow the steps again to create hotspot.
    It will be really appreciated if you can help me with the permanent solution

    best regards

  • 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 !!

    • I have the same problem. I tried to troubleshoot it but i realized it that this method is only able to recognize the hard networks, or the networks that act as them. However, the dongle act as a modem but it is neither acting as LAN or WIFI hence it cannot be used to share the internet network/

  • i m login wid admin bt when i type (netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=abc key=xxx) command in cmd so it replys with “you must run this command from a command prompt with administrator privilege”
    so what i have to create wifi hotspot………….. plz reply wid suitable thank you

  • After I have successfully created wifi hot spot with ssid & password as well. However, I can not start the hosted network. whenever I write in CMD, it shows,
    “The hosted network couldn’t be started.
    The group or resource is not in the correct state to perform the requested operation.”

    I am using windows 8. Please help me.

  • I did all the procedures right already, and i have internet connection to the new AP i created, but the problem is, I cannot connect my other devices to the new hotspot, seems like, wrong passwords. but i did it many times already, changing passwords but still I cant connect. Please help..

  • Tried this, and it worked like magic! Very good tutorial indeed, but creating hotspots has its own disadvantages, so i guess we just have to live with it..

  • Thanks.. everything is working very well … when I restart I have to configure again … is there any way to make it permanent..

  • hi bro
    i have broblem with the command my problem :you must run this command from a command prompt with administroter private
    how can i solve it

  • my mobile is asking fr a wps button, just once for the first time it worked, after that.. my mobile is nt getting connected.. please help knw.. in finding wps button on my laptop, my laptop is aspire5745.. thank u

  • Please, What is the hotspots coverage range, and what’s its maximum device connection , How many device can connect at a time?

  • Hello – the instructions work very well. Thanks for the tips. However – if we restart the laptop, the configuration has to be implemented all over again. I am sharing a dial up connection (3G modem). Is there a way the connection is automatically recognized once the dial up connection is turned on? Regards

  • first time it worked bt it automatically gt disconctd n its promptin an error msg dat d service cant accept control msg at dis tym while changing the sharing properties of my LAN…pls help me out soon

  • Hello all
    i have working with win8.1. i created a hotspot by using ‘virtual router plus’ also my mobile phone also connected with this hotspot successfully. But, when I goes to the sharing tab in the properties and then tick the “Allow other network users to connect through this pc internet connection”, NO drop down will shown below. Please help me so that i can access internet on my mobile through laptop.
    Thanking You

  • when i written this ” netsh wlan start hostednetwork ” . My command prompt show this ” the hosted network could not be started . the wireless local area network interface is powered down and doesnt support the requested operation ”

    plzz help he

  • i made a WiFi through this way but my android is not connecting just write obtaining IP address… my phone work in other WiFi and their is no problem with phone please help me

  • hello, i tried to do it and i was able to it at the first time but now i am unable to start it. i started it from the beginning again but i changed the ssid the second and third time. and the pc is not starting the hotspot wifi network now. it says ” the hosted network couldn’t be started. The group or resource is not in the correct state to perform the requested operation”. please help

  • i had completed everything. when i am enabling internet sharing….i is giving the following message…..
    “An error occured while Internet Connections Sharing was being enabled.

    Internet Connection Sharing cannot be enabled.A LAN connection is already
    configured with the IP address that is required for automatic IP addressing. “

  • hello i am trying to connect to my wifi hotspot i created on my laptop. it will not let me connect on my tablet at all it will not authenticate

  • I did evrything as per steps, hosted network supported is also mentioned as yes bur at the end, the error message was mentioned as
    ‘the hosted network couldn’t be started’
    ‘a device attached to the system is not functioning’.
    I read ur blog also, but only the error message is there, i couldnt find the solution to it.
    It will be very useful if anyone can plz help.
    Thank You

  • when i put the command “netsh wlan start hostednetwork” it gives me again and again the same response “The wireless area network is powered down and doesn’t support the requested operation”.

    Before that command all things are same as per your instruction but after this command this type of problem occured. How can i fix it ?

  • actually,mine was working good. bt once i right clicked on local area connection*14 and disabled it…now it nt even starting………it is saying.. group or resource is nt in correct state to perform required operation

  • i’ve done all cmd process and network sharing.In mobile wifi is showing name of my internet connection but after connecting sometime show error not response from your wifi network.

  • Hi, i ve created and connected my smartphone to the wifi…but there is no internet access on the phone.please help me.I used a MTS datacard to connect internet with my laptop.

  • I have done everything; mobile has been connected to the created Wifi network

    But my mobile not getting the internet access through this connection

  • When i enter the command netsh wlan start hostednetwork it says hosted network cannot be started
    Group or resource is not in the correct state to perform requested operation

  • in the last stage if connecting the hotspot and the internet connection of my pc ,is creating an error , , ,what should i do?

  • I’m successfully follow all the steps to make my laptop as Hotspot, also my lumia 900 mobile is also able to find the my network. But when I’m trying to connect it, it is showing “Connection un-successfull”. any help is appreciable.

  • I want to use my data card net to be used for mobile, I got connected through hotspot but when I try to use net on mobile msg flashing on screen is “SERVICE UNAVAILABLE”, kindly guide me how do I use internet.

  • thanks for helping me connecting to hotspot
    I accidently disabled the hotspot…. now i am unable to find it,,, where i can find it?

  • i created the hotspot & is also working well, but is their any way that i can change the password ? plz reply

  • i created the wifi hotspot and is working well, but please can u tell me how can i change the passord to protect it against my friends coz some of them knows the password.. please help..

  • Hi Wamiq…

    i havea laptop with windows 8 and my Mobile Note 3…i was using Dialup connection in italy.
    i have done what every you suggested above and i am able to connect from my mobile to wifi defined above.

    but i am not getting internet to my mobile. can you suggest ?

    firewall disabled in windows, in my dialup network properties i clikced to share with the LAN 13*as u suggested by no luck.

    Could you please help me

  • Hey I’ve been trying this on a few laptops running Windows 8 but its not working. I’m using a tata docomo 3g usb dongle to connect to the internet and am able to create a wifi hotspot but when i connect my phone (samsung galaxy s4) or ipad mini to the network they show connected but don’t have internet working. I am using Avira antivirus software but i’ve disabled the firewall and it still doesn’t work. I have no idea what else to do. Please let me know how to fix this.

  • P.S. checked the properties of the network i’m sharing and it says no internet access for IPV4 and IPV6

  • Good afternoon
    i was getting the above error you have mentioned. I followed both the way to solve , but the problem still not solved. Infact another problem created for me. As per the 2nd process i UNINSTALLED the wi fi adapterm , then checke’scanned hardware change’ . Now in my system the WIFI got uninstalled and did not reinstall

    Can you please help me how can i reinstall it ??

  • hi dear I use wifi to connect my laptop can I turn on the hotspot at the same time to connect my iPhone

  • thnx your steps worked like a charm…

    There is query though…

    When searching for this network on my android Asus, it shows up as “hostname=password”, ie the entries I made for these field while setting up the connection…

    That means everyone can see my password!!! or is there something that I missed…

    Plz Help

  • Thank you so much. Even though my computer was in French, it was so easy to fulfil the things you put here and I successfully shared my internet. Thanks again

  • hello dear can you tell me that how can i permanent configure it because when i shutdown my pc afterthat each and evry time i have to shared setting or mange setting for wifi

  • Thanks so much for this article! I have one question:

    Is it true that when you restart your computer, the wifi hotspot you created will be gone and you will be required to remake it?

    • Just create a batch file, and put the command in their “Netsh wlan start hosted network” and every time you restart your computer, just run that batch file with administrator privileges! ok, A lot of people asked me this question I am going to make a post over it!

  • no need. just google “virtual router manager 1.0” its free and takes less than 60 seconds to set up and its easy and noobie proof. windows hotspot stuff is waste of complete time.
    I use wondows 8 with virtual router manager 1.0 app.

    • Hi Koming,

      I have downloaded and installed the same. Thanks for your information. It is very useful and easy to use.

      Aji Kumar

  • I have configured the Wi-Fi hotspot to my lap top and works fine. But the problem is each time when I start the PC I need to do the same procedure. Any permanent solution to keep the hotspot active?

    Please reply.

    Aji Kumar

  • I created everything successfully, up to the part where I want to share. My host connection (ethernet cable) cannot find the hotspot I made in the drop down list. I’m using windows 8 and trying to connect it to my iphone. 5. It found the connection and I put in my defined password,but it’s having trouble to completely connect to the created hotspot. what might be the problem??

  • Sir it worked for me until end. I connected my google nexus 5 to it but it says limited connection. The iinternet in my laptop works fine. Please help me?

  • what if i my network connection is from usb modem/dongle there is no option in home network connection for my device.

  • I created a wifi-hotspot successfully……….but no internet comes to my phone……I m sure that I followed the instrucyions correctly

    p.s. in network and sharing, under ‘your active networks’ my created network is shown but with access type showing no internet access……….how to solve this

  • Using tutorial i can make my laptops as hotpot but unable to internet is not sharing with my iPhone.

    Can you please help me out with it.


  • I followed the steps as mentioned. The hosted network connection is showing “no net work access”.
    Kindly help

  • everything is done perfectly! but after i connected to the wifi created on my phone,i couldn’t access the new or browse anything!please help! i tried disabling the firewal,no effect!

  • I have followed all the instructions mentioned and everything seems to working well and good. But the problem is I can’t connect my sony smartphone whereas I can connect my BlackBerry. It says authentication problem whenever I try to connect it.

  • tnx for d technique,,d device i need to use is showing the wifi network,,but says no internet connection,,,how can i rectify it????

  • everything is fine without a single error, I did what you mentioned. Even mobile can see the Hotspot and connects, but On computer access is showing internet and in phone nothing is happening ??

    Its connected , shared but no internet.

    What could be the reason??

  • thanks for the article,

    i have some problem actually. when i trying to connect with my android, it shows limited connectivity, what should i do??

  • i adopted the above said procedure of cmd command but i don’t now what to do after that. i am using dial up connection evo

  • um… the intended network to share isn’t appearing under the sharing options of the actual network’s adapter, Ethernet is rather the one appearing, the device i am trying to connect to the virtual adapter’s network is responding, “Your phone couldn’t connect to the Wifi network *networkname* because there was no response from the network. Pls try again later” how do i solve this?

  • I have tried the steps to create wifi-hotspot. All the step goes well but at last my android shows that wifi is conected but no internet sharing happing between my laptop internet and andorid device.

  • hey evry one!!!!!!!! i got the solutio for my problem:that my mob is not getting the net…….for this after u create your hotspot for the first time,just diiable that hotspot and createw a new one again but this time please dont disconnect the net of your usb or ur net cable….when you disable your first hotspot creation, the setting will not change for the host,i.e ur usb net or netcable,when you create a new 1 again the net will be enabled for that….to check whether the nert is enabled in ur hotspot, please check he access type of your hptspot in network and sharing options….there it must come as internet….thtz it

  • really!! very much thankful for this trick.. 🙂
    i wanted to use my 3g connection on my cell nd nw i m able to do it.. 🙂

  • when i write netsh wlan start hosted network it says
    the hosted network couldnt be started.
    the wireless local area network interface is powered down and doesnt support the requested operation ….what to do?????????????

  • i hv created the network from laptop windows 8.1, also my mobile phone is connected to the internet, but it won`t browse, means i have no internet access through cell phone while i have access of laptop. any idea to fix it….

  • after everything is done and connected the system networking is showing no internet access to the conncected connected one ????