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How To Share A Wired Internet Connection in Windows 8

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How To Turn Your Windows 8 PC Into A Wi-Fi Hotspot

Unfortunately, Windows 8 stripped away the graphical interface for setting up an ad-hoc network. So, it is not quite as easy to set up as it is in Windows 7 or 10. The underlying feature is still present though. You just have to resort to a little command line trickery.

ImageFile: Wired-windows-8

First, you will need to make sure your existing wireless network is shared with other network users. Press Windows+R on your keyboard to open the Run dialog box, type ‘ncpa.cpl’, and then hit Enter.ImageFile: Wired-windows-8-run

In the network connections window, right-click your Wireless network and select ‘Properties’ from the context menu.ImageFile: Network-connections-window

Switch over to the ‘Sharing’ tab and enable the ‘Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s Internet connection’ checkbox. Go ahead and clear the ‘Allow other network users to control or disable the shared Internet connection’ checkbox while you are at it and then click the ‘OK’ button.ImageFile: Wifi-properties

Next, you will need to launch the Command Prompt with administrative privileges. Right-click in the bottom left of your screen (or hit Windows+X) and then select ‘Command Prompt (Admin)’ on the Power Users menu that appears.ImageFile: Launch-command-prompt

With the command prompt open, your next step is to set up the wireless network using the netsh, by typing in the following command line and pressing ‘enter’ button:

netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=”<SSID>” key=”<PASSWORD>”

Where <SSID> is the name of your network and <PASSWORD> is the password you want users to connect with. The access point is created with WPA2-PSK (AES) encryption.ImageFile: Wireless-network-set-up

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Next, you will start broadcasting your network with the following command:

netsh wlan start hostednetwork

ImageFile: Network-broadcasting

At any time, you can use this last command to show information about the connection. It lists things like the channel your connection uses, ssid name, authentication type, radio type, and the number of clients connected to your network.

netsh wlan show hostednetwork

ImageFile: Last-command

When you are done, you should be able to connect any Wi-Fi device to your new ad-hoc network.

Here is how to share a wireless Internet connection in Windows 8 or 7

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