Setup Wifi Ad Hoc Connection Manually on Windows 8 – Just in case if you didn’t know, by creating a Wifi Adhoc Internet connection you can then make your PC/Laptop’s wifi as a virtual wifi router. It means you can turn your very own computer or laptop into a portable Wi-Fi hotspot and share your Internet connection with other laptop or devices like iPhone, Android phones and tablet.
This way is considered be useful especially if you are connected to the Internet through a wired connection and wish to share it via Wi-Fi.
Moreover, you can also share files between devices via that ad-hoc wifi connection.
Wifi Ad-hoc Connection On Windows 8
Unfortunately, Windows 8 doesn’t include an option to create and setup ad-hoc network connection by default. But there is a nice tricky way to setup adhoc wifi connection manually without having to install any third-party software.
How could it be done? There is a useful hidden utility named as Network Shell or simply netsh. Basically, this utility is developed to let users configure network devices in both client and server editions of Windows.
Any way, if you want to turn your Windows 8 Laptop as a personal wifi hotspot, simply follow these steps:
1- Type cmd on Start Screen
2- Right-click on it then select Run as administrator
3- Type following command on cmd followed by hitting enter:
netsh wlan show drivers
4- Take a look and you should has following line said “yes”
Hosted Network supported : YES
5- Type following command followed by hitting enter:
netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=
6- Then type following command to start enable the connection:
netsh wlan start hostednetwork
7- The CMD should now answer with:
hosted network couldn’t started
8- Now disable and re-enable current wireless network device
9- Then refresh network adapter list from Device Manger
10- That’s it.
And if you want to share your internet connection with other devices via this Adhoc connection, simply follow these:
1- Open Control Panel window
2- Go to Network and Internet >> Network Connections
3- You should now see a connection which is connected to Internet
4- Right-click on it then click Properties
5- Click on Sharing tab
6- You’ll see Internet Connection Sharing option
7- You’ll also see:
“Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s Internet connection”
8- Tick to enable that option
9- In Home Networking Connection, type in the name of newly created ad hoc connection
10- That’s it. Your internet connection should now be shared
But if you’ve found some issue, you may also need to check the assigned IP Address of newly created ad-hoc connection. Simply right-click on it >> Properties >> then check it via TCP/IPv4 Properties. And if you do not see any IP assigned to, simply run this command on CMD again:
run netsh wlan start hostednetwork
And if everything done right, you should now be able to use another wifi handset to connect to your Windows 8 laptop and access Internet via that newly created personal hotspot connection.