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How to Create and Configure Wi-Fi Hotspot in Windows 10?
  • Difficulty Level : Hard
  • Last Updated : 25 Nov, 2019

In layman’s term, Hotspot is a Wi-Fi network created from a device other than a router. In our case, it will be created from a Windows device connected to the internet using broadband or a dongle connection. Hotspot can be used to share the internet of our Windows device to out smartphones or other devices by creating a Wi-Fi network.
Hotspots can be created from device even without any internet access, but that would create a local network with no internet. Such a network can be used to create an FTP server or to transfer files locally between 2 devices connected to the same network.

Creating a Hotspot in Windows 10 Using Settings

Step 1: Goto settings app in Windows or use the combination of Window Key + i.

Step 2: Now click on Network & Internet

Marked Network & Settings



After clicking, you should see something similar to the following:

Opened Network and Settings Pane

Step 3: Click on Mobile Hotspot

Marked location of Mobile Hotspot

Now you should see something like:

Mobile Hotspot Page

Step 4: Configure the Wi-Fi Hotspot’s Name (ssid) and Password by clicking Edit.

marked location of edit



After clicking you can see the following:

screen we get after clicking on edit

Now edit/configure your Hotspot according to your choice as shown in below image:

GFG Configured hotspot

Step 5: Now click on Save

Save

Step 6: Now switch the Share my internet connection with other devices option to ON.

Switch it to ON

Thus, we have successfully created a Wi-Fi hotspot from a Windows Device from the Windows Settings App.

Creating HotSpot Using Cmd in Windows 10

Step 1: Open Command promt with administrator privilege. Follow the following steps to do it:

  • Press Window key + R.

    Run Dialoge Box

  • Type cmd in the text field present in the run dialog box:

    cmd term typed in run

  • Press Ctrl + Shift + Enter key to run Command Prompt as Administrator and then Select yes when prompted to let command promt run as administrator.

Another way to open Cmd:

  • Search Command Promt or cmd in start menu search bar. [Hit windows key to open start menu]

    cmd searched in start menu

  • Click Run as Administrator

    Marked Run as admin

  • Select yes when prompted to let command prompt run as administrator.

Step 2: Now open the netsh (a command-line scripting utility that will help us to create or change network settings) by typing the below command:

netsh

Netsh in cmd

Step 3: Now for specifically changing the network settings related to WLAN type:

wlan

wlan cmd

Step 4: Configure the Hotspot’s name (ssid) by using the below command:

set hostednetwork ssid=GeeksForGeeks

[Put the name of your choice after “name=” ;”GeeksForGeeks” is taken as an example.]

ssid set

Step 5: Configure the Hotspot’s password by using the below command:

set hostednetwork key=GeeksAreAlwaysExploring

[Put whatever password you want after “key=” ;”GeeksAreAlwaysExploring” is just an example.]

hotspot password set

Step 6: Now start this configured hotspot by typing:

start hostednetwork

To stop the hotspot just type:

stop hostednetwork

Hostednetwork Stopped

Note:

  • Make sure your Windows device has a working Wi-Fi module as it is a must for creating a Wi-Fi hotspot.
  • Once the hotspot has been set up and configured by using the Command Prompt method, it can be easily run next time just by typing:
    netsh wlan start hostednetwork

    Directly after opening command prompt with administrator privilege and can be stopped directly by:

    netsh wlan stop hostednetwork

    After opening a command prompt with administrator privilege.

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