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How to create wireless ad hoc internet connection in Windows 8?

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Using Windows netsh Utility

  1. Type cmd on the Start screen.
  2. Right-click select Run as administrator.
  3. Please check if your network interface virtualization is supported. 
  4. Run the command netsh wlan show drivers to view Hosted network supported status.
    Note: In case it's not supported, you will need to update your network adapter’s driver.
  5. Enter the following commands to configure your ad hoc wireless connection:
    netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=<network name> key=<passkey>
  6. Once the hosted network has been set to allow, please start the mode and enter the command netsh wlan start hostednetwork


If the hosted network could not start:
  1. Please disable current wireless network device and enable it again.
  2. Refresh network adapter list from Device Manger to install a virtual network device driver


Does the hosted network start?
To share your internet connection with others, please enable the ICS for newly created Wi-Fi connection.

  1. Go to Network and InternetNetwork Connections
  2. Go to PropertiesSharing tab
  3. Select Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s Internet connection
  4. Choose the newly created ad hoc connection.
  5. Check the IP address assigned to newly created ad hoc connection from TCP/IPv4 Properties
    .Note: If the IP address is not assigned, please run netsh wlan start hostednetwork command in CMD.