How to Create a WiFi Hotspot in Windows 10

Tutorial Dec 21, 2020

Just like in modern smartphones, Windows 10 machines that can connect to Wi-Fi networks are capable of creating their own  Wi-Fi hotspots. The most common use case of doing this would be to share Internet. Some other reasons would be to play local co-op games and to share huge files.

This tutorial will show you how to create your own mobile hotspot. You can choose between the visual and command-line way.

1. THE VISUAL WAY

We start by launching the Windows Settings app. Search for settings in Windows start menu and click on the first result. Then click on Network and Internet.

windows settings app, click on network and internet
Click on Network & Internet

Next, click on Mobile Hotspot and then the Edit Button, to edit the default SSID (Wi-Fi hotspot name) and password.

windows settings app, click network and internet, click mobile hotspot, click edit button
Edit the existing SSID and password

On the window that pops up, update the default network name and password to something else, for security. And click on Save.

windows hotspot edit dialog box
Update network name and password

And then we can turn on the hotspot.

mobile hotspot on
Mobile Hotspot On

That is all, the mobile hotspot is created and running now. We can connect up to 8 devices to it.

2. THE COMMAND LINE WAY

First, we have to launch a Command Prompt window with admin rights. For that, search for cmd in Windows start menu. When you see Command Prompt as a result, right-click it and choose Run as Administrator.

Or, do Win+R to launch the Run Dialogue and type cmd in it. Then do Ctrl+Shift+Enter

I. SET NAME AND PASSWORD

To, create a hotspot with the name Hotspot001 and password aSimplePassw0rd, run the following command,

netsh wlan set hostednetwork ssid=Hotspot001 key=aSimplePassw0rd
The SSID of the hosted network has been successfully changed.
The user key passphrase of the hosted network has been successfully changed.

II. ENABLE THE HOSTED NETWORK

Now, we need to enable the hostednetwork. This is like the master switch of the hotspot.

netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow
The hosted network mode has been set to allow.

III. START THE HOTSPOT

Start the hotspot with the following command,

netsh wlan start hostednetwork
The hosted network started.

And that is all, hotspot is created and running now. We can connect up to 100 devices to it.

EXTRA COMMANDS

For stopping the hotspot we need to run,

netsh wlan stop hostednetwork
The hosted network stopped.

For disabling the hostednetwork,

netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=disallow
The hosted network mode has been set to disallow.

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