Windows 8.1 does not have the option built-in to create a wireless hotspot. However, sometimes there is no Wi-Fi available (such as in a hotel or conference room) while you want to go online with your iPad or other tablet. This guide will show you step by step on how to create a Wi-Fi hotspot in Windows 8.1 in just a couple minutes. Basically, your computer’s wired connection will be shared to other devices (tablets, phones, laptops and so on) you connect it to.
First of all and before we start, make sure you have a working internet connection. Since you visit this website, I presume you do. Now, you have two options to create this hotspot.
Create a Wi-Fi hotspot on Windows by command line
- Open the command prompt in Windows (you can go to Start en simply type ‘cmd’ and it should be the first result) with Administrator privileges. Now copy and paste this command:
netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=WiFiName key=WiFiPassword
- Of course, you might want to change the value of ssid to something else, as well as the password that will be used by the other devices to connect to your computer. Execute the command by pressing enter; you have now created a virtual network adapter.
- Now we should start this virtual adapter we just created. Enter this command in command prompt:
netsh wlan start hostednetwork
- Open the control panel, go to ‘Network and Sharing Center’ and click on ‘Local Area Network’.
- Go to ‘Properties’ of the new opened window. Then, open the ‘Sharing tab’ and check the option ‘Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s Internet connection’.
- By using the drop down menu, select the virtual network adapter that you have created earlier. Then you click on ‘Ok’ and you may then close the window.
You should now check with another device to see if your newly created wireless network exists and if you can connect to it. If you followed these steps closely, your Wi-Fi hotspot should have been created and you can now use your computer’s internet with your iPad, Android or other Wi-Fi enabled device.
Virtual Router Installer
A second option we have is by using a tool called ‘Virtual Router Installer’. This is a file you install on your Windows computer and which provides an easy to use interface. It will allow you to set an SSID for your wireless hotspot as well as a password.
You can download the installer here. This is a Windows only download.