How to create virtual Wi-Fi (hotspot) router using your Windows 8 PC/tablet


Windows 8 have many awesome features which have been inherited from Windows 7 and one of the feature includes the virtual Wi-Fi router (hotspot). Using the virtual Wi-Fi router feature, you can create a virtual Wi-Fi connection which lets you connect other PC’s/tablet or phone to internet through the virtual Wi-Fi and IP addresses.

Also Read: 2 best and easiest ways to create a virtual Wi-Fi hotspot router in Windows 8.1

Virtual router has many advantages and it lets you create internet Wi-Fi hotspots even when you are not using an internet connection through a Wi-Fi. In short, creating a virtual Wi-Fi router on your Windows 8 PC will give Wi-Fi access to other PC’s, tablets or phones through your Windows 8 PC/tablets Wi-Fi.

Let’s take a look at few advantages of creating a Wi-Fi router (hotspot):

  • You don’t need to have an actual Wi-Fi router to give access to Wi-Fi internet
  • You can use the internet from your ethernet or 3G/4G network to use as Wi-Fi on other devices
  • Let’s you share internet connection with your other PC’s tablets or phone using the Wi-Fi
  • Your virtual Wi-Fi router have different IP’s to track easily

You might be wondering, how is this possible? and what hardware would be needed to setup the virtual router (hotspot). The requirements are not that difficult to fulfill and are supported by almost all devices. You can find the requirements below.

  • An active internet connection whether a Wi-Fi, through LAN or 3G/4G network
  • Supported Wi-Fi card on the host device which have the internet access to setup virtual Wi-Fi router (hotspot)
  • Wi-Fi support on devices on which you want to use virtual Wi-Fi network for internet access

To check whether your Windows 8 PC/tablet meets the requirements to create a virtual Wi-Fi router (hotspot), follow the instructions below.


Checking for compatibility of host Windows 8 PC/tablet:

  • First of all, go to Start Screen and type ‘cmd’. You would be showed the ‘Command Prompt’ in results. Right click on it or swipe down on its tile to bring the app bar. You would see the option to ‘Run as administrator’ in app bar on bottom. Press it.

  • You would be asked; ‘Do you want to allow the following program to make changes to this computer’. Press ‘Yes’.
  • Your ‘Command Prompt’ will open. Here type the following.

netsh wlan show drivers

  • Press ‘Enter’ to execute the command. You would be showed a complete list of your internet properties. Search for ‘Hosted network support’.
  • If it’s ‘Yes’ then, you are good to go otherwise, you will have to upgrade your Wi-Fi card.

Tip: Don’t close the Command Prompt as you will be needing it in the next steps.

Now, when you have fulfilled the above simple requirements, you can proceed to the setup of that virtual Wi-Fi router (hotspot). Just follow the instructions below to create a virtual Wi-Fi router (hotspot) on your Windows 8 PC/tablet.

Creating a virtual Wi-Fi router (hotspot)

  • If, you have the Command Prompt open, simply type in the following

netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=<enter_network_name_here> key=<enter_password_here>

  • Here, <enter_network_name_here> would be replaced with your desired name e.g. Windows8CoreVirtual and <enter_password_here> would be replaced with the password e.g. 987654321.

  • Once you have entered the correct Wi-Fi name and password, press ‘Enter’.
  • Your virtual Wi-Fi router (hotspot) would be created.
  • Now, we need to activate it. Simply type the following in the command prompt

netsh wlan start hostednetwork

  • Your virtual router would be started.
  • That’s all!

Now, you will want to connect other devices to that virtual Wi-Fi router (hotspot). Simply follow the instructions below but, before that, you will have to enable the internet sharing.

Enabling the internet connection sharing for virtual Wi-Fi router.

  • First of all, go to Start Screen and type ‘Network and Sharing’. Select ‘Settings’ from the right filters and press ‘Network and Sharing’.

  • Your ‘Network and Sharing Center’ window will open in desktop. Here select ‘Change adapter settings’ from the left column.

  • Here you will see the complete list of adapters in your PC/tablet. Here select the connection type you are using e.g. a Wi-Fi network or a Ethernet etc by right clicking it and selecting ‘Properties‘ or selecting ‘Change settings for this connection’ from the menu ribbon above.
  • A pop-up window would open. Here navigate to ‘Sharing’ tab and check the ‘Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s internet connection’ and select ‘Local Area Connection* 13’ from the drop down list.

  • Press ‘Ok’ and you are good to go.

Connecting other devices to that network.

Connecting to this new virtual router (hotspot) is simple and similar to connecting to a real Wi-Fi network. Simply go the network settings on your Windows PC/tablet or phone and select this network from the settings. Enter the password and Bingo! You are connected to internet connection without an actual Wi-Fi connection.

Note: This internet virtual Wi-Fi router (hotspot) will keep running until have internet connection on host Windows 8 PC. Similarly, if you shutdown the host Windows 8 PC, the Wi-Fi network will stop working.

You may visit our Tips & Tweaks section for more tips, tricks and tweaks about Windows 8.


Ahmad Wahid

Being a University student of computer, has developed keen interest in technology and like to test out the new gadgets. His interests include Social Networking as well.

  • Very nice; creating a hotspot also works on Windows RT (Microsoft Surface). I did need to reboot and start the network again to get it to work.

  • Jason

    Can’t get this working on my RT, have tried rebooting and starting the network again as @twitter-16355654:disqus suggested but can not find the new network with any of my wifi devices.

  • adec986

    ive tried to do this many times, and cmd tells me the group is not in the correct state…any help would be appreciated.

  • cybot

    for windows 8.1 and possibly 8, the user may also have to install the Microsoft Hosted Network Virtual Adapter device using the device managers “add legacy device” option. On my PC installing the device resulted in a ‘system_thread_exception_not_handled (vwifimp.sys)’ BSOD, but once windows rebooted, device was installed and working normally and I was able to start the hosted network and use my pc as a hotspot.
    the hosted network adapter was present when I was running windows 7 Ultimate x64, but disappeared when I upgraded to windows 8 Pro WMC and even did not return when I upgraded a few days later to windows 8.1 Pro WMC Preview.

  • Bojan Petrović

    Ive done it all this steps and i have activated my wifi to start sharing but i have a problem with connecting to this “hotspot” …

    Problem is with IP address, and my phone cant connect :S

    Thanks for your help! 😀

  • stefano

    how can i cancel the network created?

    • Simply restart your PC and the network won’t be there!

      • mehyo

        if i want a network on my phone i had to do this every time ?!!

    • AOuri

      netsh wlan stop hostednetwork

  • Mohit Kumar

    In the place of “hosted network stared” it is showing as” hosted nework could not be stared,the group or resource is not in the correct state to perform he requested operation”

    • Hey, make sure you WiFi router is turned on and Windows 8 isn’t disabling the WiFi connections from PC Settings.

  • Mohit Kumar

    What should I do then

  • Bardia Jedi

    Ok so i guess i should start reading before clicking!
    So i have
    “some how” manged to disable the hosted-network i created and now i
    can’t start the hotspot! any ideas how to re-enable it?

  • dzudai

    this blog is sooo helpful! thanks!!!

  • jny

    How to disable password?

  • Aaron

    hey i disabled my Local Area Connect* 13 and its not appearing now, how do i get it back

    • raone4u

      simple go in device manezer and look in network adapter there is given microsoft kernel debug network adapter and eneble it

  • some

    Thanks! Thanks! Thanks! Thanks! Thanks! Thanks! Thanks! Thanks! Thanks! Thanks! Thanks!

  • Trung Lương

    I want to set ssid without password (key)?
    Can you help me…

  • Sam Taylor

    when i typed and entered netsh wlan start hostednetwork it said “the hosted network couldn’t be started. the wireless local area network interface is powered down and doesn’t support the requested operation.” HELP please.(and this is on my windows surface tablet)

    • Hi, make sure that you have enabled the Wi-Fi from PC Settings. It seems that your Wi-Fi is turned off.

      • Ali Elswesy

        i have the same problem on my laptop, the Wi-Fi is turned on. what should i do?????

      • My Wi-Fi is turned on. It told me that the settings were saved successfully, and it also said “Hosted Network Supported=yes” in the command prompt. I’ve also looked in the “Network and Sharing Center”, and I notice that I don’t have a “sharing” tab. Help?

      • Shubham Rekhate

        have you got the solution to it?

  • candi

    idk why but i did every step and my hotspot is not getting internet
    Help plz

  • Daniel

    I have been trying to get this to work for about the last two weeks on my Surface Rt. I have been able to set up and host a network but my hosted connection does not show a gateway or dns. When I try to connect to my hosted network with another device I am unable to obtain an IP address. I have tried this using DHCP and statically with no difference. I have searched the internet for a solution to this and have not been able to find anything helpful. One thing I have noticed is that when I go to share my hosted connection with other computers it does not have the drop down menu to pick what connection to share. So now I am back to this form it has been so helpful in getting me this far lets see if we can get it all the way now.

  • jd

    I don’t have the dropdown box for “Home networking connection”. The default is “Wi-fi” how do I change this?

  • yo yo

    thankx for the steps ,,,,,i luv u

  • ire

    how come its not working on my surface rt


    I have created the wifi-hotspot.But the connection appears to be very slow when I connected my tablet to the hotspot connection in spite of having a good internet connection.Can you please tell me why it is so and please provide me a solution. Thanx in advance

    • It seem your internet connection is slow or one of your router (transmitter and/or receiver) doesn’t support high speed transfers. Windows won’t throttle your internet connection.

  • Amadi Salehe

    The hostednetwork couldnt be started. A devuce attached to the system is not functioning

    • Make sure your Wi-Fi router is turned on! Seems like your router is not accessible.