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Just been messing around with the new Wireless Hosted Network settings in netsh and I would like to know if it is possible to create a access point that doesn't have to be secured with a password.

Here are my current settings:

In a CMD shell I type this:
netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=MatsWiFi key=0123456789

Then to start the service I type this:
netsh wlan start hostednetwork

I would like to have no network Key ?

If I set up the adapter with the following command the network still shows as secured
netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=YOURFRIENDLYSSID

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I'm afraid, according to the About the Wireless Hosted Network on Microsoft Dev center, this is not possible.

Relevant excerpt:

To provide protection for the wireless communications between the computer hosting SoftAP and the devices connecting to the SoftAP, the wireless Hosted Network requires that all devices connected use the WPA2-PSK/AES cipher suite.

Additional info:

The shared key is a 63-character value generated by Windows when the wireless Hosted Network is invoked for the first time. This primary key is called the "system security key" in netsh wlan commands.

To allow for ease of use, wireless Hosted Network also supports the concept of a secondary or user security key that is more user-friendly, but could be less secure. This secondary key is called the "user security key" in netsh wlan commands.

The secondary key is not generated by Windows. The user must supply the value for this key. A user or application may set or change the key value by calling the WlanHostedNetworkSetSecondaryKey function or by using the netsh wlan commands. The secondary key can be set to be persistent or temporary. For a temporary key, if the wireless Hosted Network is already running, the secondary key will be valid until the wireless Hosted Network stops. For a temporary key, if the wireless Hosted Network is not running, it will be valid only between the next wireless Hosted Network start and stop.

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