Take the 2-minute tour ×
Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

For the life of me, I can't figure out how to create an ad hoc wireless network in Windows 8. Here is what happens if I follow the steps from Windows 7:

  1. Right click the network icon and click "Network and Sharing Center":

    enter image description here

  2. Click "Set up a new connection or network":

    enter image description here

  3. Where is the option to create an ad hoc network?

    enter image description here

Therefore I have two related questions:

  • Did I miss something? Is it in there somewhere and I just haven't found it yet?
  • If this feature is not available, is there a tool somewhere I can use that provides this capability?

Further information:

  • I have an Intel Wireless WiFi 4965 AGN adapter.
  • I tried the Intel PRO wireless tool and it didn't offer an ad hoc option.
share|improve this question
    
I'm not sure if this means anything but: answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_8-networking/… –  Nathan Osman Mar 12 '12 at 19:04
    
This is what you're looking for addictivetips.com/windows-tips/… –  Ouadie Feb 26 '13 at 20:48
add comment

2 Answers

up vote 4 down vote accepted

Try Connectify which is a third-party solution, you should be able to come around with the Lite features.

Transform your Windows laptop into a Wi-Fi hotspot at the click of a button so you can share a single Internet connection with your friends, co-workers, and mobile devices.

Otherwise, try to see if you can use netsh to set up an ad-hoc network.

To start simply use this commands

netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=LocalAdHoc key=password
netsh wlan start hostednetwork

And to stop it

netsh wlan stop hostednetwork
share|improve this answer
1  
When I run the commands, I get "The hosted network couldn't be started. The group or resource is not in the correct state to perform the requested operation." However, Connectify works awesome, thank you! –  Nathan Osman Mar 12 '12 at 22:41
    
good solution, but that command assigns a dynamic ip address every time windows restart, do you know how to assign an ip address manually? –  k-dev Oct 30 '12 at 20:01
    
After some further research, I think the commands you've provided create a full-blown access point and not an ad-hoc network. And because a lot of wireless cards do not support AP mode (mine included), the error from my comment above will be displayed. –  Nathan Osman Nov 30 '12 at 6:54
add comment

Firstly, I can confirm that there are only two setting in MY Windows 8 Network and Sharing Center

  • Setup a network connection
  • Troubleshooting.

However, if your mission is to connect to a wireless network then I can help.

Click 'Change Adapter Settings' Right click your Wireless Adapter Click 'Connect / Disconnect'

Now I get a 'Networks' settings list which displays all the nearby wireless connections.

share|improve this answer
add comment

protected by Community Aug 11 '12 at 20:35

Thank you for your interest in this question. Because it has attracted low-quality answers, posting an answer now requires 10 reputation on this site.

Would you like to answer one of these unanswered questions instead?

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.