I'm trying to play a video game with my friends that requires a local wifi network that allows UDP broadcasts. The dorm wifi doesn't allow UDP broadcasts, so I'm trying to set up my laptop as a hotspot. Windows 10 by default allows you to share an internet connection over wifi, but you must have an internet connection to do so. Sharing the wifi connection results in a lot of problems such as constant disconnects, and I don't have access to an ethernet connection to share. Is there some way I can set up a wifi network without actually sharing an internet connection?
Two resolutions. First being easier, second being overly complex that even I don't want to approach as it requires programming.
Resolution One: You use a hostednetwork if your wireless adapter is capable. (Usually they are capable.)
1.) Open an elevated command prompt. Win+X and choose CMD (Admin) OR type in "cmd" or "command prompt" into Windows Search by typing into Start Menu and then right click "Command Prompt" and select "Run As Administrator"
2.) Check if your system is capable run this command:
netsh wlan show drivers. Scroll down to
Hosted network supported. If it says
Yes you are in luck; if
No there is no easy alternative and don't continue.
3.) Run the following command to allow and set up your hostednetwork but look below first.
netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=%ssid% key=%pass% keyUsage=persistent
Replace %ssid% with your Wifi or "Hotspot" Name or SSID. E.g.
ssid=MyGreatHotspot. Replace %pass% with your Wifi or "Hotspot" Password. It must be 8 characters long at a minimum. E.g.
4.) After that run the command,
netsh wlan start hostednetwork, to start the "Hotspot" broadcast. Right now you can play without internet connection after all devices connect. Remember to check IP addresses of all your individual devices in order to connect to each other. The hotspot's IP Address usually is "192.168.137.1".
If you want to share your internet connection or for further reference, continue on:
5.) Open Run (Win + R) or by searching for Run and enter in
ncpa.cpl, then press Enter. A new adapter has shown in the screen it should say something along the lines of "Microsoft Hosted Network Virtual Adapter". (Optional if you're OCD, rename that one if its says "L.A.N Connection* 15" or rather to like "Hotspot"). Right click the Internet Connect Source you want to share internet from and choose "Properties." Go to the "Sharing" Tab and checkmark or toggle on "Allow other network users to connect through this computer's Internet Connection." Apply, OK to save changes.
6.) You should be all set! :)
If you want to stop the hostednetwork, in an elevated command prompt you run the command:
netsh wlan stop hostednetwork
In case writing your own application is a possibility, have a look at the WiFi Direct API, which offers a legacy mode. Enabling the legacy mode will create a SoftAP with the specified SSID and password. However, specifying no password doesn't seem to be supported.
Have a look at the IoTOnboarding sample to see the legacy mode in action (and to have a better 'documentation' than what Microsoft officially provides): IotOnboarding/IoTOnboardingService/OnboardingAccessPoint.cs
If you are still using windows 10, then just open "Microsoft Store" from Start Menu. Find the app named as "Hotspot Lite" from there and just install it. Now open the app and configure the settings if you want or not. Done!!
Thinking about money? Don't worry. It's free for windows 10 users!!
Already Done? Ok then, now you are able to create a hotspot network without any net connection. Cheers!!
This workaround requires a smartphone with internet access for the first time.
- From Smartphone, enable Mobile data and Wifi Tethering
- Connect Laptop to Smartphone via wifi
- Configure and enable Mobile Hotspot from Windows settings
- Now disable mobile data and tethering from Smartphone
- Done. Now you can connect anything using Laptop Mobile Hotspot, including the smartphone itself (smartphone acts as a client)
I came up with this, because:
- Install Connectify, OSToto, or any third party software, don't work
- Run NETSH doesn't work
- I do not want to downgrade the Intel driver
My system is: Intel Wireless AC-9560, Windows 10 Home 1809.