After upgrading my laptop to Windows 8.1, it no longer shows any ad-hoc networks to connect to. The networks are definitely detected by the hardware — inSSIDer shows them, for example — but the Windows “connect to” interface shows only infrastructure networks. Ad-hockery worked on this computer under Windows Vista.

  • While written towards 8.0 it still applies to 8.1 eightforums.com/network-sharing/…
    – Ramhound
    Dec 6, 2013 at 16:55
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    @Ramhound I need to join an ad hoc network, not create one.
    – kinokijuf
    Dec 6, 2013 at 21:56
  • Shouldn't an ad-hoc network just appear as a wireless access point? This thread has two possible solutions to the problem.
    – Ramhound
    Dec 6, 2013 at 22:44
  • More information about the ad-hoc is required, and you need to finish your statement
    – Ramhound
    Dec 7, 2013 at 1:52
  • The ad hoc network is created by ICS (Internet Connection Sharing) on a Vista computer.
    – kinokijuf
    Dec 7, 2013 at 14:15

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I'm actually using adhoc connection in windows 8.1 you should type these command prompt lines to create it :

netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=NAME key=PASSWORD

netsh wlan start hostednetwork

(NAME is the name of the ad hoc network, you can change it...PASSWORD is your adhoc password, change it to a more secure one...)

To stop the adhoc network , type this command : netsh wlan stop hostednetwork

(source : How to share Internet to your Smartphone / Tablet ? )

  • The network is created by ICS on a Vista computer
    – kinokijuf
    Mar 2, 2014 at 22:04

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