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How to create ad hoc network in windows 8

Adhoc networks can be created easily if you want to connect to many systems. This article will help you in creating an Adhoc Network on Windows 8.

There are certain important features which are missing in Windows 8. The missing features include Start Orb. It is also not possible to shut down or restart the PC easily. If you compare Windows 8 with Windows 7 or other previous versions, you will find many features missing. One such feature is the ability to create an ad-hoc wireless network easily.

These networks let other devices connect to the Internet as your PC is turned into virtual WI-Fi routers during the process. This is done through one shared connection to the net. Each of these has an exclusive IP address. Ad-hoc network connections were extremely easy to set up until Windows 7. The option to do the same could be done by using the given option of creating one just in the utility of Network Management. On the other hand, Windows 8 presents the same option in a little bit more difficult manner.

How to create ad hoc network in windows 8

The procedure which is discussed here consists of the native utility of Windows Network Shell. The command WLAN is deployed within the same utility enabling one hosted network, which will serve as the ad-hoc network connection. The actual process is, in fact, not so difficult as it may sound like.

The main obstacle is that most of us are not acquainted with the process simply because the process is relatively new just like the Operating System, Windows 8. Nevertheless, the network interface should have the capability to support hosted networks. You must update the network adaptor and opt for the most recent driver for the same before attempting the following process.

  • Step 1: You should launch the command prompt (elevated) for Windows 8. The command prompt has to be started with the privileges of an administrator. Make sure you have the same.

  • Step 2: Next, you have to run this command: “c:Users*****netsh wlan show drivers

If the network interface does support virtualization, it will show like this-

Hosted network supported : Yes

You can only go to the 3rd step if it shows yes for hosted network support. If it shows no, you cannot continue. Assuming it is a “yes”, you have to move forward or you will require an upgrade for your hardware if an update in the software does not fix the issue.

  • Step 3: You have to use the following command to set up an ad-hoc network connection.

netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=<your network_name> key=<your_password>”

  • Step 4: The hosted network is created by this time. However, you are required to start the same by using the following command.

“netsh wlan start hostednetwork”

  • Step 5: The last step is to allow ICS (Internet Connection Sharing) which goes with the internet connection that is presently active. You can go to Network & Sharing Center and enable the same.

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