On Windows 11, 10, 8.1, 8 and 7, there is a hidden feature called "Hosted Wireless Network" (or "Virtual Wifi") which allows you to create a Wifi network using any compatible Wifi network adapter (even if it's an USB Wifi key).
Info : this tutorial was made on Windows 10 v2004, but has also been tested on Windows 11, 8.1, 8 and 7.
To check if the driver of your Wifi network adapter is compatible with this feature, open a command prompt (cmd.exe) as administrator and use the following command :
netsh wlan show drivers
This command will show you informations about the Wifi drivers installed on your computer :
Driver : Realtek RTL8192CU Wireless LAN 802.11n USB 2.0 Network Adapter Provider : Realtek Semiconductor Corp. ... Radio types supported : 802.11n 802.11b 802.11g ... Hosted network supported : Yes ...
In the displayed results, locate this line :
Hosted network supported : Yes
If the value is "Yes", your WiFi network adapter supports this feature allowing you to create a WiFi network hosted on your computer.
Otherwise, you will have to try with a different WiFi network adapter.
To create the wireless (Wifi) network hosted on your computer, use this command.
netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid="InformatiWeb-Wifi" key="pass1234"
If your network card supports this feature, this will be displayed :
The hosted network mode has been set to allow. The SSID of the hosted network has been successfully changed. The user key passphrase of the hosted network has been successfully changed.
Warning : if you have just installed the driver for your wireless (Wifi) network adapter, a restart may be necessary for this command to work in your case.
If your computer doesn't have a wireless (Wifi) network card or its driver is not installed, this will be displayed :
The Wireless AutoConfig Service (wlansvc) is not running.
For the moment, we have only configured the settings of the hosted wireless network (Wifi).
However, in order for it to be visible to other devices (computers, smartphones, game consoles, tablets, ...), you must first start the associated service.
To do this, in the command prompt as administrator, type this :
netsh wlan start hostednetwork
This message will appear :
The hosted network started.
Once the hosted wireless (Wifi) network has been started, you can display informations about it using the command :
netsh wlan show hostednetwork
With this command, you will be able to see :
Hosted network settings ----------------------- Mode : Allowed SSID name : « InformatiWeb-Wifi » Max number of clients : 100 Authentication : WPA2-Personal Cipher : CCMP Hosted network status --------------------- Status : Started BSSID : a0:f3:c1:XX:XX:XX Radio type : 802.11n Channel : 10 Number of clients : 0
WARNING : this wireless (Wifi) hosted network stops when Windows is shut down and doesn't restart automatically.
Its configuration is obviously not lost, but you will have to restart it manually each time you want to make your wireless (Wifi) hosted network available.
You can also create a shortcut and a scheduled task in Windows to start it automatically every time you start Windows.
If you want to manually shut down the hosted wireless (Wifi) network, you need to use this command :
netsh wlan stop hostednetwork
As previously indicated, this wireless (WiFi) hosted network automatically shuts down when Windows shuts down and doesn't automatically start when the computer starts up.
However, you only need to create a scheduled task if you want to start it automatically each time you start your computer.
Open Task Scheduler, select the "Task Scheduler Library" folder (in the left column), then click "Create Basic Task" (in the right column).
Specify "Virtual Wifi auto start" as the name.
Choose the "When the computer starts" trigger.
Thus, the hosted wireless (Wifi) network will start automatically when Windows starts up and it will not be necessary to open a session on your computer for it to start.
Choose the "Start a program" action.
The command to start the wireless (Wifi) hosted network is : netsh wlan start hostednetwork.
To launch this command from a scheduled task, all you have to do is specify :
Check the "Open the properties for this task when I click Finish" and click on : Finish.
The "Virtual Wifi auto start Properties (Local Computer)" window appears.
Configure these security options :
In the "Conditions" tab, uncheck the "Start the task only if the computer is on AC power" box to be sure that this task can be executed, even on your laptop PC (if applicable).
In the "Settings" tab, uncheck the "Stop the task if it runs longer than: 3 days" box so that the task can start each time you start your computer.
The task is created.
Restart your computer and you will see that the Wifi network will be available despite shutting down and restarting Windows.
® InformatiWeb.net 2008-2022 - © Lionel Eppe - All rights reserved.
Total or partial reproduction of this site is prohibited and constitutes an infringement punishable by articles L.335-2 and following of the intellectual property Code.