Turn Your Windows 10 Computer Into a Wi-Fi Hotspot

If you have a Windows computer with a wired internet connection, you may want to share that with other devices. You can do this with a little command line trickery to turn your desktop into a Wi-Fi hotspot.

  • Press Win+X to open the power user settings menu and choose “Command Prompt (Admin)”.


  • Enter the following command, replacing the values for SSID and key with the network name and password you want:       

netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=AdHoc key=password


  • Run the following command to start the network: 

netsh wlan start hostednetwork

WiFi Hotspot

  • Search in the Start menu for “View network connections.”
  • Right-click your main ethernet connection and choose “Properties.”
  • Under the “Sharing” tab, click the box labeled “Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s internet connection.”
  • In the drop down below the above box, choose the network connection that currently has internet access. Click OK.
  • At this point, you’ll have a brand new Wi-Fi network that’s connected to your home internet.

Keep in mind that this will only work as long as the Windows machine that’s running the network is active. This also isn’t a total replacement for a proper router, but it can get you by in a pinch.


Chinmay Shelke