Windows 10: Can't Create A Hotspot That Works

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  1.    11 Feb 2016 #1

    Can't Create A Hotspot That Works

    I have been trying to create a hotspot from my HP laptop, which runs Windows 10, for a while (my laptop is connected to the internet by an ethernet cord). However, I keep running into roadblocks. I followed the instructions found here:
    Turn Your Windows 10 Computer Into a Wi-Fi Hotspot

    I've also followed the instruction on the apps found from the Windows App Store that give you instructions on how to use your laptop to broadcast wifi.

    I have been able to successfully create and "start" a network that could broadcast wifi, but the new network, under the category of "Access Type", always says "No Network Connection". There is no connectivity problem with the ethernet itself. My laptop surfs the web just fine. But for some reason, the new networks that I create in order to broadcast wifi will always display "No Network Connection". I've tried troubleshooting it for a while but to no avail.

    Does anyone know what might be going on? I appreciate any advice.
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  2.    11 Feb 2016 #2

    I suggest you don't create an ad-hoc network, try this (copied from my post in another forum, so a bit basic)

    Here is how to share your Wi-Fi signal using a single card, under Windows 7 or 8:

    First of all, learn how to open Command Prompt with Administrator privileges. Go to Start menu, right click on Command Prompt and select ‘Run as administrator’. If you don't have Command Prompt in your Start menu, then type cmd then right click as above.

    In the Command Prompt window, enter the following command:

    netsh wlan show drivers

    If you see line: Hosted network supported : Yes

    it means your Wi-Fi card will work, and you can share your Wi-Fi signal easily, see below...

    Share an Internet connection and turn a Windows 7 or 8 PC in to a Wireless Hotspot (even on a VPN)!
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  3.    16 Feb 2016 #3

    Thanks for the link. Unfortunately, the Access Network still says "No Network Connection."
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    Windows 10....for now
       16 Feb 2016 #4

    I am having the same problem, and instead of starting a new thread to rant about it I thought I would just keep up with this one.

    I have a 4 day old laptop--bought new from the store with Win 10 factory installed. I updated Windows this morning, which was an absolutely arduous affair---ESPECIALLY considering this laptop is BRAND NEW, I should not have needed a 2 hour update. I've verified that all drivers for Network adaptors are up to date. And, I have also tried the command (admin) lines.

    No dice. Still see: Hosted network supported : No

    "The hosted network couldn't be started.The group or resource is not in the correct state to perform the requested operation."

    Frankly, after having grown up with Win 3.11 and used all the Windows systems up to Win 7 (which we also use at my work in research), I am rather P*ssed. This is only really the last bit of icing on the cake but after 4 days, not being able to find anything or do anything and having a patchwork affair that has yet to do anything that I want....I want to go back to OSx.

    If anybody can help, I would really appreciate it. Because as is, I am very probably going to take this thing back and spend an extra 1000$ on a "cheap" mac, which I don't want to do. I'm fed up beyond belief--also I have spent hours cruising the Microsoft Help threads and they are absolutely not helpful. Any advice?
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       16 Feb 2016 #5

    In order to use a computer to also become a Hot Spot, you have to have two WiFi adapters installed. Or have it connected via Ethernet and use the WiFi bridged to the Ethernet, to allow it to be used as a Hot Spot.
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  6.    17 Feb 2016 #6

    bro67 said: View Post
    In order to use a computer to also become a Hot Spot, you have to have two WiFi adapters installed. Or have it connected via Ethernet and use the WiFi bridged to the Ethernet, to allow it to be used as a Hot Spot.
    This is not correct. It's what the "Hosted network supported" check in my post is for; if it is, you can use a single adaptor.
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  7.    17 Feb 2016 #7

    Hi there
    I might be stating the obvious here -- but usually the simple stuff gets forgotten.

    I take it the LAPTOP is going to be the Internet access computer - however it will be using Wifi so the second machine can communicate via Wifi.

    Is the Wifi port active as well on the laptop. You need to ensure that that's active as well.

    I have an incredibily fast wifi adapter in the laptop and want to share Wifi with a NAS type server that doesn't have a wifi card. I connected a Crossover Ethernet cable from the NAS box to an Ethernet port on the laptop -- works perfectly.

    (I have actually got an ASUS ac56 usb3 wifi adapter for the NAS box - but currently having a problem getting a driver for it that works in Linux so temporarily using the laptops wifi connection).

    Not sure why your system doesn't work -- I've also shared a wifi connection at times setting up a MOBILE phone as the access point too so the idea does work.

    Check also any firewalls - or AV software to see if they are blocking connections.

    (I know in theory you could only need one adapter on the laptop - but the second machine needs to communicate with something and it's easier to test with BOTH adapters working. - When that's done then try messing around with the Ethernet only stuff).

    Using a crossover cable and wifi makes for easy testing

    To connect two computers with a crossover cable

    1.Plug each end of the crossover cable into a network port on the back of each computer.

    2. On one of the computers do the following:

    Open Network and Sharing Centre by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, and then clicking Control Panel. In the search box, type network, and then click Network and Sharing Centre.

    3.In the network map at the top of Network and Sharing Centre, double-click the Unidentified network* icon. (If you have more than one network, this icon will be labelled Multiple networks.)

    --Crossover cable -- only around 5 EUR. Once you've got the idea then I suggest you experiment with ONE adapter --I've found anything with Windows and Networking is usually a horrendous affair (coming from Linux school).

    I theory sharing network should be EASY !!!!!. I suppose another idea would be to use the second computer as a "Proxy Server" or a gateway - but that's another level of complication.

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       17 Feb 2016 #8

    Can't Create A Hotspot That Works

    nigelmercier said: View Post
    This is not correct. It's what the "Hosted network supported" check in my post is for; if it is, you can use a single adaptor.
    The instructions for 7 & 8 are no longer the case with 10. Microsoft has crippled a lot of things that you used to be able to do with 7 & 8. Here soon, they are going to be crippling 10 with the next rollout, with over 1200 changes. Some good, the majority are bad for IT/LAN coordinators, along with Power Users who do stuff with Windows that is not normally done in a real world environment.

    They have to either bridge the WiFi adapter to the Ethernet, by keeping the laptop teathered, or get a second Wifi adapter.

    It will work, it just will not with a single WiFi adapter, which has been the way since XP.
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  9. bro67's Avatar
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       17 Feb 2016 #9

    This whole subject was discussed right after the RTM rolled out. Can't create Wi-Fi hotspot - Windows 10 Forums
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  10. bro67's Avatar
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       17 Feb 2016 #10

    Jimbo this one from a week ago that you replied to, is along the lines what the OP may be dealing with, under the latest change in January. Wifi adapter no longer supported in Hyper-V virtual switch - Windows 10 Forums
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