Turn On or Off Mobile Hotspot in Windows 10  

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  1. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18290
    Thread Starter
       17 Nov 2016 #20

    Hello Geoff, :)

    I've noticed that when you get this message, sometimes it helps to click on one of the other settings (ex: Airplane mode) on the left side, then click back on "Mobile hotspot" to toggle to allow you set afterwards.
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  2. Posts : 246
    Win 10 Pro Build 1703 15063.332
       17 Nov 2016 #21

    Tried all sorts of things, nothing is working.

    Toggled every setting that has anything at all to do with the radio connections and the message stays up.
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  3.    13 Dec 2016 #22

    Hi Geoff,
    I had a similar problem trying to use the hotspot to share my Ethernet connection.
    I got it to work eventually.
    Have you checked that the Ethernet connection is set as 'Share this connection'?

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  4. Posts : 1
    Windows 10 anniversary
       15 Dec 2016 #23


    I'm struggling with the hotspot in my Windows anniversary that continue to disable... I use it to connect my mobile, it means that every time mobile disconnects, the hotspot disables, it's VERY annoying. I'm surprised there are so few complainings around the web: this is the only forum that analyzed the issue.
    The worst thing is that the "turn on remote" doesn't work. I have the bluetooth activated, the devices coupled, but nothing happens and the hotspot stays off. Very frustrating. Someone was able to make it work?

    BTW, I have a suggestion for Geoff, at the beginning I had the same trouble and I solved changing the wireless mode of my wireless card: go to device manager, network card, right clic on your wireless adapter and choose "properties".
    Choose "advanced", then search for "wireless mode" or something like: in my case, it was by default on "802.11a/b/g": change it into "802.11g", confirm, then reboot.
    Try again to enable hotspot: this time it should run. If not, try to choose a different mode, until you find a mode that works with your card.
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  5. Posts : 246
    Win 10 Pro Build 1703 15063.332
       27 Jan 2017 #24

    After many hours of fiddling with this setup, I ended up using the netsh commands to do it. Clearly, there is something deliberately not working with this setting in the public releases of WIN 10.

    Even when you know everything has been set correctly, the quick action options for setting up a mobile hotspot do not work.

    Not sure if it is allowable to refer in a post on this forum to another forum that provides the details of how to do it using the netsh commands.

    I also suppose that the setting up of these options should be possible via group policy? Anyone know where to find it if this is the case?

    Thanks to the others who contributed and provided suggestions. I tried them all and unfortunately, none of them worked in getting the mobile hotspot settings to work from the quick actions options.
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  6. Brink's Avatar
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    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 18290
    Thread Starter
       27 Jan 2017 #25

    Hello Geoff, :)

    If you like, you could post the netsh commands and steps here without linking. Are they the same commands in the yellow Tip box at the top of the tutorial?
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  7. Posts : 246
    Win 10 Pro Build 1703 15063.332
       30 Jan 2017 #26

    Setting up a Mobile Hotspot in WIN 10 using NETSH Commands.

    Below are some commands I came across on another forum to help get Mobile hotspot working. These commands also work on Windows 7 and 8 and possible other older Windows OS's.

    Commands all run while in Command Prompt (Admin)

    1. The first step is to make sure that your device/PC's wireless adaptor/s include support for Hosted Network. (This is covered in the tip section of the tutorial).

    NETSH WLAN show drivers
    This command will show The detail and a line indicating that
    Hosted network Supported: Yes
    You also see what the Hosted network settings are before you start the process with this command.
    NETSH WLAN show hostednetwork
    The response is a listing of all the details related to Hosted Network. Mode; SSID Name; Max number of clients allowed; Cipher.
    You can also check the security settings with this command:
    NETSH WLAN show hostednetwork setting=security
    The response is a listing of the parameters, Authentication; Cipher; Security key; User security key; Usage.

    2. Next would be to set the Hosted Network mode to "allowed" and to set SSID to a name you wish choose, and also at the same time to allocate a Password
    NETSH WLAN set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=[SSID Name] key=[password(minimum of 8 characters)]
    The response will be to confirm your settings.

    Note it is possible to disallow Hosted network at any time using the command
    NETSH WLAN set hostednetwork mode= disallow
    3. Then you need to actually Start a Hosted network by activating it.

    NETSH WLAN start hostednetwork
    Note: It is possible at any time to stop a Hosted network with the command

    NETSH WLAN stop hostednetwork
    4. Now you need to share the existing Internet connection with this newly created Hosted Network, by setting up the "Internet Connection Sharing" feature on the applicable network adaptor.

    a. Access the Network Connections by whatever way you like such as [Windows key+X]
    b. Right click on the Properties tab for that Internet connection.
    c. At the same time you should see a new Network Connection called "Local Area Connection...."
    d. Click the Sharing tab
    e. tick the "Allow other network users to share this connection"
    f. Select the new Virtual Network from the drop down list.
    g. [OK] to finish.

    Hope this helps others' with the same problem as well as allows those Insiders interested in following up why the quick action settings do not always work for everyone.

    I continue to get the error code " We can't set up mobile hotspot. Turn On Wi-Fi", and the Mobile hotspot screen does not reflect the settings I have done using the NETSH commands.

    I would have expected that once Mobile hotspot is set up, the quick action screen would come back with the correct display such as mobile Hotspot = ON.
    Last edited by Geoff Daniell; 30 Jan 2017 at 02:38.
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  8.    19 May 2017 #27

    ....... since August last year (see my 1st post in this thread) I'm still unable to turn "Mobile hotspot" on.

    After the Aniversary Update the turn-on option for "Mobile hotspot"is now present and not greyed out anymore like before (see attached screenshot) but as soon as I try to turn it on it says "We can't setup mobile hotspot.".

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    To my knowledge everything is configured like it should.

    If I use the following CMD commands it's working (see below screenshot), but not the build-in Windows 10 "Mobile hotspot" feature.

    NETSH WLAN set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=WiFi-Hotspot key=xxxxxxxx
    NETSH WLAN start hostednetwork

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    Any help to get it finally working by just click on Name:  Screenshot (26).png
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  9. Caledon Ken's Avatar
    Posts : 11,513
    Windows 10 Pro x64 Build 1803
       19 May 2017 #28

    If you run this command, in posting two, how does yours report?

    netsh wlan show drivers

    You are looking for line "Hosted Network supported"


    I know yours was working before AU, but if you could check. You might be dealing with a new and improved driver.

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  10.    19 May 2017 #29

    ....... just checked again.

    netsh wlan show drivers
    Hosted network supported : Yes

    Otherwise the WiFi-Hotspot I created via CMD wouldn't work, I guess .......
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