How To Hotspot Windows 7

Creating a hotspot on Windows 7 is a great way to share your internet connection with other devices such as smartphones, tablets, and laptops. In this blog post, we will guide you through the process of setting up a hotspot in Windows 7 by using the built-in tools and features. Let’s get started!


Before you can create a hotspot on Windows 7, you need to ensure that your computer meets the following requirements:

  • A computer running Windows 7 with administrator privileges
  • An active internet connection (either Wi-Fi or Ethernet)
  • A wireless network adapter that supports hosted networks

Step 1: Open Command Prompt as Administrator

First, you need to open the Command Prompt with administrator privileges. To do this, click on the Start button, type cmd in the search box, right-click on cmd.exe in the search results, and select Run as administrator.

Step 2: Check if Your Network Adapter Supports Hosted Networks

Before setting up a hotspot, you need to check if your wireless network adapter supports hosted networks. To do this, enter the following command in the Command Prompt:

netsh wlan show drivers

Look for the line that says Hosted network supported. If it says “Yes”, your network adapter supports hosted networks and you can proceed to the next step. If it says “No”, you won’t be able to create a hotspot on your computer.

Step 3: Create a Hosted Network

To create a hosted network, enter the following command in the Command Prompt, replacing “YourHotspotName” with the desired hotspot name and “YourHotspotPassword” with the desired password for the hotspot:

netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=YourHotspotName key=YourHotspotPassword

This command creates a hosted network with the specified name and password. Remember that the password must be at least 8 characters long.

Step 4: Start the Hosted Network

Now that you’ve created a hosted network, you need to start it. To do this, enter the following command in the Command Prompt:

netsh wlan start hostednetwork

Your hotspot should now be up and running. Other devices should be able to see the hotspot and connect to it using the password you provided in Step 3.

Step 5: Share Your Internet Connection

To share your internet connection with the devices connected to the hotspot, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Network and Sharing Center by clicking on the network icon in the system tray and selecting Open Network and Sharing Center.
  2. Click on Change adapter settings in the left pane.
  3. Right-click on the network adapter that is connected to the internet (either Wi-Fi or Ethernet) and select Properties.
  4. Click on the Sharing tab and check the box next to Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s Internet connection.
  5. In the Home networking connection dropdown menu, select the adapter that corresponds to the hosted network you created earlier.
  6. Click OK to save the settings and close the Properties window.

Your internet connection should now be shared with the devices connected to the hotspot.

Step 6: Stop the Hosted Network (Optional)

If you want to stop the hosted network, simply enter the following command in the Command Prompt:

netsh wlan stop hostednetwork

This will stop the hosted network and disconnect any devices that are connected to it.


That’s it! You’ve successfully created a hotspot on your Windows 7 computer and shared your internet connection with other devices. Keep in mind that you’ll need to start the hosted network again if you restart your computer or stop the hosted network manually. Enjoy sharing your internet connection with ease!