Share Your Laptop Internet With Your Phone


UPDATE: Simply download the attached file and use it instead. Dropbox link below:

It is possible to share the Internet connection on your laptop with your phone. This is also another form of ad hoc connection. An ad hoc is simply is a method or mode created for easy connection between wireless devices. Essentially, you are turning your laptop into a wireless hotspot. We will be using the command prompt found in Windows and a bunch of commands to accomplish this. The netsh command will be used in this tutorial.
In Windows, it is easy to setup. Just follow the simple steps below, and you should be good to go.

In order to create an ad hoc connection in Windows 7 or 8 using netsh utility, run CMD with administrative privileges; just type cmd on Start Screen, right-click it and select Run as administrator.
Now, first you need to check whether your network interface supports virtualization or not. Simply, run the following command (in command prompt) to view Hosted network supported status:

netsh wlan show drivers



In case, it says No, you will need to update your network adapter’s driver. If your NIC supports virtualization, you’re good to go.
Now, enter the following command to
configure an ad hoc wireles connection:

netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid= (type any name here) key= (type any password here)



Once the hosted network has been set to allow, you need to start the mode to create an ad hoc connection. Just enter the command below:

netsh wlan start hostednetwork


If it says “hosted network couldn’t start” , you need to disable any current wireless network device and then enable it. You may also need to refresh network adapter list from Device
Manger to install a virtual network device driver.

When the hosted network is started, enable ICS (Internet Connection Sharing) for the newly created Wi-Fi connection, so that you can share your internet connection with others. In order to enable ICS feature, head over to Network and Internet –> Network Connections , and open Properties
dialog of network device (which is connected to internet). Now, open Sharing tab, enable *Allow other network users to connect through
this computer’s Internet connection* , and then choose the newly created ad hoc connection from the list.


Once the internet connection is shared, check the IP address assigned to newly created ad hoc connection from TCP/IPv4 Properties. If it doesn’t assign IP address, then run this command in CMD:

netsh wlan start hostednetwork

After following the above steps, you will be able to connect Wi-Fi enabled devices, especially your phone with your Windows 7/8 PC.
For those who want an alternative software for to things even more simple, check out Connectify.

Also, you can contact me on Twitter or Facebook for the a full version of Connectify.
Need help? Let’s hear it in the comments below.


Got a Question? Comment?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s