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Cannot host WiFi hotspot

Discussion in 'Windows 10' started by jackuars, Oct 19, 2015.

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  1. jackuars

    jackuars Thread Starter

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    I am unable to start Wifi Hotspot on my Windows 10 Pro 64bit PC. I have the latest Lenovo Z51-70 laptop. I tried using CMD prompt, external softwares like OsToto Hotspot, MyPublic Wifi, My WIFI Router. My laptop used to get Wifi hotspot activated before I re-installed Windows 10 again.

    Additionally I don't have Microsoft Virtual WiFi Miniport Adapter listed in the Device Manager under Network Adapter.

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    I have Internet Connection Sharing enabled for my Ethernet connection.

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    STEPS/TROUBLESHOOTING

    1. Re-installing Windows didn't help.

    2. Error messages I got in the softwares I used.
    a) OSToto Hotspot: "The wireless card is not found 1. Check if the wireless is turned on. 2. Is wireless adapter driver installed?"
    b) MyWifi Router: "Fail to start your Wifi hotspot. Error 1002. Computer's wireless card does not support wireless hotspot creation.
    c) CMD Prompt: The hosted network couldn't be started. The group or resource is not in the correct state to perform the requested operation.

    3. I tried doing netsh wlan show drivers, it gave me this. I don't understand why it shows Hosted Network Supported as No. Because I used to get WiFi hotspot on Windows 8.1 and 10 on my laptop before.

    Interface name: Wi-Fi

    Driver : Qualcomm Atheros QCA61x4 Wireless Network Adapter
    Vendor : Qualcomm Atheros Communications Inc.
    Provider : Qualcomm Atheros Communications Inc.
    Date : 6/24/2015
    Version : 12.0.0.102
    INF file : C:\Windows\INF\oem34.inf
    Files : 4 total
    C:\Windows\system32\DRIVERS\Qcamain10x64.sys
    C:\Windows\system32\DRIVERS\qca61x4_1_1_2.bin
    C:\Windows\system32\DRIVERS\eeprom_ar6320_2p1_NFA345i_highTX.bin
    C:\Windows\system32\DRIVERS\vwifibus.sys
    Type : Native Wi-Fi Driver
    Radio types supported : 802.11b 802.11a 802.11g 802.11n 802.11ac
    FIPS 140-2 mode supported : Yes
    802.11w Management Frame Protection supported : Yes
    Hosted network supported : No
    Authentication and cipher supported in infrastructure mode:
    Open None
    Open WEP-40bit
    Open WEP-104bit
    Open WEP
    WPA-Enterprise TKIP
    WPA-Personal TKIP
    WPA2-Enterprise TKIP
    WPA2-Personal TKIP
    Vendor defined TKIP
    WPA2-Enterprise Vendor defined
    Vendor defined Vendor defined
    WPA-Enterprise CCMP
    WPA-Personal CCMP
    WPA2-Enterprise CCMP
    Vendor defined CCMP
    WPA2-Enterprise Vendor defined
    Vendor defined Vendor defined
    Vendor defined CCMP
    Vendor defined CCMP
    WPA2-Personal CCMP
    Vendor defined Vendor defined
    Wireless Display Supported: Yes (Graphics Driver: Yes, Wi-Fi Driver: Yes)

    4. I installed both Intel WLAN driver and Atheros WLAN driver for Windows 10 64bit from Lenovo support for Z51-70. Is it necessary to install both of them? Will it cause problems? I couldn't get Wifi hotspot on anyway.
     
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  2. CoolBurn

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    From an elevated command prompt run the following:
    netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=anything key=anything (press enter)
    Note that “anything” is whatever you would like in that field to be.
    netsh wlan start hostednetwork (press enter)

    Once the above is complete, go back into the Network Connections screen and you should see a new virtual adapter created. Insure you go into properties and check that ICS is checked.

    Other Notes:
    Again from an elevated command prompt:
    netsh wlan stop hostednetwork (press enter) Stops the hotspot.
    netsh wlan show hostednetwork (press enter) Just shows any hotspots created on the system
     
  3. victor.franklin5

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    Wow that was a good read ! Thanks ...

    Sent from my SM-G920V using Tapatalk
     
  4. technewway

    technewway

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    I'm facing the exactly same problem, I also tired all troubleshoot mentioned. I am using Windows 10 Home on my Dell Inspiron 15 3543. I tired reinstalling drivers and all no work.

    Cmd command result:
    netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=anything key=anything
    Result: mode successfully set to allow, ssid and key successfully changed.

    netsh wlan start hosted network
    Result:
    The hosted network couldn't be started.
    The group or resource is not in the correct state to perform the requested operation.

    netsh wlan show drivers
    Result: same as above (i.e. of jackuars)

    All other problems are exactly same as that of jackuars. (i.e. Microsoft Virtual miniport not listed in Device Manager and network connections).
     
  5. technewway

    technewway

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    Thanks all !

    But my own troubleshooting solved my problem.

    I just go to device manager, select my wifi driver, right-clicked it and go to update driver, then at the below I find written view all driver files on this computer, I clicked on it and selected another driver named Broadcom wifi driver instead of Dell wifi Driver.

    My Wifi, Wifi Hotspot working fine now !
     
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