HostedNetworkStarter - Wifi Hotspot Creator for Windows 10/8/7

Friday, May 6, 2016

HostedNetworkStarter is a simple tool for Windows 7 and later that allows you to easily create a wifi hotspot with your wireless network adapter, using the Wifi hosted network feature of Windows operating system. With the wifi hotspot created by this tool, you can allow any device with wifi support to access the network and the Internet connection available in your computer.

System Requirements

  • Any version of Windows, starting from Windows 7 and up to Windows 10, 32-bit or 64-bit systems. (In older versions of Windows, there is no support for Wifi hosted network)
  • Wireless network adapter that supports Wifi hosted network. 

Start Using HostedNetworkStarter

HostedNetworkStarter doesn't require any installation process or additional DLL files. In order to start using it, simply run the executable file - HostedNetworkStarter.exe 
After running HostedNetworkStarter, the 'Hosted Network Options' window is opened, allowing you to choose the desired configuration of your Wifi hotspot. After filling the network name ,the network key, and choosing the desired Internet connection to share, you should press the Start button to start the Wifi Hotspot. 
After starting the wifi hotspot, the main window of HostedNetworkStarter displays information about the started hotspot. The upper pane displays general statistics about the active hotspot (Hosted Network State, Channel Number, number of Connected clients, Sent Bytes, Received Bytes, and so on) , and the lower pane displays the list of clients that are currently connected to your hotspot 
If there was any error during the hotspot activation, the error code or message will be displayed in one or more of the following lines in the upper pane: 'Hosted Network Error', 'Hosted Network Reason Code', and 'Internet Connection Sharing Error'. 

The 'Hosted Network Options' window

Here's the description of all options available in the 'Hosted Network Options' window:
  • Network Name (SSID):The name of your Wifi hotspot.
  • Network Key:The network key of your Wifi hotspot.
  • Persistent Key:If this option is checked, Windows operating system will store your network key, and it'll use it in the future if the 'Network Key' field is empty.
  • Storing the network key inside the .cfg file: Tells HostedNetworkStarter how to store the network key inside HostedNetworkStarter.cfg (located in the same folder of the .exe file): 
    • Don't store the network key inside the .cfg file (The default)
    • Store the network key inside the .cfg file without encryption
    • Store the network key inside the .cfg file with Windows encryption
    If you choose to store the network key with Windows encryption, HostedNetworkStarter will be able to get load the key only when running it on the same computer with the same user.
  • Share the Internet and the network from the following connection: If this option is checked, the devices that connect to your hotspot will be able to use the Internet from the selected network connection as well as to access other computers and devices on your network. HostedNetworkStarter automatically activates the Internet connection sharing when you start the wifi hotspot and deactivates it when you stop wifi hotspot. 
    If this option is turned off, you can still manually activate the Internet connection sharing from the settings window of your network adapter. 
    If this option is turned off and you don't activate the Internet connection sharing manually, then the devices connect to your hotspot will only be able to access the computer that runs HostedNetworkStarter and any other device that is connected to the wifi hotspot.
  • Maximum number of connected devices: The maximum number of wifi devices that will be able to connect your wifi hotspot concurrently.    

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