How to create a wifi hotspot without password / with WEP security?
Alberto last edited by
I'm trying to connect my Nintendo DS to Internet, but my router have a WPA security, which isn't supported by the DS. So I'd like to create a hotspot to share my wifi at home, but with a WEP security or no password at all.
I tried to use my Windows laptop but it requires a password. I also attempted to use Powershell with these two commands:
netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=anything key= netsh wlan start hostednetwork
but the second command writes "Group or resource isn't in the correct state to perform required operation" (this may not be the exact error message, it's a translation of mine).
I downloaded some mobile apps too, but none has provided a way to create an open hotspot or to change the security level to WEP. So currently I'm using my mobile data, but I have a bad connection (which doesn't work often) and I don't want to apply some obscure changes to my router in order to modify the security. Does someone have an idea to help me?
I have your same problem. You get that error because your configuration does not support hosted networks, or simply you don't have the specific driver.
You can check this typing in an admin command prompt:
netsh wlan show drivers
which leads to:
Hosted network supported: No
If that's the case, unfortunately, it's related to your Network adapter or Windows 10 itself (if you run that), which doesn't support Microsoft Hosted Network Virtual Adapter that Windows 8 used to have.
Here are some solutions I found online:
Downgrade your Wi-Fi adapter drivers to a previous version (Windows 8.1 for example), that should make "Microsoft Hosted Network Virtual Adapter" appear again.
From "Registry editor":
EverUsedvalue to 1
- find "WLAN AutoConfig"
- start it if stopped
- set "Automatic" as Startup type
From "Device Manager":
- search for the "Network Adapter" drivers
- right click on it and then select "Update Driver Software"
- select the option 'Browse my computer for driver software'
- and 'Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computers'
- uncheck the option 'Show compatible hardware'
- under the Manufacturer select "Microsoft"
- search for 'Microsoft Hosted Network Virtual Adapter' and follow the instructions
If nothing works you can still use the integrated https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/use-your-windows-pc-as-a-mobile-hotspot-c89b0fad-72d5-41e8-f7ea-406ad9036b85 , by sharing your Internet connection with other devices over Wi-Fi:
Settings > Network and Internet > Mobile Hotspot