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The curious case of the not connecting WiFi adapter to a public hotspot in Windows 10

So I had this issue previously, with another Dell laptop and a Killer WiFi adapter, and I didn’t take the effort to create this blog (sometimes I write a blog, just to remember a specific issue in a couple years from now) a while ago. Unfortunately, I completely forget the solution (it kicked in after an hour or so)…

The issue

You cannot connect to a public hotspot, well you can connect but the redirection page takes ages to load, you get some information displayed on the page. But you are stuck in the process of paying or accepting the legal notice before using the Internet.

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Use Windows 7 as Virtual Router

Sometimes it’s just handy to use you’re laptop as a Wifi Hotspot. There are a lot of applications to do that, but the ones that actually work cost a bit. So why not use the built in utility of Windows 7? This is how you can do that.

  1. Open a command prompt with administrative privilges
  2. Enter the following command: netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=WIN7 key=password This will create a wireless access-point with SSID of “WIN7”
  3. Open Networks and Sharing Center and enable the newly created wireless connection.
  4. Share the interface with an internet connection to the newly created wireless connection.

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Now you can start the interface with the following command: netsh wlan start hostednetwork