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.
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'.
Here's the description of all options available in the 'Hosted Network Options' window:
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):
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.
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.