HostedNetworkStarter v1.15
Copyright (c) 2016 Nir Sofer


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.

Known Issues

  • hnetcfg.dll Crash - On some Windows 10 systems, HostedNetworkStarter crashes when trying to start the hosted network. The crash occurs inside hnetcfg.dll while HostedNetworkStarter requests to disable previous ICS (Internet Connection Sharing) settings in order to set ICS for the hosted network. It's unclear whether this crash occurs because HostedNetworkStarter does something wrong or it's some kind of bug in ICS component of Windows 10. Some people reported that this crash started to appear after installing Windows 10 Anniversary Update.

Versions History

  • Version 1.15:
    • You can use any variable inside HostedNetworkStarter.cfg as a command-line parameter in order to change the settings of HostedNetworkStarter, for example:
      HostedNetworkStarter.exe /NetworkSSID "MyNetwork" /NetworkKey "fh78fh8f#"
  • Version 1.10:
    • Added 'Put Icon On Tray' option.
    • Added 'Save Configuration To File' and 'Load Configuration From File' options.
    • Added /Start command-line option to start the hosted network instantly without displaying the settings window.
    • Added /cfg command-line option to start HostedNetworkStarter with the specified configuration file.
  • Version 1.02:
    • HostedNetworkStarter now displays an error message when typing a network key shorter than 8 characters (The hosted network feature of Windows fails to start if the network key is too short)
  • Version 1.01:
    • Fixed issue: When Windows hosted network is disabled, HostedNetworkStarter now automatically enable it. In previous version, HostedNetworkStarter failed to start the wifi hotspot if Windows hosted network was disabled.
  • Version 1.00 - First release.

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.

Command-Line Options

/cfg <Filename> Start HostedNetworkStarter with the specified configuration file. For example:
HostedNetworkStarter.exe /cfg "c:\config\hns.cfg"
/Start Starts the hosted network instantly without displaying the settings window.
/NetworkSSID <Network SSID>
/NetworkKey <Network Key>
/ShareInternet <0 | 1>
/ShareAdapter <Network Adapter Guid>
You can use any variable inside HostedNetworkStarter.cfg as a command-line parameter in order to change the settings of HostedNetworkStarter, for example:
HostedNetworkStarter.exe /NetworkSSID "NirSoft" /NetworkKey "js7dhdy387783!"

Translating HostedNetworkStarter to other languages

In order to translate HostedNetworkStarter to other language, follow the instructions below:
  1. Run HostedNetworkStarter with /savelangfile parameter:
    HostedNetworkStarter.exe /savelangfile
    A file named HostedNetworkStarter_lng.ini will be created in the folder of HostedNetworkStarter utility.
  2. Open the created language file in Notepad or in any other text editor.
  3. Translate all string entries to the desired language. Optionally, you can also add your name and/or a link to your Web site. (TranslatorName and TranslatorURL values) If you add this information, it'll be used in the 'About' window.
  4. After you finish the translation, Run HostedNetworkStarter, and all translated strings will be loaded from the language file.
    If you want to run HostedNetworkStarter without the translation, simply rename the language file, or move it to another folder.


This utility is released as freeware. You are allowed to freely distribute this utility via floppy disk, CD-ROM, Internet, or in any other way, as long as you don't charge anything for this and you don't sell it or distribute it as a part of commercial product. If you distribute this utility, you must include all files in the distribution package, without any modification !


The software is provided "AS IS" without any warranty, either expressed or implied, including, but not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. The author will not be liable for any special, incidental, consequential or indirect damages due to loss of data or any other reason.


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HostedNetworkStarter is also available in other languages. In order to change the language of HostedNetworkStarter, download the appropriate language zip file, extract the 'hostednetworkstarter_lng.ini', and put it in the same folder that you Installed HostedNetworkStarter utility.

LanguageTranslated ByDateVersion
Arabic Mohamed.Bajdouai18/08/2016HostedNetworkStarter v1.10
Brazilian PortugueseIgor Rückert29/06/20161.02
DutchJan Verheijen12/06/20201.15
FrenchGilles PEDROLI15/08/20161.10
German «Latino» auf WinTotal.de10/10/20161.15
Greek geogeo.gr02/04/20161.00
HungarianNyilas László (translation v0.1)08/05/20161.01
Italian Annibale21/06/20161.01
Japanese RPL LSF27/06/20171.15
Polish Daniel Sajdyk (
Portuguese BrazilIgor Rückert02/04/20161.00
Russian KopBuH9119/02/20171.15
Simplified Chinese Eros23/04/20161.00
SlovakFrantišek Fico12/04/20171.15
Traditional Chinese Danfong Hsieh11/10/20161.15
UkrainianÑåðã³é Ïîíîìàðåíêî14/09/20161.10