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Connectify Allows you to Create “Ad Hoc” Wireless Connection in Windows 8.1

By Hammad Rafique / October 6, 2013

The ad hoc wireless connection is basically used for sharing internet connection. It is one of the most popular features of Windows 7 that can be used by the people who are surfing the internet by using data card. It can be equally beneficial for sharing important audio and video files and for playing various multi-player games.

The users who have recently upgraded from Windows 7/8 to 8.1 will notice that there are no ad hoc WI-Fi connections available in it. They will not find the user interface to set up their ad hoc connection in the Network and Sharing Center.

It leaves the users in dismay because they do not expect the missing of some important features in Windows 8.1. Yet! It is still possible to create an ad hoc connection in Windows 8.1 by using a wonderful third-party tweak that is known as Connectify.

There may be dozens of software for this purpose, but some of them may not work with Windows 8.1. Connectify is an amazing software that works very well with Windows 8.1.

Steps to follow for Creating Ad hoc Wireless Connection in Windows 8.1

You just need to follow a few steps to convert your PC into a WI-Fi router and the procedure of creating ad hoc wireless connection does not take much of your time. So, let’s begin.

Step 1: To begin, you need to click here to download “Connectify”.

Step 2: Once, you have done with the downloading of the software, you need to install it by following the instructions appearing on your screen.

setup connectifyStep 3: Connectify window appears before you where you just need to add a hotspot name and password to create an ad hoc connection as it can be seen in the image below. Click on the option “Start Hotspot” that lies at the bottom of the page. The below hotspot’s name is “Connectify-TechZend’.

hotspot createdStep 4: Now it will start following your directions.

connectingStep 5: Bingo! Connectify has successfully turned your PC into a WI-Fi router and you can share your internet and can use it for sharing files as well. You can assign it a name if you want so.

The image below shows how well it is working on my iPhone.

connectify-techzendEdited: From my users’ comments, I have seen that many are complaining that this ad-hoc connection isn’t working on their devices including Android phones. I have tested this connection on my Galaxy S3 mini and it’s working awesome. I have read that many Android phones do not support ad-hoc connections, created by tools like connectify. Below are screenshots of this ad-hoc connection created by connectify.

ad-hoc on Android

Internet running on Android

About the author

Hammad Rafique

I just love to help people by teaching them solutions of difficult things. To fulfil this promise I have chosen blogging platform.

Trey G - October 31, 2013

The issue is if your Win8.1 is a client and your server in WinXP.

In such a case, the adhoc network that connetify beams out from the WinXP box does not come up in the list of visible networks in the Win8.1 box.

Haven’t found any workaround to this problem yet; any help would be appreciated.

    tazwegian - November 7, 2013

    Hi Trey, I’m having this issue too. Can’t connect to my existing XPSP3 ad hoc network, nor to the wifi hotspot on my phone. Many folk seem to be having this issue with 8.1.

    Very annoying. Very unhappy.

      admin - November 7, 2013

      Hi trey and taz, please tell me what kind of error you both are facing in creation of ad-hoc connection in Windows 8.1. I have done it in my Windows 8.1 pro 32-bit running on HP probook 4530. Please mention your system specs and Windows version. I’ll try to resolve your issues. This guide is especially for win 8.1, if you are running Windows xp of Windows 7 then you can simply Google to create ad-hoc network in that Windows. The good thing is that previous Windows versions has built in option to create ad-hoc connection as i know.

        ganesh - December 5, 2013

        not getting ad-hoc option in my windows 8.1 laptop……

          maddy - December 8, 2013

          Can you please show me in a screenshot?

Paolo - November 11, 2013

Hy there. It seems that the problem is with 81. I was able to link as a client to the ad-hoc network of my phone (server) with windows 8, but as soon as I upgraded to 8.1 no connection at all.

    admin - November 11, 2013

    May be its not working on all computers because of differences in manufacturers. I have tried connectify on my Windows 8.1 pro laptop and its working fine. I’ll provide another solution to create an ad-hoc network in Windows 8.1 using any other tool soon. Stay tuned.

    zahid - January 1, 2014

    Go to settings on connectify

    from the drop down menu select display
    mark the always show ad-hoc
    and you will got it….
    but the android phone are not programmed to find the open ad-hoc connection rather an access point connection

      maddy - January 1, 2014

      May be not possible to connect this Ad-hoc on Android, but i am using it on my iPhone and it’s running excellent. Thanks for the info zahid.

Eric Lee - November 17, 2013

I have an Android phone I use to get internet while on the road. I have to connect to it via the traditional “AD-HOC” network that it presents out. I can connect to it with any pre-Windows 8.1 system just fine. This software does not create that type of a network connection.

    admin - November 17, 2013

    The last image is showing my iPhone with ad-hoc connection “connectify-techzend” and this connection is not directly from router, actually its from my laptop. Laptop is working as a wifi hotspot or a router. I don’t know what kind of connection you are expecting with this tool.

sam - November 22, 2013

i have a windows 7 and i also have a newer laptop that came with windows 8, upgraded the 8 to 8.1. when i took the upgrade i was not able to get back on that wifi but can at other hot spots. im guessing its according to what type of routers are being used. however, where i live i do not have control of that router as its community, if i create this ad-hoc off my windows 7 laptop will that work for my windows 8.1 laptop?

    admin - November 22, 2013

    If you are making your Windows 7 laptop a wifi hotspot, then you can use that WI-Fi network (created on Windows 7) on any device with wifi feature. It can be any mobile phone, tablet, desktop PCs, laptops and also Macbooks.

      kenson - February 3, 2014

      i have lenovo g500 .. win 8.1 64 bit .. i have tried trying through command prompt and i also have downloaded connectify-me but both doesnt work … i have also tried throught ethernet cable giving static ip… i wanna play mohaa, CS, COD, with my friend and he has win 7 … how can i play multiplayer with him … kindly help

ajai - February 4, 2014

Hii , I tried this method the thing is I could create a hotspot using connectify and I could connect with my android device , but I couldnt get the shared intenet in my android phone it says “No internet access” . But I could see my phone connected in the connectify .. Then I tried with different smartphones and laptops all are connecting but I couldnt get the internet in the devices . Even tried other hotspot software and cmd all seems to connect to the devices bt none of the devices gets the internet access ..

Specifications :
OS – win 8.1 64 bit
lap – hp pavilion dv6
Internet – LAN

    maddy - February 6, 2014

    Yes, you are right.. It’s not working correctly on all devices, it can an issue of compatibility. I am working on another tool and soon I’ll update this article with that tool’s detail. I hope I’ll be successful in doing it. Thanks for your comment.
    Edited: I have tried the ad-hoc network on my android phone, which is galaxy s3 and it’s working fine on it. Check the above article for some edited content.

Ayush Gupta - April 14, 2014

Thanks. Easy method to create adhoc network

    Hammad Rafique - April 14, 2014

    You are welcome ayush.

himanshu - May 14, 2014

hey your host-post is connected but data is not transferred from laptop to any other connected device ????????????????/

    Hammad Rafique - May 18, 2014

    Contact connectify support for this issue. May be only you are facing it on your laptop, because of something wrong on your lappy.

LaDLa PriNc3 - June 12, 2014

Thanks 4 Working
My Laptop HP Probook4540s Core I5

Vneu - August 31, 2014

i have already WiFi connection in my PC win.8.1 32 bit i have installed connectify crack software but not share the network in my pc to phone phone connecting to system network is off please help me

Abdul Waheed - April 8, 2015

i am facing problem of wifi on windows 8 , on hp p100ne notebook , i am unable to find button of wifi on keyboard, sometime automatic start work and sometime , cross sign on signal bar , is there proper solution please help me out ,

akeel - May 17, 2015

i like thissoftware

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