I am attempting to setup my Microsoft Surface Pro 3 (Win 8.1) as a WIFI hotspot in order to wirelessly transfer
files from my smartphone.
Going to the Windows store I obtained Easy Wifi Hotspot Creator which generated the following batch file:
netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=portal key=letmein
netsh wlan start hostednetwork
netsh wlan show hostednetwork
Running the above bat file in administrator mode the SP3 responds;
Microsoft Windows [Version 6.3.9600]
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C:\windows\system32>netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode:allow ssid:portal key:letmein
The hosted network mode has been set to allow.
The SSID of the hosted network has been successfully changed.
The user key passphrase of the hosted network has been successfully changed.
C:\windows\system32>netsh wlan start hostednetwork
The hosted network couldn't be started.
A device attached to the system is not functioning.
C:\windows\system32>netsh wlan show hostednetwork
Hosted network settings
Mode : Allowed
SSID name : "SP3"
Max number of clients : 31
Authentication : WPA2-Personal
Cipher : CCMP
Hosted network status
Status : Not started
Note: The Surface Pro 3's Wifi hardware is functioning properly since I normally have it
attached to my house LAN via Wifi. After running the bat file my smartphone does not
see a Wifi connection with the ssid "portal".
note 2: The passphrase I used was secure -- not the one I posted here.