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"Mobile Hotspot" works, but not the netsh "Hosted Network"

Oct 30, 2016 9:39PM PDT

When I use the netsh command to set and start the "Hosted Network", I can set the settings fine, but starting the hosted network yields "The hosted network couldn't be started. The group or resource is not in the correct state to perform the requested operation.". I have already tried the fix where you enable the "Virtual Adapter" device in device manager, but it did not change anything.

On the flip side, using the "Mobile Hotspot" option inside of the settings starts fine and works correctly.

I am running Windows 10 Pro x64 Anniversary Edition (build 14393) on a Dell Inspiron 7558. The wireless networking card is dual-band 802.11ac.

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This is going to be rough.
Oct 31, 2016 9:38AM PDT

Since the hotspot works I fear that support is not going to happen. That is, unless you get with say Cisco and their products (not the consumer versions) it's never a sure thing that command lines will work.

The goal of the consumer gear is to get it working and then stop.

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Is This The Same "Unconnected" Setup ?
Oct 31, 2016 11:37AM PDT

Is this the same hotspot setup you mentioned in your previous post which has no internet connection? If so, then it makes sense to me that you can't create a hotspot unless something is actually connected to an internet network somehow.

Normally, such hotspots are connected by using phone cards, etc., but if there is no connection, how do you expect to create a network out of nothing?

Hope this helps.

Grif

Post was last edited on October 31, 2016 1:19 PM PDT

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I don't always check a members priors.
Oct 31, 2016 11:45AM PDT
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There's a difrerence
Oct 31, 2016 9:19PM PDT

I have two separate questions posted for a specific reason. This one is so that I can get a technical explanation of the difference, so that I can understand what's actually happening underneath in each. The other one is so that if anyone knows how to trick mobile hotspot (or if there is an alternative) to work.

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Good luck.
Nov 1, 2016 8:54AM PDT

If you have an issue and start dissecting it like this, folk don't get the big picture and you often get nonsense (to you) replies.

If you want to dive into Windows internals, I have to write I haven't taken a class or seminar on this area yet. So I can't write much about it yet. To me the above seems to be as it should be given the full story.

As to static IPs, and so on, I don't know your network or the full story of what you are trying to do so my ending advice is "go with what works." Or find out when Microsoft is holding training courses for what you need to know about.

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Doesn't make sense
Oct 31, 2016 9:28PM PDT

What I still don't understand is how only one of the two works. From what I understand, both options utilize either the 2.4 or 5 GHz band (whichever is unused) of the wireless card to broadcast a network. If I understand what's being told to me, the netsh "hosted network" is basically the host device emulating the functionality of a wireless router, creating a new network. On the other hand, I think that I'm being told that the "Mobile Hotspot" is more of an extension of a specific existing network. If that's so, then it makes sense that the Mobile Hotspot requires an existing network. However, riddle me this: if the Mobile Hotspot is an extension of an existing network, then why can I set the host device's ipv4 address inside of the adapter settings to anything, even if it doesn't match the subnet mask of the existing network? That also applies to any device connecting to the Mobile Hotspot. To clarify, everything works fine with these forced static IP addresses.

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maybe you made classic mistake
Nov 1, 2016 10:01AM PDT

of running two DHCP among the two and both trying to assign the same IP address range.

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