It's a real problem to make a Wi-Fi access point in last builds of Windows 10, because of constant development of this system. There is an issue with Microsoft Mobile Hotspot, it doesn't work anymore on some machines. To check it out, enter the command shown below into Command Prompt (run it as Admin):
NETSH WLAN show drivers
You'll see a response like this:
C:\WINDOWS\system32>NETSH WLAN show drivers Interface name: Wi-Fi Driver : TP-Link Wireless USB Adapter Vendor : TP-Link Technologies Co., Ltd. Provider : Realtek Semiconductor Corp. Date : 10/26/2016 Version : 1030.11.503.2016 INF file : netrtwlanu.inf Type : Native Wi-Fi Driver Radio types supported : 802.11n 802.11g 802.11b FIPS 140-2 mode supported : Yes 802.11w Management Frame Protection supported : Yes Hosted network supported : No <==== Authentication and cipher supported in infrastructure mode:
"No" means you can't use the system for Hotspot. Also in Settings --> Network & Internet --> Mobile Hotspot you may see a message like this:
"We can't set up mobile hotspot because your PC doesn't have an Ethernet, Wi-Fi or cellular data connection"
The attempt to use another "netsh" commands also fails:
C:\>netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=Titanium key=999999999999 C:\>netsh wlan start hostednetwork The hosted network couldn't be started. The group or resource is not in the correct state to perform the requested operation.
But there still a way to avoid this issue using VirtualBox. The idea is very simple - install VirtualBox with USB support, then install Windows XP in it (or any other operating system), and run a hotspot utility in Windows XP. Let's see what we need:
With latest drivers installed by Windows 10, the Wi-Fi adapter is shown as Realtek 802.11n NIC
Try to connect to this hotspot using SSID and password. If it fails, switch the mode to the "Speed mode":
Now you can try to connect to this hotspot using credentials (SSID and password) entered earlier.
It also worth to note that energy savings for all adapters should be disabled. To do this, click on adapter icons in Windows XP system tray, click on "Property", then click on "Configure". In the tab "Power management" uncheck "Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power". Make this for all adapters.
By the way, there is another problem with 300Mbps Mini Wireless N USB TL-WN823N Adapter - if connect it to a specific USB port on a motherboard, the computer will hang at the boot. It happens because TL-WN823N adapter consumes too much energy, and some motherboard's USB ports can't provide enough power. But if connect the adapter to another USB port or a hub or a card reader with USB port powered by PC power support, all works fine.
This method works not only with TL-WN823N adapter, but also with others adapters. As it was mentioned before, almost any modern operating system can be used as a guest in VirtualBox, just like Windows 7/8, Ubuntu, etc.