Fix Hosted Network Connected but No Internet Access

By Puja Chatterjee on August 22, 2023

You may sometimes experience an issue such as the Hosted Network is connected but there is no internet access.

In such situations, you will not be able to use the internet properly and you will not be able to create a hotspot on your PC.

This issue is quite normal and is not all that serious. It can be fixed by some easy methods.

If you are unaware of these methods but want to know about them you are at the right place. This article will inform you about its reasons, fixes and the steps to follow to rectify the problem.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

Why is Hosted Network Connected but No Internet Access?

If your system does not support the Hosted Network, you will face the issue of the Hosted Network connected but no internet access.

However, this issue does not occur only if the Hosted Network feature is not supported by your PC. It may also happen when:

Regardless of the reason, here are a few remedies that might help in fixing the issue.

How to Fix Hosted Network Connected but No Internet Access Error?

The Hosted Network connected but no internet access error can be resolved easily by restarting the Hosted Network feature on your PC.

If there are any issues with the hardware that is causing the issue, you can try identifying and fixing them easily by running the hardware troubleshooter from the Control Panel.

Sometimes, minor changes in sharing settings from the Control Panel may resolve the issue. Go to the Control Panel > Network and Internet > Network and Sharing Center > Advanced sharing settings > Enable file sharing for 40 and 56-bit encryption. If any item is requested, you may also turn it on.

If that does not resolve the issue then you can try the following solutions:

Here are the steps to follow for each.

Method 1: Change Network Connections from the Control Panel

More often than not, the issue of the Hosted Network connected but no internet access can be resolved by simply changing the network connections from the Control Panel.

STEPS TO FOLLOW:

Typing control panel

Selecting Network and Internet

Clicking on the Network and Sharing Center option

Clicking on the Change adapter settings

Selecting Status from the drop-down context menu

Wireless Network Connection 2 Status window

Choosing Properties from the drop-down context menu

Clicking on the OK button

It will open a window which will look like the image below:

Status window of the Wireless Network Connection 2

Note that the IPv4 Connectivity is now enabled, which is marked by a red box highlighted in yellow in the image.

Also, see that the connection is no more ‘Identifying’ and the Microsoft Virtual WiFi Miniport Adapter is being used.

Finally, check the Network and Sharing Center window and you will see that the connection that was shown as ‘Identifying’ before is now enabled, as shown in the image below:

Checking the Network and Sharing Center window

Restart your system and use your network and internet as before.

If this does not resolve the problem, you may try the next method.

Method 2: Install the 8.1 Version Driver of the Network Interface Card

Irrespective of the operating system and the Network Interface Card installed on your PC, you might fix the issue of Hosted Network Connected but no internet access by installing the 8.1 version driver of the NIC.

Note: This method is quite long and comprises different stages. Follow each step precisely for successful rectification of the issue.

Also note that using a driver not compatible with the operating system may cause some issues.

STEPS TO FOLLOW:

netsh wlan show drivers

If it shows No, as it is in this case, you will need to enable it by following these steps:

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Opening the webpage

Remember, the suffix letters (DE, in this case) do not matter. Just ensure the model number is the same.

Looking for the Download button

Clicking on the Download button

Clicking on Show in folder

Clicking on Copy from the options in the drop-down menu

Clicking on Paste Shortcut

Choosing the Paste option

Choosing Run as administrator

Clicking on the Next button in the Setup Wizard window

Clicking on the small circle next to ‘I accept the agreement.’

C:\DRIVERS\WIN\WLAN)

You can change the location if you do not want the default location by clicking on the Browse button, shown by the red arrow in the above image, and clicking on a folder of your choice.

Folder Exists window

Ready to Install

Install Realtek RTL8723BE Wireless Driver

Sorry! We do not support this operating system!!

This is a normal error because you are trying to install an 8.1 driver in a Windows 10 system.

The driver is already extracted in Drive C: and therefore, you can work on it from there as follows:

Clicking on Local Disk

In the Manage window, you will need to go to the location or the folder in which the downloaded file is installed.

As for the locations noted above in this demonstration, the respective folders to click and open in the exact order are:

You will find every file necessary for running the driver is downloaded in the Win81x64 folder, as shown in the image below:

Win81x64 folder

Now, the next part is to update the network adapter driver. For that, you will need to follow these steps:

Selecting Manage option

Selecting Update driver

How do you want to search for drivers

Clicking on Let me pick from a list of available drivers on my computer

Clicking on the Have a disk button

Clicking on the Browse button

netrtwlane file inside the Win81x64 folder

Alternatively, for quick search, you can type Win81x64 in the box next to Look in and locate the same file.

Install From Disk window

Clicking on the Next button

Windows has successfully updated your drivers

You can now see the Microsoft Hosted Network Virtual Adapter in the Device Manager, which was invisible before under the Network adapters, as shown in the image below:

Microsoft Hosted Network Virtual Adapter in the Device Manager

Additionally, you can also see that the Hosted network supported in the Command Prompt is saying Yes, which was showing No before, as shown in the image below:

Hosted network supported in the Command Prompt is saying Yes

Now, finally, you will be able to work freely since the Hosted Network will connect and allow internet access as well.

Note: The names of the files and folders used here are just for demonstration purposes and may vary in your case.

Conclusion

So, that is all you have to do to rectify the error of Hosted Network connected but no internet access.

Though there aren’t many ways to fix the error, these could be quite effective and worth trying for a quick resolution.