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Share Internet Connection Option Missing Cannot Share Internet Computer to Computer Network

Filed under: Uncategorized — S @ 09:30

Every now and then when I create an ad hoc wireless computer to computer network, the share internet option button is not displayed. There is a great post on http://smallittips.blogspot.nl/2011/06/turn-on-internet-connection-sharing.html

It is reproduced below:


“Turn on Internet connection sharing” option missing

Generally, the first time you share your internet on an ad-hoc connection, everything goes fine. But after that, the “internet connection sharing” option disappears. Impossible to find it. Impossible to share your internet connection again… it is linked to the first ad hoc network you have created and won’t be available unless you remove your first-in-your-life-created ad hoc network. The problem is quite tricky as this ad-hoc network is not shown anywhere and restarting your PC will not help.

Here is my solution:
1) Go to your network settings: “Control Panel” / “Network and Sharing Center” and click on “Change adapter settings” (should be called “Manage your internet connections” in my opinion)

2) You should see 2 important connections here:
– your local connection (the one that enables you to connect to the internet). It is probably in state “Network, Shared”.
– your wireless connection (the one you will be using to give internet access to your other devices)
You may have other connections but they are not important here. You will NOT have ad hoc connections

3) Right click on your local connection and go to Properties. There should be a tab called “Sharing” which is activated. Disable it (uncheck the first option “Allow other…”).

4) Disable your wireless connection.

5) Re-enable your wireless connection. As you have unchecked the sharing, when your wireless connection is re-enabled it should not use the internet-sharing-unique-slot

6) Re-create an ad-hoc connection. The option “Turn on Internet connection sharing” should now appear correctly.

If this is not the case, double check that:
– you have re-enabled your wireless connection and that your wireless connection is up (wifi button red, …)
– you have followed the steps properly. Particularly the order of the steps is important



  1. still not working 😦 …i’ve been scouring the whole internet all day, but i still can’t share my mobile broadband’s connection to my other laptop via ad hoc connection. i followed every step

    Comment by frustrated ICSharer — 2014/03/18 @ 05:34


    Comment by anas — 2014/05/20 @ 13:16

  3. Very Very Fantastic

    Comment by David UWIHOREYE — 2014/05/27 @ 04:44

  4. 3) Right click on your local connection and go to Properties. There should be a tab called “Sharing” which is activated. Disable it (uncheck the first option “Allow other…”).

    Sharing tab does’t appear. any idea

    Comment by pankaj — 2014/07/01 @ 23:15

  5. big big thanks to u…………………………. 🙂

    Comment by sk — 2014/08/24 @ 05:42

  6. yeah boy keep up the good work i havent connected my xbox 360 to wifi for 3 years

    Comment by louise — 2015/01/25 @ 00:40

  7. my gad thanks a lot , solved a year problem :3

    Comment by james earl decierdo — 2015/03/22 @ 17:34

  8. This worked like a charm. I had been splitting my hairs over the past two weeks for a solution. All I did was disabled the wifi miniport and then disabled sharing of the LAN connection and then enabled the wifi miniport and then clicked the sharing for LAN again and viola everything is working as it should. Thanks a ton.

    Comment by P.C.Sunil — 2015/08/11 @ 22:59

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