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Determine whether your computer supports hosted networks

Last Updated: Feb 06, 2018 09:50AM MST

Please try our new & improved Internal Linking for Windows 8.1 and higher! Internal Linking is far easier to configure and use than Peer-to-peer Linking.


IMPORTANT UPDATE for Windows 8 and 10 users:

Microsoft Windows discontinued support for SoftAP (which TypeWell uses for Internal Linking) and IBSS (for Peer-to-peer Linking). These features were deprecated starting with Windows 8.1; however, many people were able to continue using those features long afterward because their WiFi device drivers hadn't yet been updated by Windows Update. This explains why some Windows 8 and 10 computers that previously could support a hosted network might suddenly be unable to, following a Windows Updates.

You may be able to restore these features in your computer by rolling back the WiFi device driver to an earlier version. For example, see this solution in Intel Community forum.

Wireless device capabilities before and after a Windows 8 or Windows 10 driver update

 

Background

A wireless hosted network — also known as a virtual access point — is required in order to use TypeWell's Internal Linking method. (It's also one option for using Local Linking.) But not all computers support hosted networks, because the Virtual WiFi and Wireless Hosted Network functions are relatively new features in Windows.

  • The following operating systems can run wireless hosted networks using SoftAP: Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.

  • The following operating systems might run wireless hosted networks using SoftAP (provided their WiFi device drivers aren't too current, as explained above): Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10.
  • The following operating systems cannot run wireless hosted networks using SoftAP: Windows 7 Starter Edition, Windows Vista, Windows XP, or any older version of Windows.

If your computer is running Windows 7, it most likely supports TypeWell's Internal Linking or Local Linking functions because the wireless card must support wireless hosted networks in order to be certified for that operating system.

One exception would be a computer that previously had an older operating system (e.g. Windows XP) which was subsequently upgraded to Windows 7. In that case, the WiFi hardware in that older computer might not support wireless hosted networks.

Another group of users who might not have a compatible WiFi card are people who built their own computers.

Methods to confirm (or deny) your computer's support of wireless hosted networks

  • If you have TypeWell Transcriber Version 7 and you have already installed the Internal Server program, open TypeWell Transcriber and select the option by Internal under the Link menu. 


    Link menu
     

    If your computer does not support wireless hosted networks, the Internal Linking Setup window will display a red message, "Disabled because the Virtual AP feature is not available on this machine. " OR,

  • Open up the Windows Command Prompt by pressing the Windows logo key (Windows logo with slanted black and white window) + s, typing "cmd", and pressing the Enter key. 

     

    search for command

     

    You will see the following black screen and a cursor will flash next to C:\Users\Username:

     

    ‚Äčcommand prompt

     

    In the black text field, type "netsh wlan show drivers" and press the Enter key.

     

    show drivers

     

    Scroll up until you see a line that says "Hosted Network Support" as in the picture below. 

     

    hosted network support

     

    If the setting says Yes, your computer's hardware supports the creation of wireless hosted networks. 

If your computer does support hosted networks, you may be interested in:

 


This documentation was prepared for the TypeWell community by Intellitext LLC, a company that provides both on-site and remote real-time transcription. Many thanks for your assistance!
 
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