I thought it would be a good test to bring the Amazon Fire Stick on vacation. The Fire Stick prompted me for the hotel free internet and I was able to quickly see our movies. But I needed to stream the iPad as well. This is where the issue was. The hotel network wasn’t allowing the devices to see each other on the same wireless network.
Windows 10 hot spot to the rescue. These commands should work on most Windows 8/10 computers to enable the hot spot.
create the network and key: netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=ssidname key=ssidkey keyUsage=persistent
To start the services: netsh wlan start hostednetwork
To stop the services: netsh wlan stop hostednetwork
Using a new HP Spectre laptop I wasn’t able to complete the last 2 commands as it was throwing an error: ” the hosted network couldn’t be started. The group or resource is not in the correct state to perform the requested operation.”
I happened to have a extra Cisco AE1200 USB wireless stick in my bag that allowed me to share the wireless network. this allowed me to connect the Amazon Fire stick to my laptop, pair the iPad with the laptop and stream my content to the TV. This option would work with a Apple TV as well or any other network streaming device on a shared wireless network that is out of your control.
Nice option when there is nothing on TV in the hotel!