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Does the Intel(R) Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165 support hosted networks?

Does the 3165AC support hosted networking at all on any version of windows and/or driver version?

I have been googling the same for the past 3 hours but unable to find any solutions.

I am trying to set up a wifi hotspot on win10.

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Hello deveshmanish,

The Intel® Dual Band Wireless-AC 3165 and other current Intel® Wireless adapters are not designed to be used as Wireless Hotspots (Infrastructure mode). They only include basic Hosted Network functionality (Ad-hoc, WiFi direct).

You can find more information about this topic in the following thread:


I can confirm that it is possible.

Using the information found at: /thread/102972 I did get it to work on my Windows 10 Dell Inspiron_7568_2-in-1.

In my case I couldn't get it to work using version, but it did work using version

Here is a copy of the message (just in case). I found the windows 10 64bit driver searching the web, don't have the link now:

HugoLindstrom escribió:


I ran in to the same issue trying to connect to a IBSS network on Windows 10 using Intel Dual band Wireless-AC 8260 Driver


netsh wlan show wirelesscapabilities

WDI Version (Windows) :

WDI Version (IHV) :

Soft AP : Not supported

IBSS : Not Supported

Rolling back to (Windows 8.1) driver enables what's needed to connect:

WDI Version (Windows) :

WDI Version (IHV) :

Soft AP : Supported

IBSS : Supported

To rollback:

  1. Install the 8260 driver for Windows 8.1 on your Windows 10 Download Intel® PROSet/Wireless Software and Drivers for Windows 8.1*.
  2. Device Manager,
  3. right-click on your Wireless Network Adapter,
  4. Update driver software,
    1. Browse My Computer for driver software,
    2. Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer,
    3. Choose your older driver,
    4. Next,
    5. Close
  5. Verify using netsh:
    1. netsh wlan show wirelesscapabilities
    2. netsh wlan show driver

My guess is that Intel removed SoftAP, Hosted Network support from their latest driver as IBSS ( Native 802.11 Miniport Drivers (Windows Drivers) ) is deprecated by Microsoft and might stop working by upgrading Windows in a unknown future.

Hope it helps