August 19, 2012

Turn On Virtual Wi-Fi feature in Windows 7 comes with built-in Virtual Wi-Fi capabilities that let you turn Windows 7 as Virtual Wi-Fi access point, allowing other Wi-Fi-enabled devices to share the connection without any 3rd party software.
It normally shows up in the “Network Connections Folder” with a Device Name of ‘Microsoft Virtual WiFi Miniport adapter’. It uses WPA2 Encryption to ensure the best security.

How To:

Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 with Hosted Network capable wireless adapter. (Almost all PCs came after 2009 has new capable wireless adapters, and enable Microsoft Virtual WiFi Miniport adapter; you must install latest device drivers from vendor’s website).

  1. Run Command Prompt as Administrator and execute the following commands to configure network interface and turn on Wi-Fi respectively.
  2. netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=NetworkName key=Password
    netsh wlan start hostednetwork
  3. To share this connection, go to Network and Sharing Center. Choose desired network adapter (like Ethernet or Wi-Fi), on Sharing tab, enable connection sharing and then select the appropriate Virtual Wi-Fi interface.
If stiil not sure of how to use it, , you can use a freeware called Virtual Router – Wifi Hot Spot for Windows 7 / 2008 R2

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