To host a Virtual Router / Access Point with your PC, you need a compatible Wireless Adapter that supports Hosted Network.
- Windows 7 or later
- Wireless Network adapter with HostedNetwork support.
Check for hosted network support by running this in Command Prompt:
netsh wlan show drivers
If it says No, your network card does not support Hosted Network, or you need to update your drivers.
Configure the wireless Hosted Network settings:
netsh wlan set hostednetwork ssid=MySSID key=MyWiFiKey
You will only need to do this once. It will retain this settings even if you reboot your PC.
Start the wireless Hosted Network (Run as Administrator):
netsh wlan start hostednetwork
Stop the wireless Hosted Network:
netsh wlan stop hostednetwork
Set up Internet Connection Sharing (ICS)
Next, bring up the properties window of the Network Adapter that has Internet Connection.
Check “Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s Internet connection”. Now select the Network Adapter to share to (in my case, HostedNetwork).
Once properly configured, your Hosted Network Status should show Internet connectivity.
|Unsupported Network Adapters|
|Intel® PRO/Wireless 3945ABG Network Connection|
|Intel® Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN|
|Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 100|
|Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N 130|
Not Supported Devices