Virtual Router / Wireless Hotspot using your PC

To host a Virtual Router / Access Point with your PC, you need a compatible Wireless Adapter that supports Hosted Network.

 

Requirement:

  • 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

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.

Local-Area-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).

Local-Area-Connection-Sharing

Once properly configured, your Hosted Network Status should show Internet connectivity.

Hosted-Network-Status-Internet

 

Supported Devices

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

          

 

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