Saturday, September 18, 2010


Make Windows 7 PC A Wi-Fi HotSpot Using Virtual Router

Virtual Router is an open source software which leverages the Wireless Hosted Network API which is a part of the new Windows Operating Systems (Windows 7 and Windows server 2008).
If you have got Wi-Fi in your laptop and have Windows 7 installed in it then you can easily turn it into a Wi-Fi hotspot and share your net connection with other people in the range and Virtual Router is the easiest way to do so.

With this feature, a Windows computer can use a single physical wireless adapter to connect as a client to a hardware access point (AP), while at the same time acting as a software AP allowing other wireless-capable devices to connect to it. This feature requires that a Hosted Network capable wireless adapter is installed in the local computer. (quoted from MS library)

The program is really simple to use. After downloading and installing the software all you have to do is specify the network name and password to access this network. It uses the WPA-2 encryption to protect the wireless network from unwanted users.

You can also use CONNECTIFY and can create Wi-fi hotspot very easily through any source of net comming in ur system either lan or mobile or wifi.  Connectify is a free and easy to use software router for Windows 7 computers. With Connectify, users can wirelessly share any Internet connection: a cable modem, Read more:


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June 4, 2011 at 2:08 AM delete

Hi there, i'm using a DSL connection on my parents laptop. I want to connect to the internet from my laptop through theirs. I recently installed Connectify but it didn't allow for the DSL to work on my parents laptop (it said 561 error, etc), so i had to uninstall Connectify. Could you give me a piece of advice? Thank you very much, Andrei

June 5, 2011 at 9:39 PM delete

Hello Andrei, thanks for posing in bench3. I wonder is it really Error 561? i guess it should be 651 as error 561 is not related to networking. If it is error 651, you are not alone, Error 651 seems to be a known bug in Windows 7 that is being worked at. And follow this link to troubleshoot error 651.

June 5, 2011 at 9:41 PM delete

And if you are sure that the error is 561, here is a work around.

But there is no such error related to Networking in Windows 7 to my knowledge. But may be i am wrong. I am still not an expert!