How to Quickly Share Wi-Fi From Your Laptop With Virtual Access Point

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I love to play games on my Android smartphone and I use my 3G connection to download them. But some games require you to connect using Wi-Fi before you can download them. Previously, I didn’t have a Wi-Fi router in my house, and neither did my smartphone support Ad-Hoc network (until you root it and apply a patch), and that was the reason I was looking for a way to create a virtual access point using my laptop that could then share the internet wirelessly.

There are some tools like Connectify and Virtual Router that claim to provide a solution to the above problem but to me they created additional problems rather than solving the one I have. Soon after I installed Connectify, I started having random crashes with the infamous Blue Screen Of Death.

Luckily I came across a web service called Virtual Access Point (found on Raymond’s blog) that offers an easy solution using the built-in Virtual Wi-Fi technology in Windows 7. So let’s see how we can create a virtual access point and share the internet connection without breaking a sweat.

To begin, visit Virtual Access Point and type in a SSID (any name) and a password (minimum eight characters) and click on the button Turn On Soft AP. Also make sure you have the latest version of Java Runtime Environment installed on your system because it needs Java to work.

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When the Virtual Access Point page asks you whether you want to run the Java Runtime Environment on the page, check the always trust option and click on the Run Button. The tool will now create a virtual wireless network connection using the Microsoft Virtual WiFi Miniport Adapter.

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Once the access point is up and running it’s now time to share the internet connection. To share the internet connection to the newly created access point open Control Panel—>Network and Internet—>Network Connections. You can also open it directly using the link present on the Virtual Access Point home page right after you create a new access point.

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Now right-click on the newly created virtual adapter and click Properties.

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Under the Sharing tab check the option Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s Internet connection and select the connection you want to share. Now click on the OK button and confirm your actions.

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Your internet connection will be shared instantly. I tested the newly created access point on my smartphone and I could connect to the internet without any problem.

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Once you are done, click on Turn Off Soft AP button on the Virtual Access Point page.

From now on, whenever you create the virtual access point, the internet will be shared by default. If anytime in the future you want to revoke the sharing on the internet, you can do that by changing the properties of the virtual adapter.

My Verdict

Creating virtual access point and sharing the internet has never been this easy. No software, no wizards, no irritating error codes, just open the browser and press a button, that’s all (and some easy steps in the network sharing center).

So, what do you think about the trick? We will love to hear.

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  • forvatera forvatera

    Guys… Stop embarrassing yourselves.
    The easiest way is this:
    1. Create an empty .bat file (notepad.exe can do that) for starting a Virtual Wi-Fi, for instance Virtual.Wi-Fi_Start.bat
    2. Paste the following code there, change necessary parts (in caps), and save:
    netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=”MY-VIRTUAL-WIFI-NAME” key=”MY-VIRTUAL-WIFI-PASSWORD” keyUsage=persistent
    netsh wlan start hostednetwork
    netsh wlan show hostednetwork
    3. Create an empty .bat file (notepad.exe can that) for stopping a Virtual Wi-Fi, for instance Virtual.Wi-Fi_Stop.bat
    4. Paste the following code there, change necessary parts (in caps), and save:
    netsh wlan stop hostednetwork
    netsh wlan show hostednetwork

    That’s it. (dont forget to change wifi name and password in #2) +You need to share the active internet connection, just like article describes, there is no way around this. BUT good that it’s a one-time action (unless you need to share a difference connecton: eg. wired instead of wifi and vise sersa)
    Now every time you need to start a virtual wifi, run file Virtual.Wi-Fi_Start.bat, for stopping run Virtual.Wi-Fi_Stop.bat. THAT’S IT: no stupid java applets, no damaging applications that do this simple staff for you, no memory lost for applications that actually reside in memory for this (no good reason), etc.
    This works, it’s lightning fast and requires ZERO memory and zero effort. nJOY!

    • http://www.guidingtech.com Abhijeet Mukherjee

      Thanks for sharing!

    • TZS

      This thing doesnt work on my hp 8510p. Is it some driver problem with the wifi adapter or the cable network I am connected to?

    • Chandrasekhar Das

      great… working for me :D

    • mc

      hi! my new connection says no network access…please help. thanks

  • Mankul65

    Would this work with an iPad2?

    • http://www.guidingtech.com Abhijeet Mukherjee

      Yes, once the sharing is set up on the computer, a smartphone or iPad can connect wirelessly to it.

  • Knkamunyu

    “forvatera forvatera Collapse
    Guys… Stop embarrassing yourselves.”
    i have but its not acess point it seems to be adhoc, the playbook cant pick that up

  • Annababe

    Hello, have anyone heard about Virtual Hotspot app? I want to use it to share my laptop Internet access with my Blackberry. But I’m not sure whether it could do that, and I want to get more infos before I check it out. Cnt find my desired infos through the website thoughwww.virtualhotspot.net/index.jsp. Could you guys give me some suggestions? Thanks ahead!

  • Phil

    My android tab connects just fine but i can’t access the internet :( I can’t seem to get this working at all and I’m frustrated :)

    • me

      same , getting message obtaining ip address but it never seems to find one!!!!!!

      • Kote

        same here :(:(

        • cymorg

          same here. No explanation as to why – it looks like it should work. Perhaps the host PC has to running a DHCP server??

          • guest

            same

  • charlton

    i get limited connectivity on my android phone using this method…please help!

  • ashrith

    what sort of a range wud this network operate in???

  • Harsha gowda

    why dont you use winhotspot from http://www.winhotspot.com to create hosted network its free and tiny

  • priyank

    in my wlan properties sharing tab is missing pls. help

  • Hector Sanchez

    i am using a broadband connection portable usb modem, and i’ve been trying different programs to create an access point from the laptop, but nothing has worked so far, and when i go to the virtual access point page, the “turn on soft AP” button is disabled and i can’t click it, i was trying to create an access point named “Sanchez-Net” with password “lucky123″ i am starting to think that you can’t create an access point using a portable usb modem

  • Pradeep Chauhan

    yes, it is very simple. Try this updated blog for windows 7os: http://goo.gl/KxXAk8