Share Internet over WiFi in Windows 7

by Karthik on November 11, 2009 · 9 comments

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Windows 7 has come with many new features that are under the hood. One such feature is the native support to create Wireless Ad Hoc Networks. While the built in functionality of Windows7 does not allow you to share your internet connection over the Wireless network you create, third party tools like the very popular Connectify make this task easier and more secure.

But the one thing that I didn’t like about Connectify is its interface. It just doesn’t blend with the interface of Windows7. Have a look at the screenshot below that shows Connectify in action :

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What Connectify does is create a Virtual WiFi connection that anyone can connect to, just as it were a access point. Today I came across another app called Virtual Router that does the same job, but albeit in a much more intuitive way.

To start just install the app and fire it up. Enter the name for the network, a password and choose the connection you want to share and just hit start Virtual Router. And moments later you should have an active Wireless network you can share.

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Virtual Router is Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 only, because only they have the new built in Wireless Hosted Network(a.k.a Virtual WiFi) technology. It uses WPA2 Encryption for ensuring security and this encryption cannot be turned off.

How is Virtual WiFi different from Ad-Hoc? Ad-Hoc is best suitable if you are connecting two computers and can be used to share files, while tools such as Connectify and Virtual Router allow you to share the internet connection with multiple number of computers.

Sidenote : Mac OS.X has had this feature built in for many years now.

Download Virtual Router [Microsoft CodePlex] | Image Credit : Roger Bits

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

pradeep November 14, 2009 at 3:18 pm

Have you tried!! Whenever i say start virtual router! It does not start. How to use the software any idea

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Karthik Kastury November 14, 2009 at 9:20 pm

You need to have a compatible WiFi router connected to the device from which you are trying to create the Virtual WiFi network :)

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Pradeep Nayak November 15, 2009 at 11:02 am

I have my laptop connected to college wifi, i was trying to share internet connection with a person next to my room! The software did not work:-). My laptop is the latest HP pavillion laptop!!

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connectifypress December 22, 2009 at 4:06 am

Thanks for talking about Connectify. We thought you may want to know that today Connectify 1.0 is now available for free as the first production ready release. We believe that we have fixed all of the issues that were seen in testing. Some older wireless cards do not yet have full Windows 7 support, and for those devices Connectify will act as an Ad Hoc connection manager, instead of a full blown Wi-Fi Access Point.

Thanks again for everyone's support.

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Vv November 7, 2010 at 11:03 pm

Guys, there is Daihinia out on the market. And it delivers a lot more flexibility than Connectify or somilar soft-AP solutions.

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Garystrand18 May 30, 2011 at 5:32 am

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