Monday, 5 December 2011

How To Enable Virtual Wi-Fi on Windows 7

Window 7 comes with an attractive capability of converting your laptop or PC into a Wi-Fi hotspot. But there are some problems that are associated with its implementation.
Assuming that your wireless card supports this functionality and all the necessary drivers have been installed on your system, another icon will appear in the network connection by the name of “Wireless Network Connection 2, Microsoft Virtual Wi-Fi Miniport adapter”.

The main problem is that you cannot configure it as you perform in the GUI mode on the other connections. Thus you have to use a command line in order to use it.

Follow the steps written below and it works!

Network Connections

Command Prompt
  1. Launch the command prompt as an administrator.
  2. Type the command as C:\Windows\system32>netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=MYWIFI key=passwrd
  3. Replace MYWIFI with the desired name that you want and repeat this step for passwrd also.
  4. The output should be similar to the following.
  5. The hosted network mode has been set to allow.
  6. The SSID of the hosted network has been successfully changed.
  7. The user key passphrase of the hosted network has been successfully changed.
  8. To start the network type the command as “C:\Windows\system32>netsh wlan start hostednetwork”. The output should be similar to the following
    The hosted network started
  9. The network has been started and can be shared among multiple devices.
Source Author:: Dan Jaslanek  IT professional

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