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Hello

This is my first Instructable so all constructive critiscm is welcome.

In this Instructable I will be showing you how to set up your own wireless access point using Windows 7's "Virtual WiFi Miniport Adapter" .You will need a pre-existing wired (ethernet) internet connection to set up the wireless hotspot.

Some of you may now be wondering "Why would I want to set up a wireless hotspot when my laptop is already connected to the internet?"

OK just imagine this situation:

Just say you were staying at a hotel on a business trip and the hotel offered free internet access via ethernet (not wireless). If you wanted to connect an Ipad or similar device, you would need to either set up your own router (and come on, how many of you honestly can say they would bring a router with you on business trips?) OR you could follow this guide and setup your own wireless access point, thereby making the connection available to any WiFi capable device.

A Network Interface Card is a card used by your computer or laptop to communicate over a network. There are multiple types of NIC cards that connect to different technologys such as Ethernet or Wireless. Most laptops only have one NIC (Network Interface Card). This lack of multiple Network Interface Cards makes it impossible for a user to have an internet connection whilst sharing a hotspot. Thankfully due to virtualisation, you can "split" your NIC into "two" hardware and while one is connected to the internet, the other can be sharing this internet connection with your other WiFi capable devices.

Anyway enough information, lets get to the instructable.

Step 1: Step 1: Enabling the Microsoft Virtual WiFi Miniport Adapter.

This step will guide you through enabling the "Microsoft Virtual WiFi Miniport Adapter": From my knowledge the "Microsoft Virtual WiFi Miniport Adapter" is not compatible with all wireless cards but if it yours is compatible, and you follow my guide, it will work.

To enable the Virtual adapter open the "Run" dialogue ("Windows key"+ "R")

Then open the Command Prompt (type in "cmd" and click "Enter")

Once CMD is open type in the following command:

netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=Hotspot key=Password keyUsage=persistent

Where "Hotspot" is the SSID (the name of your connection) and "Password" is the password locking the connection.

Once this is done, you have enabled the Microsoft Virtual WiFi Miniport Adapter!
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<p>Hey all,I have installed the a wifi hotspot on my pc windows 7 but when I start it ,the error message come said&quot;Can not create the Microsoft virtual wifi miniport adapter&quot;,Help me </p>
<p>Thank you for your instruction. My friend said it worked. But I downloaded <a href="http://www.drivethelife.com/free-wifi-hotspot-creator.html" rel="nofollow">OSToto Hotspot</a> for my Windows 10, which could allow me to blacklist and cancel it anywhere any time. I really enjoy the security. </p>
<p>I didn't hear about OSToto Hotspot, I used <a href="http://www.connectify.me/" rel="nofollow">Connectify</a> before. Thanks a lot for your link. Seems like OSToto is much better for me. Good luck :-)</p>
<p>bro better instruct with images like here</p><p>http://www.techtweetz.com/how-to-create-wifi-hotspot-on-windows-7-8-1-10/</p>
<p>why it is working only 2 to 3 mintues.. </p>
<p>it's working only for 2 or 3 minutes . please help me for this problem.</p>
<p>worked for me thx</p>
<div>I installed Connectify for using my ethernet to my android <br>phone, but it is not working. I shared my ethernet to name of <br>connectify. Some I-phone is connected but android phone is not been <br>connected. It shows some authentication problem. please help me as soon <br>as possible.</div>
<p>it works man thank you. nice posting.</p>
It worked well for the first time. But next time it dont share internet anymore .....what to do? Pls help and thanks in advance<br>
<p>its working fine but how to disable it </p>
<p>to turn it off u can do it by<br>netsh wlan stop hostednetwork<br>and to check its running status you can do<br>netsh wlan show hostednetwork</p>
<p>It writes &quot;The hosted network couldn't be started.<br>The group or resource is not in the correct state to perform the requested operation.&quot; when I type into PoweShell &quot;netsh wlan start hostednetwrok&quot; &amp; don't shows &quot;Wireless Network Connection 2&quot; (((( What can I do?</p>
<p>I have a problem when I want to turn on the acces point, after I tipe netsh wlan start hostednetwork in cmd it says : The hosted network couldn't be started. The group or resource is not in the correct state to perform the requested operation. </p><p>Any idea what to do ? </p><p>Thanks</p>
<p>I have a problem when I want to turn on the acces point, after I tipe netsh wlan start hostednetwork in cmd it says : The hosted network couldn't be started. The group or resource is not in the correct state to perform the requested operation.</p><p>Any idea what to do ? </p><p>Thanks</p>
<p>I have a problem when I want to turn on the acces point, after I tipe netsh wlan start hostednetwork in cmd it says : The hosted network couldn't be started. The group or resource is not in the correct state to perform the requested operation.</p><p>Any idea what to do ? </p><p>Thanks</p>
<p>Works as it should and splendid. Thank you so much. :-)</p>
<p>hey man i did as u told n in the 3rd step i typed netsh wlan start hostednetwork</p><p>but then when i press enter an error comes - the hosted network couldn't be started. A device attached to the system is not functioning. What does this mean? What do I do? Pls rply ASAP</p>
<p>i did like u said but it didnt work &gt;_&lt; help!</p>
<p>First check whether your wi-fi adopter supports hosted network or not. Not all adopters support hosted network . use &quot;netsh wlan show drivers&quot; and check for &quot;hosted network supported: yes&quot; </p>
<p>im successfully creat the hotspot network.....but im unable to share it with my network.....its says error1058 the service cannot be started either because it is disable or because it has no enable device associated with it......then i search for the service n enable the service but still not wrking....same msg error.........is coming</p>
<p>http://support.microsoft.com/kb/241584 hears a fix </p>
<p>I did the method for more than 100 times....NO USE...:-((</p><p>Guys who made it possible may explain what devices they used...or what is the usb wifi adapter they used to connect the wifi enabled devices...for help..:-))</p>
<p>Hi elango1963,</p><p>I had a method that would helped your problem...as maybe, if you want to share your internet connection you should to be a HOTSPOT server :) to start follow these short steps: 1. Go to start search program type CMD, when you find it just right click on it and RUN AS ADMINISTRATOR...</p><p> 2. In the command prompt type this: netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=&quot;YOUR DESIRED NAME &quot; key=&quot;YOUR DESIRED PASSWORD&quot;</p><p>and press ENTER.</p><p> 3. Next type this to start your hotspot prog. : netsh wlan start hostednetwork, and press ENTER.</p><p> 4. NOW YOUR DONE!!!!! go to CONTROL PANEL-network and internet-NETWORK SHARING CENTER and click the CHANGE ADAPTER SETTINGS and look for your ACTIVE INTERNET example: BROADBAND/ wifi then right click on it then CLICK PROPERTIES select the tab SHARING in the Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) select allow network user...... and on the HOME NETWORKING CONNECTION select your CREATED &quot;hotspot&quot; and click OK.</p><p>that's it!!!! your friend's laptop can connect in your pc for you have created a HOTSPOT :) </p><p>I hope you will admire...HAPPY VALENTINES TO Feb. 14, 2015 &lt;3</p>
<p>Hi elango1963,</p><p>I had a method that would helped your problem...as maybe, if you want to share your internet connection you should to be a HOTSPOT server :) to start follow these short steps: 1. Go to start search program type CMD, when you find it just right click on it and RUN AS ADMINISTRATOR...</p><p> 2. In the command prompt type this: netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=&quot;YOUR DESIRED NAME &quot; key=&quot;YOUR DESIRED PASSWORD&quot;</p><p>and press ENTER.</p><p> 3. Next type this to start your hotspot prog. : netsh wlan start hostednetwork, and press ENTER.</p><p> 4. NOW YOUR DONE!!!!! go to CONTROL PANEL-network and internet-NETWORK SHARING CENTER and click the CHANGE ADAPTER SETTINGS and look for your ACTIVE INTERNET example: BROADBAND/ wifi then right click on it then CLICK PROPERTIES select the tab SHARING in the Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) select allow network user...... and on the HOME NETWORKING CONNECTION select your CREATED &quot;hotspot&quot; and click OK.</p><p>that's it!!!! your friend's laptop can connect in your pc for you have created a HOTSPOT :) </p><p>I hope you will admire...HAPPY VALENTINES TO Feb. 14, 2015 &lt;3</p>
<p>Hi elango1963,</p><p>I had a method that would helped your problem...as maybe, if you want to share your internet connection you should to be a HOTSPOT server :) to start follow these short steps: 1. Go to start search program type CMD, when you find it just right click on it and RUN AS ADMINISTRATOR...</p><p> 2. In the command prompt type this: netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=&quot;YOUR DESIRED NAME &quot; key=&quot;YOUR DESIRED PASSWORD&quot;</p><p>and press ENTER.</p><p> 3. Next type this to start your hotspot prog. : netsh wlan start hostednetwork, and press ENTER.</p><p> 4. NOW YOUR DONE!!!!! go to CONTROL PANEL-network and internet-NETWORK SHARING CENTER and click the CHANGE ADAPTER SETTINGS and look for your ACTIVE INTERNET example: BROADBAND/ wifi then right click on it then CLICK PROPERTIES select the tab SHARING in the Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) select allow network user...... and on the HOME NETWORKING CONNECTION select your CREATED &quot;hotspot&quot; and click OK.</p><p>that's it!!!! your friend's laptop can connect in your pc for you have created a HOTSPOT :) </p><p>I hope you will admire...HAPPY VALENTINES TO Feb. 14, 2015 &lt;3</p>
<p>Hi elango1963,</p><p>I had a method that would helped your problem...as maybe, if you want to share your internet connection you should to be a HOTSPOT server :) to start follow these short steps: 1. Go to start search program type CMD, when you find it just right click on it and RUN AS ADMINISTRATOR...</p><p> 2. In the command prompt type this: netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=&quot;YOUR DESIRED NAME &quot; key=&quot;YOUR DESIRED PASSWORD&quot;</p><p>and press ENTER.</p><p> 3. Next type this to start your hotspot prog. : netsh wlan start hostednetwork, and press ENTER.</p><p> 4. NOW YOUR DONE!!!!! go to CONTROL PANEL-network and internet-NETWORK SHARING CENTER and click the CHANGE ADAPTER SETTINGS and look for your ACTIVE INTERNET example: BROADBAND/ wifi then right click on it then CLICK PROPERTIES select the tab SHARING in the Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) select allow network user...... and on the HOME NETWORKING CONNECTION select your CREATED &quot;hotspot&quot; and click OK.</p><p>that's it!!!! your friend's laptop can connect in your pc for you have created a HOTSPOT :) </p><p>I hope you will admire...HAPPY VALENTINES TO Feb. 14, 2015 &lt;3</p>
<p>Hi elango1963,</p><p>I had a method that would helped your problem...as maybe, if you want to share your internet connection you should to be a HOTSPOT server :) to start follow these short steps: 1. Go to start search program type CMD, when you find it just right click on it and RUN AS ADMINISTRATOR...</p><p> 2. In the command prompt type this: netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=&quot;YOUR DESIRED NAME &quot; key=&quot;YOUR DESIRED PASSWORD&quot;</p><p>and press ENTER.</p><p> 3. Next type this to start your hotspot prog. : netsh wlan start hostednetwork, and press ENTER.</p><p> 4. NOW YOUR DONE!!!!! go to CONTROL PANEL-network and internet-NETWORK SHARING CENTER and click the CHANGE ADAPTER SETTINGS and look for your ACTIVE INTERNET example: BROADBAND/ wifi then right click on it then CLICK PROPERTIES select the tab SHARING in the Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) select allow network user...... and on the HOME NETWORKING CONNECTION select your CREATED &quot;hotspot&quot; and click OK.</p><p>that's it!!!! your friend's laptop can connect in your pc for you have created a HOTSPOT :) </p><p>I hope you will admire...HAPPY VALENTINES TO Feb. 14, 2015 &lt;3</p>
<p>Waaaoo.. I love you man. It worked. :)</p>
<p>thanks a lot :)</p>
<p>Totally Worked for me! </p><p>This awesome tutorial fixed the *last unresolved issue* with my Bootcamp installation of Win7.</p><p>I finally can use my Macbook as a Hotspot whether I am running OSX or Win7, pshhhhhh took me almost 6 month to find this tip!</p>
<p>My connections continues to say obtaining IP address... and wont connect... any advise?</p>
<p>Don't have LAN so did it via my wireless connection and it worked perfectly!</p>
<p>i followed ur three steps to connect to wifi hotspot but it is appearing as a device is not functioning</p>
<p>hello, i did the whole proccess but now i cant connect any devices to my hotspot. it stops at requiering IP adress and it just wont connect... help please.</p>
<p>very nice..thanks a lot</p>
<p>very nice..thanks a lot</p>