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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.
 
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I installed Connectify for using my ethernet to my android
phone, but it is not working. I shared my ethernet to name of
connectify. Some I-phone is connected but android phone is not been
connected. It shows some authentication problem. please help me as soon
as possible.
YaseenA213 days ago

it works man thank you. nice posting.

VivekP11 month ago
It worked well for the first time. But next time it dont share internet anymore .....what to do? Pls help and thanks in advance
ÊmmáS82 months ago
HARSHDEEPS5 months ago

its working fine but how to disable it

to turn it off u can do it by
netsh wlan stop hostednetwork
and to check its running status you can do
netsh wlan show hostednetwork

Michaeli43 months ago

It writes "The hosted network couldn't be started.
The group or resource is not in the correct state to perform the requested operation." when I type into PoweShell "netsh wlan start hostednetwrok" & don't shows "Wireless Network Connection 2" (((( What can I do?

totofaz3 months ago

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.

Any idea what to do ?

Thanks

totofaz3 months ago

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.

Any idea what to do ?

Thanks

totofaz3 months ago

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.

Any idea what to do ?

Thanks

totofaz3 months ago
asifmohtesham made it!4 months ago

Works as it should and splendid. Thank you so much. :-)

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ChiragJ15 months ago

hey man i did as u told n in the 3rd step i typed netsh wlan start hostednetwork

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

xReinaSan5 months ago

i did like u said but it didnt work >_< help!

First check whether your wi-fi adopter supports hosted network or not. Not all adopters support hosted network . use "netsh wlan show drivers" and check for "hosted network supported: yes"

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

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/241584 hears a fix

elango19637 months ago

I did the method for more than 100 times....NO USE...:-((

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..:-))

Hi elango1963,

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...

2. In the command prompt type this: netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid="YOUR DESIRED NAME " key="YOUR DESIRED PASSWORD"

and press ENTER.

3. Next type this to start your hotspot prog. : netsh wlan start hostednetwork, and press ENTER.

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 "hotspot" and click OK.

that's it!!!! your friend's laptop can connect in your pc for you have created a HOTSPOT :)

I hope you will admire...HAPPY VALENTINES TO Feb. 14, 2015 <3

Hi elango1963,

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...

2. In the command prompt type this: netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid="YOUR DESIRED NAME " key="YOUR DESIRED PASSWORD"

and press ENTER.

3. Next type this to start your hotspot prog. : netsh wlan start hostednetwork, and press ENTER.

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 "hotspot" and click OK.

that's it!!!! your friend's laptop can connect in your pc for you have created a HOTSPOT :)

I hope you will admire...HAPPY VALENTINES TO Feb. 14, 2015 <3

Hi elango1963,

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...

2. In the command prompt type this: netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid="YOUR DESIRED NAME " key="YOUR DESIRED PASSWORD"

and press ENTER.

3. Next type this to start your hotspot prog. : netsh wlan start hostednetwork, and press ENTER.

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 "hotspot" and click OK.

that's it!!!! your friend's laptop can connect in your pc for you have created a HOTSPOT :)

I hope you will admire...HAPPY VALENTINES TO Feb. 14, 2015 <3

Hi elango1963,

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...

2. In the command prompt type this: netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid="YOUR DESIRED NAME " key="YOUR DESIRED PASSWORD"

and press ENTER.

3. Next type this to start your hotspot prog. : netsh wlan start hostednetwork, and press ENTER.

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 "hotspot" and click OK.

that's it!!!! your friend's laptop can connect in your pc for you have created a HOTSPOT :)

I hope you will admire...HAPPY VALENTINES TO Feb. 14, 2015 <3

Hi elango1963,

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...

2. In the command prompt type this: netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid="YOUR DESIRED NAME " key="YOUR DESIRED PASSWORD"

and press ENTER.

3. Next type this to start your hotspot prog. : netsh wlan start hostednetwork, and press ENTER.

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 "hotspot" and click OK.

that's it!!!! your friend's laptop can connect in your pc for you have created a HOTSPOT :)

I hope you will admire...HAPPY VALENTINES TO Feb. 14, 2015 <3

cssmaniaa7 months ago

Waaaoo.. I love you man. It worked. :)

thanks a lot :)

PapyR7 months ago

Totally Worked for me!

This awesome tutorial fixed the *last unresolved issue* with my Bootcamp installation of Win7.

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!

My connections continues to say obtaining IP address... and wont connect... any advise?

MariamA8 months ago

Don't have LAN so did it via my wireless connection and it worked perfectly!

sivap8 months ago

i followed ur three steps to connect to wifi hotspot but it is appearing as a device is not functioning

FadilD8 months ago

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.

very nice..thanks a lot

very nice..thanks a lot

bitla.shri8 months ago

i have problem with microsoft virtual wifi miniport adapter it shows yellow mark in device manager can you plz help me to fix the driver.

RajeshJ48 months ago

I made my wifi hotspot but by mistake i clicked on the disable key..!!! I wasn't able to access..! I tried to make a new wifi hotspot but it's not starting up.! What shall i do now..??

Tushar KantiD9 months ago

I am able to setup the adapter, but not getting any sharing option in the adapter properties. Please help.

priyeshk9 months ago

other way, can you can me how to connect my Net pack from Nokia 5130 XPressMusic to Micromax Canvas Nitro A310 directly over bluetooth

Thanks for any help *_*

priyeshk9 months ago

Good article......
but i m having a problem with it,

As you selected "Microsoft Virtual WiFi Miniport Adapter" in Drop down box "Home networking connection" labeled "Select a private network connection" , i couldn't find that option

I m getting only two options WiFi and Ethernet, but i have connection : Nokia 5130 XPressMusic USB Modem (OTA)

Please help

KalyaniP9 months ago

i could successfully create wifi.. nd while trying to connect my mobile to the wifi...it gets stuck to 'obtaining ip....' and couldn't get the connection ...help..thanks in advance :)

tromeccca9 months ago

Hi ! Really nice tutorial !
But still i got a problem. I followed properly each step but when i log into the wifi hotspot i created, it does log in but it says no internet connection. (But on my computer the ethernet connection works really well).

Thx

Doesn't know how but after i retried the protocol it started working, and now works perfectly ! Thx !

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