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How to Set Up a Wireless Hotspot - From Ethernet (Windows 7)

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

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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!

Step 2: Step 2: Configuring the Microsoft Virtual WiFi Miniport Adapter.

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This step will guide you through configuring your newly set-up Microsoft Virtual WiFi Miniport Adapter.

This step will walk you through the process of creating a wireless hotspot using a pre-existing wired (ethernet)  internet connection.

To begin with, if it has not already been done, plug in an ethernet cable into your PC's Ethernet port. Then Navigate to "Network Connections" (From the Network and Sharing Center click on the "Change Adapter Settings" link in the top left hand corner. Enable the virtual adapter, if it is not already enabled, by right clicking on the adapter and pressing enable.  Once you have internet connectivity via the Ethernet cable and the virtual adapter is enabled, right click on the "Local Area Connection" button and click "Properties". Once the dialogue box pops up, click on the "Sharing" tab. From here click the check box labeled "Allow other Network Users to connect through this Computer's Internet Connection". Click on the Drop down box "Home networking connection" labeled "Select a private network connection" and select the Microsoft Virtual WiFi Miniport Adapter which should be labeled "Wireless Network Connection 2". Click "OK" and the "Local Area Connection" button should now say "Shared".

Step 3: Step 3: Starting and Stopping the Wireless hotspot.

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This final step will guide you through starting and stopping the wireless hotspot (access point).

It's time to go back to CMD.

Open a new CMD window ("Windows Key" + "R") and type in the following command:

netsh wlan start hostednetwork

CMD should confirm by saying "The hosted network started."

If you navigate back to the "Network Connections" window, you will notice the Microsoft Virtual WiFi Miniport Adapter should now have your SSID listed with full reception!

Now. To disable (turn off the hotspot), it is best to:

Open a new CMD window ("Windows Key" + "R") and type in the following command:

netsh wlan stop hostednetwork

CMD should confirm by saying "The hosted network stopped."

And thats it! Your wireless hotspot will have started with the SSID (Name) and password you set! Try connecting to it with a different WiFi compatible device.

Thanks for reading and I hoped you learned from this as much as I did.
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VivekP117 days 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
ÊmmáS81 month ago
HARSHDEEPS4 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

Michaeli42 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?

totofaz2 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

totofaz2 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

totofaz2 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

totofaz2 months ago
asifmohtesham made it!3 months ago

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

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ChiragJ13 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

xReinaSan4 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

elango19636 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

cssmaniaa6 months ago

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

thanks a lot :)

PapyR6 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?

MariamA7 months ago

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

sivap7 months ago

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

FadilD7 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.shri7 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.

RajeshJ47 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 KantiD8 months ago

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

priyeshk8 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 *_*

priyeshk8 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

KalyaniP8 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 :)

tromeccca8 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 !

professor7078 months ago

i have intel centrino advanced-N 6200 agn hardware in my dell e6410, I m trying too make my laptop a wifi hotspot to share my wireless brodband internet usb to deliver internet using this hardwar so tha i can use on phone, used mypublicwif software it created a new network connect using some microsoft virtual wifi mini port anmed connected, which tryes to share the connected internet.

once the mobile got connection

i m seeing a bluescreen then restart, can u help me solve this??

MalikF18 months ago

fantastic ! awesome it works! i have been searching it since so long! finally with your instruction its working great! thanks alot!

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