How to Create a Free Virtual Wifi Hotspot on Your Laptop

Two Methods:Via Third Party SoftwareVia Command Prompt

Suppose a group of people get together in a meeting room or at a boring party with only one network connection there and no wireless routers in sight. If you happen to have a laptop and you know how to create a virtual WiFi hotspot on it, then everybody's WI-Fi-enabled devices can connect to the Internet and do whatever they want to do. Here is a solution for you to turn your laptop into a virtual WiFi hotspot.

Method 1
Via Third Party Software

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    Make sure you have a laptop or a computer with wireless adapter, the Internet connection to laptop could be wired or wireless.
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    Go download a software to help create the hotspot. Virtual Wifi Hotspot is recommended, as it's free and it works on Windows XP, Vista, 2008, 7 and 8.
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    Install the software as suggested and launch it.
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    Select a security connected mode. AdHoc-OPEN means other devices don't need password to connect to the hotspot you created; AdHoc-WEP only allows connection with password.
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    Click "Start Hotspot" and then the virtual WiFi hotspot created.
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    Get other devices like laptop, smartphone, iPhone, iPod Touch, PDA, Wii, NDS etc. connected to this hotspot you just created.
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    Share the free Internet connection with your family, friends or co-workers in places like home, meeting rooms, hotels, coffee shops, campus etc.

Method 2
Via Command Prompt

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    Go to command prompt and select run as administrator.
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    Create the hosted network. Write the command code - netsh wlan set hostednetwork.
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    Start the hostednetwork. Write this command netsh wlan start hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=name key=password.
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    Note: Instead of "name" after "ssid=" set your network name and instead of "password" after "key=" set your password to have a secure network
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    Access it on any Wi-Fi capable device under the network name "hostednetwork". To share your internet connection on this hotspot go to the Network and sharing center and click on Change adapter setting. Here right click on the Connection that you use to connect to internet and select properties. In properties go to Sharing tab and check the box "Allow other network users to connect through this computer's internet connection and select the network connection name that is used by your hotspot.(For this check the Network Connection Window and look for Connection which says Microsoft Hosted Network Virtual Adapter). And save it. Now your internet connection is shared.

Tips

  • Devices connecting to the created hotspot should be Wi-Fi enabled and remember to turn on the Wi-Fi to search for the hotspot.

Things You'll Need

  • A laptop
  • Virtual Wifi Hotspot software, or related tool.

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