How To Create a Virtual WiFi Network on Windows 7

Posted on July 12, 2012 by Nikhil P Naik

The new recent feature of Microsoft Windows 7 allows you to share your internet connection with several other Wireless enabled device users. This feature allows you to create your own hotspot network and help people around you to access your internet connection through by offering virtual router services from you own computer system.

There are different softwares launched on the internet which are designed for people to gain full advantage of this new windows feature. Many of them are free of charge but they come with a range of problemsrelated to connectivity issues, while others have a cost attached to them. Many people are not aware that there exists a very simple way through which one can easily create their own hotspot network and allows others to access your internet from one single source.

Virtual Wifi on Windows 7

Command Prompt is a built-in program found in all windows operating system. In windows 7, one can use this command program to set up their own Wi-Fi network (hotspot network) through their computer in a few simple steps.

Step 1: Open Command Prompt

For users of windows 7, first click on ‘start menu‘ icon. After this, type the term ‘cmd’ in the search box to find the program. CMD is a short form for the command prompt program. This program is also found in all programs folder of the start menu. However, to quickly access it, search box in start menu is a more viable option. Refer to this Screenshot.

Step 2: Establishing the Virtual Router Connection

After you open command prompt, a set of command options have to be typed in to establish the network. Remember! Command prompt does not recognize simple English language commands. Instead, proper computer terms have to be entered to establish the connection.

Here is the command prompt which should be used to initially set up the connection.

Netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=MyNetwork key=MyKey


These command prompts represent formulating the following options which are a part of access the network connection.

1.       Netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow

This option is commanding the system to activate the virtual Wi-Fi connection. This will enable the virtual wireless connection of the computer.

2.       SSID=MyNetwork

This option is commanding the system to broadcast the network name with MyNetwork. The phrase MyNetwork can be replaced with any other name which suits a certain person i.e. JamesNet, AlexHostedNetwork etc.

3.       Key=MyKey

Similar to the SSID command, this option enables you to define your own security key for the network. This key has to Alpha numeric.

4.       KeyUsage

This option should only be used in case one needs to use the same setting set over and over again. If you only plan on using this internet connection once, then you are not required to enter this option at all.

Step 3: Activating the Connection

Once the connection settings are established, there is separate command prompt required to activate the connection. Go back to the command box and enter the following:

netsh wlan start hostednetwork

After entering this command prompt, the virtual network will be activated.

Step 4: Sharing the Internet Connection

After the virtual network has been activated, the main internet connection has to be shared with the hosted network in order to let other hosted network users to access the internet. For this, right click on the main network connection and open properties. In properties option, click on the sharing tab and from those options, choose the wireless connection which is virtually hosting the established Wi-Fi network.

After successfully completely all these steps, a user will be able to successfully share his or her internet with other users through the established network.

In some cases, other users will have to assign a static IP manually to access the network. This normally is the case with Smartphone users.

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About Nikhil P Naik

Nikhil Naik has a Master's Degree in Information Systems, and is currently working as a Software Engineer at Microsoft. He also loves playing cricket, listening to music, and traveling. Twitter Handle - @buzz_nikhil.

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