Turn your Windows 7 laptop into a Wi-Fi Hotspot

maqk® by MolviDSLR Khan | 1:23 AM

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Well I just bought an android phone, my friend and office colleague Zohaib Khalid sold me his Huawei IDEOS U8150 on installments, thank you once again dear friend. But this just started once again a AppUseAndDeveloo\p battle in me after I waited for almost an year on the Samsung B3410 dumb touch phone :(

Well, WAR i wrote cause these days, i m really low at spending ( will write abt it some time later in life when it gets more relevant :) ) and so i just was not able to spend on the expensive GPRS by zong. So i needed a wifi device, and the best was costing 7K PKR (some 82 US$, too much for me MAN ). This is what initiated a new mission type thing, how to save money. I knew my DELL 1555 was wifi enabled, and as a default I thought I can host a wifi connection as well. But this was not true, I did crazy thing under network and sharing center (using windows 7) and nothing gave fruits cause i never knew.

Untill another of my office colleague Nabeel Faruqui told me about Virtual Router (http://virtualrouter.codeplex.com/)

Review interested people read from here
It works for sure, my android is just connected to this Virtual Router powered internet connection shared wifi
netwok. It is super but just need to provide more help to end user.

My exprience is awesome, but with one hickup. First I need to tell a brief abt my hardware and setup, so here we go;

  • DELL 15 Studio (1555)
  • Windows 7 Ultimate,
  • Inter WiFi Link 5100 AGN (wifi device)

You just download the setup, run it, it would install an application, restart the pc, you get a Virtual Router Manager v 0.9 beta sitting in your system tray with 2 textboxes and a drop down asking to enter connection parameters and a button as well saying 'Start Virtual Router'. And at this point, u must be thinking that by selecting my internet connection in the drop down and hitting the start bittin, i will get connected, but thats where u get the ONLY BIG BLOW in this software. Actually it would end all your hopes by just saying 'Virtual Router can not be started'.

Too bad it does not say anything more than that. It should be more meaningfull to find atleast what went wrong, it really misguides an end user here. However that said, it does not mean it just cant or wont work, this is why i started by saying 'IT WORKS, NOT FAKE.'

But u have to be a bit techy to experiment. You have to do a bit more than just hitting the start button. Since it is asking a wireless network to share as a wifi hotspot, it would require one, and your Internet connection is not the wireless connection u r connected to which can be used here, perhaps the internet connection can ONLY be shared on a pc to pc or a local LAN WAN type connection which u need to provide to the Virtual Router.
I solved it easily by

  • going in the Network and Sharing Center,
  • Clicking the 'Setup a new connection or network', first choice under 'Change you networking settings'
  • This opens a popup window, select the last choice saying 'Setup a wireless ad hoc (computer to computer)'
  • This would bring the next window with the heading 'Setup a wireless ad hoc (computer to computer)', just press next
  • Would ask your wireless network connection parameters like Network name, security type and security key (password), enter these details as you require and hit next
  • A new window saying the 'your entered network name' network is ready to use.
  • Click close, This step actually has created a new virtual wireless connection under your device manager with the name 'Microsoft Virtual wifi Miniport Adapter'.

With all these details, my point actually is the above 5-6 steps are to be repeated each time you have to start the virtual router which is quite annoying. And not every end user can do it. Plus to this issue, no help whatsoever given to direct or walkthrough for endusers which is not good, if a person like me write a few lines in 20 minutes, then the team should provide more hepl I believe.

That said, Virtual Router is a gr8 thing, for me it is heaven cause it saved my 7K PKR rupees (just 82.something US$ :) ) to buy a wifi router and now i enjoy 36 MbPS wifi link on my Android. Dear tea, just increase the help and walkthrough, of course my review is not dead precise, i might have missed details im my points, i just want to help.

Some screenshots are atatched to easi-fi your wifi setup xp ;)


khan said...

man you did a fantastic job.....
you know i was just wondering that f i could use wifi from my laptop into my blackberry...and i searched the google and ended up with a successful job...thanx alot dear...
brother i have blackberry storm 2...can i use its wife to be searched by my lapatop same way the virtualrouter do and use internet on my laptop wherever it is needed....
or just the tethering procedure if you can guide me that will be a big favor from you...

raushan said...

hey bro..the steps are not clear so,can help me and clearify the steps plzzz...

raushan said...

after 'Setting a new connection or network' from Network and Sharing Center what we have to do?

Maqk said...

sorry every 1, but amazingly no email was dropped at your comments, which took me so long to realize that publix is on the door. I am sorry to disappoint you people.

Currently at home, will try to answer your queries, so please keep patience. I wish you have subscribed so that you DO get an email at my comments update :D جزاك اللهُ خيراً‎

Maqk said...

@Raushan: after that step, a dialup connection wizard starts that requires all the ISP authentication details like number to dial, user id, password etc, u may provide a custom name to this dialup connection to identify it later on.

Provide these details and check your network adapter locations (Open Network & Sharing Centre --> Change adapter settings ). enable ICS (Internet connection sharing) and make sure to connect to your ISP through this, the Virtual Router will now detect this connection if active and then you will be able to start it.

For details, u can email me all your scenario and I would love to help you

Maqk said...

@Khan: For your scenario, yoiu need to have a blackberry version of VirtualRouter which i m afraid is not available for blackberry OS / platform.

Contact Virtual Router team for further details :D

Anonymous said...

Hi there, i have a question: at home, my parents have a HP laptop connected to the internet through DSL, could i use this software to share their internet? I tried connectify a few hours ago, and it made impossible connecting their computer to the internet... Thank you

Maqk said...

Jacquille, thanks for visiting the blog first of all.

Secondly, you need to have a wifi enabled laptop. If you can provide the model no. etc, it would be more easy for me to tell :D...

If your parent's machine is wifi enabled, and if the wifi device is supported by VirtualRouter (supported devices: http://virtualrouter.codeplex.com/wikipage?title=Supported%20Devices&referringTitle=Documentation) then I am pretty sure you can set it up :)

Abdul Hannan said...

I also got the same problem but what ever u have written i did it but again the problem in my pc is that is not able to create a new virtual wireless connection, as u have indicated in the first image. which has made me really confused. Please help me that i could solve my problem.

Abdul Qadir Khan said...

السلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركاته Abdul Hannan

brother, you will have to be more precise in explaining your problem first. Also provide your hardware details, I would love to help if I could but one of the problem is I am not using Virtual Router any more :)

Abdul Hannan said...

w salaam
pc details:
Dell studio 1555
windows 7 home premium (64 bit)
Intel(R) WiFi Link 5100 AGN (wifi device)

I am using lane internet connection
and i want to shear my lane net to my Android phone through wifi.

The problem with my pc is that its not able to create a virtual wireless connection, means is not able to work as a router.
i have tried with different software but the problem is not able to work so.
and about the virtual router manager i did all the above procedure that u have explained above.
Most important:(please don't forget us in your prayers)

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