Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Creating a Virtual Wifi Connection in Windows 7 and Windows 8

It's always useful to create your own wifi in windows be it you have a wifi dongle spare on a desktop pc with a LAN connection already or you want to boost your wifi signal from your laptop to your smaller devices because your laptop wifi signal is stronger.

In Windows 7 and Windows 8 i know it successfully works.

Open Command Prompt as an Administrator Preferably

To do this you need to find command prompt either in

C:/Windows/system32 - and look for cmd (Black Icon)

Or Start - All Programs - Accessories - Command Prompt

(To run as administrator Right Click the Icon and click Run As Administrator)

Or in windows 8

Press Windows Key + X to get the power user menu


Once the cmd window has opened the fun begins.

You should get a screen like this


Once that has loaded you need to type in the following

netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid="MySSID" key="Mykey" keyUsage=persistent

The 2 parts highlighted are what need to be changed.

MySSID -  This Is what your network will be called make a note as this is what your looking for when connecting your devices.

MyKey – This will be your password for demo purposes i will set my to 1 – 9 but you should make it more random.

Press Enter once completely written out.

This is how your should like but with different SSID and Key


Check the new virtual wifi adaptor

Go to your Device Manager and check if you see a "Microsoft Virtual Wifi Miniport Adaptor" when expand the network adaptors.

If you check your wireless network cards in your network and sharing center you´ll see a second wireless network connection.


Now all you have to do is start the Virtual Wifi

Go back to the command prompt window and type in:

netsh wlan start hostednetwork

and press enter

You Should get this


Thats your wifi network created you can now search for it on your wifi enabled devices.

Thanks For Reading

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