WiFi Soft AP - Virtual AP-Virtual Router - Windows 7 for internet sharing like wireless hotspot

hello all want to turn your laptop to a WiFi hotpsot. you can call it like Software AP, Soft AP, Virtual Access Point(VAP), virtual router. From Windows 7 onwards we can turn the WiFi adapter in the laptop or PC to work like an Access Point. So after turning on this feature your laptop/PC will act as an WiFi Access Point so that laptop/PC with wifi adapter can connect to it for browsing or you can do normal PC connectivity for data sharing

For this we need to configure the settings using netsh using administrator privilege and enable the internet connection for the interface which u want to share.

Follow the below steps to achieve it

1) Select the  network interface properties , say if you want to share the data card , select as shown below
2) Go to the Sharing tab and in the Internet Connection Sharing

check the checkbox Allow other network users to connect through this computers Internet connection as shown in the below figure

3) Now open the command prompt in administrator privilege, For this you can right click on the command prompt in the start menu right click on it and press Run as administrator

4) Now in the command prompt type the below two commands
netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=test key=password
netsh wlan start hostednetwork

You can see the output for the commands typed

After this, you laptop/PC is ready as an WiFi Access Point (AP), and others can connect to it for internet browsing or transferring data between the computers


  1. Connection is created. But when I tried to connect my mobile, "Couldn't connect to Wifi nect work since there is no response from the server". Any solution

  2. Got it working earlier in Win7. But lost after installing Win8.

  3. Just change to order.
    1. Start hosted network
    2. Share internet connection. Shows the new network in a combo while sharing.


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