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How To Turn Your Windows 7 Laptop Into Wireless Access Point Router

How To Turn Your Windows 7 Laptop Into Wireless Access Point Router

Go to website http://www.virtualaccesspoint.com and follow steps below (requires Java). This website automates the command line process needed to create a virtual access point in Windows 7.

  1. Enter SSID
  2. Enter key
  3. Click “Turn On Soft AP” Button.
  4. Configure Internet Connection Sharing (ICS)

Using Windows 7 Virtual Access Point WiFi

Turning a Windows 7 laptop into an access point is possible because of a new Microsoft feature called “hosted network”.

The wireless Hosted Network is a new WLAN feature supported on Windows 7 and on Windows Server 2008 R2 with the Wireless LAN Service installed. This feature implements two major functions:

* The virtualization of a physical wireless adapter into more than one virtual wireless adapter sometimes referred to as Virtual WiFi.
* A software-based wireless access point (AP) sometimes referred to as a SoftAP that uses a designated virtual wireless adapter.

These two functions coexist in a Windows system together. Enabling or disabling the wireless Hosted Network enables or disables both virtual WiFi and SoftAP. It is not possible to enable or disable these two
functions separately in Windows.

With this feature, a Windows computer can use a single physical wireless adapter to connect as a client to a hardware access point (AP), while at the same time acting as a software AP allowing other wireless-capable devices to connect to it. This feature requires that a Hosted Network capable wireless adapter is installed in the local computer. The driver for the wireless adapter must implement the wireless LAN device driver model defined by Microsoft for use on Windows 7. To receive the Windows 7 logo, a wireless driver must implement the wireless Hosted Network feature. [source]

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