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In my last instructable (http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-SetUp-a-Wireless-Hotspot-Windows-7/) I showed you how to setup a wireless


hotspot using a pre-existing wired internet connection. Some of you may have
wondered if it was possible to setup a wireless hotspot using a pre-existing
wireless internet connection. Well wonder no more because this Instructable will
show you how!
Similar to my last instructable you will need:

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A pre-existing wireless internet connection.


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The benefits of sharing a pre-existing wireless internet connection are


numerous. At my school, some of the laptops have inbulit 3g adapters. This
allows them to connect to the internet using their own 3g internet connection
rather than being restricted to WiFi.
Imagine this situation:
You and a friend are out camping. Due to your geeky needs, you took your
computer to play some games/surf the web etc.. Your laptop has an inbuilt 3g
adapter so you can connect to the internt on the fly. However, your friend is not
as prepared and cannot connect to the internet. What can you do?

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You can't just unpack your router and set it up, because you're camping
remember? So, with only your pre-existing internet connection and a virtual NIC
you will be able to follow this guide and setup your own wireless hotspot.
Disclaimer: Don't actually set this up while you are camping if you want your
battery to last. Running your primary NIC and a virtual NIC will chew through the
battery faster than Shaggy through a packet of Scoobie Snacks!
I don't mean to spam here but I suppose I should repeat the information I gave
in my last instructable (http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-SetUp-a-Wireless-Hotspot-Windows-7/):
A Network Interface Card is a card used by your computer or laptop to
communicate over a network. There are multiple types of NIC cards that connect
to different technologys such as Ethernet or Wireless. Most laptops only have
one NIC (Network Interface Card). This lack of multiple Network Interface Cards
makes it impossible for a user to have an internet connection whilst sharing a
hotspot. Thankfully due to virtualisation, you can "split" your NIC into "two"
pieces of hardware and whilst one is connected to the internet, the other can be
sharing this internet connection with your other WiFi capable devices.

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I've written this instructable assuming that most readers didn't read my first
instructable (http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Set-Up-a-Wireless-HotspotWindows-7/). Therefore, I will repeat all the steps over again:
Anyway enough information, lets get to the instructable.

Step 1: Enabling the Microsoft Virtual WiFi Miniport Adapter.

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This step will guide you through enabling the "Microsoft Virtual WiFi Miniport
Adapter": From my knowledge the "Microsoft Virtual WiFi Miniport Adapter" is
not compatible with all wireless cards but if it yours is compatible, and you follow
my guide, it will work.
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To enable the Virtual adapter open the "Run" dialogue ("Windows key"+ "R")
Then open the Command Prompt (type in "cmd" and click "Enter")

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Once CMD is open type in the following command:


netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=Hotspot key=Password
keyUsage=persistent
Where "Hotspot" is the SSID (the name of your connection) and "Password" is
the password locking the connection.
Once this is done, you have enabled the Microsoft Virtual WiFi Miniport Adapter!

Step 2: Configuring the Microsoft Virtual WiFi Miniport


Adapter.

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This step will guide you through configuring your newly set-up Microsoft Virtual
WiFi Miniport Adapter.
To begin with, if it has not already been done, connect to a Wireless network.
Then navigate to "Network Connections" (from the Network and Sharing Center,
click on the "Change Adapter Settings" link in the top left hand corner.) Enable
the virtual adapter, if this has not already been done, by right clicking on the
adapter and pressing "enable" in the context menu. Once you have internet
connectivity via your primary NIC, and the virtual adapter is enabled, right click
on the "Wireless Network Connection" button and click "Properties". Once the
dialogue box pops up, click on the "Sharing" tab. From here click the check box
labelled "Allow other Network Users to connect through this Computer's Internet
Connection". Click on the drop down box "Home networking connection"
labelled "Select a private network connection" and select the Microsoft Virtual
WiFi Miniport Adapter which should be labeled "Wireless Network Connection
2".
Click "OK" and the "Wireless Network Connection" button should now say
"Shared"
Sorry I don't have many photos attached to this step. I, unfortunately, do not
have access to the computer I used to set it up with and my new computer's NIC
card doesn't support this feature :(

Step 3: Starting and Stopping the Wireless hotspot.


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This final step will guide you through starting and stopping the wireless hotspot
(access point).
It's time to go back to CMD.
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Open a new CMD window ("Windows Key" + "R") and type in the following
command:
netsh wlan start hostednetwork
CMD should confirm by saying "The hosted network started."
If you navigate back to the "Network Connections" window, you will notice the
Microsoft Virtual WiFi Miniport Adapter should now have your SSID listed with
full reception!
Now. To disable (turn off the hotspot), it is best to:
Open a new CMD window ("Windows Key" + "R") and type in the following
command:
netsh wlan stop hostednetwork
CMD should confirm by saying "The hosted network stopped."
And thats it! Your wireless hotspot will have started with the SSID (Name) and
password you set! Try connecting to it with a different WiFi compatible device.
Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did creating it!

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hello. i've right every step but the Microsoft Virtual WiFi Miniport adapter icon
does not appear. I have an acer aspire 7535g, which is somewhat old, but
there's nothing on the internet saying that the computer doesn't have the ability
to do it. So what is the problem? Please help me.
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wow thank you. it works at my hotspot. btw, how about without key=persistent?
no password every ppl login to my hotspot?

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i tried this so many times. my mobile get connected properly but net doesnt
on it. i am able to ping cell fone from my laptop but net doesnt work at all.
formatted my fone but nogo. please help

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You might not have shared correct Internet connection on windows 7.


Also firewall in antivirus may cause problems. Detailed steps can be
availed from http://priyanairmumbai.blogspot.in/2015/03/settingup-hotspot-in-windows-7.html

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same problem with me! connected to mobile but net not working! ???
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Thanks so much! V good instructions!


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Excellent... It helped a lot


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you can use http://priyanairmumbai.blogspot.in/2015/03/setting-up-hotspotto setup wifi hotspot in windows 7 or 8

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StevenH5 (/member/StevenH5/)

This person is wrong. it works on any windows OS. I see sum of you are having

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i made it but idont know what is password plz tell me


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i made it but idont know what is password plz tell me


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It is very cool . Thank you for your tutorial...


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Works great, thanks!


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This is sooooooooooooo coooooooooooool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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