How to turn your Win7 computer into a wi-fi hotspot

Want to share your Win7 computer’s Internet connection with other computers wirelessly? As long as your system’s wireless network adapter supports the new Windows 7 “virtual wi-fi” feature, you can do it. Intel, Broadcom, Realtek and some other NIC makers provide drivers that support this feature; you’ll need to be sure they’re installed. Then do this:

  1. Open an elevated command prompt by right clicking the cmd.exe link and selecting “Run as Administrator.”
  2. In the command window, type: netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=MyNet key=MyPassword (replace “MyNet” with the name you want to use for the wireless network and replace “MyPassword” with your chosen password for accessing it)
  3. Press Enter.
  4. Now type: netsh wlan start hostednetwork
  5. Press Enter.
  6. Open Control Panel and go to Network and Sharing Center.
  7. Click Change Adapter Settings.
  8. Right click your Internet connection and select Properties.
  9. Click the Sharing tab.
  10. Check the box that says “Allow other network users to connect.”
  11. Choose your virtual wi-fi adapter and click OK.

Now wi-fi enabled computers within range should see your new wireless network and others can connect to it if they know the password.

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