Router is the most important part of computer networks. A router determines how information or data packets are passed from one device to another in most efficient manner. For setting up various network gadgets in your home or workplace, you have to buy a router to share the internet connection between devices.
A typical router may cost you anywhere between $30 to $150 (depending upon the specs). But Windows 7 has an excellent in-built utility, Wireless Hosted Network (Virtual Wifi) technology, that makes your computer a wireless access point and you can connect all your network devices by sharing a single internet connection thorough your computer or laptop.
How to Setup a Virtual Router on Windows 7
- Open command prompt with Administrator privileges. You can do it by going to start menu, right clicking on command prompt and selecting ‘Run as administrator’.
- Enter the following command:
netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=Test key=password
This will create a wireless access-point with SSID of “Test”.
- Open the Networks and Sharing Center. Select your mode of connecting to the internet (ethernet, wi-fi, cable etc.).
- Enable sharing and select special ‘hosted’ interface and start it.
netsh wlan start hostednetwork
- That’s it. You have just created and activated a virtual router on your Windows 7 computer.