If you have a Windows computer with a wired internet connection, you may want to share that with other devices. You can do this with easier solution. It’s an app called Virtual Routerand its free to turn your desktop into a Wi-Fi hotspot.
The app works with Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 12 and Windows 10.
Step 1: Download and install the app
This is easy. Just go to Virtual Router’s homepage and download the app and install it. It doesn’t contain any bloatware or adware.
Step 2: Configure your network
Now fill out the name of the network you want and the password you want to use. The name will be the name that shows up for other devices. We chose “FreeWiFi.AndCandy” because it seemed enticing. For the password, this is WPA2 security, so it needs to be at least 8 characters.
We chose “yourmom69” because it has letters and numbers. And because we’re children at heart.
Now, select the connection you want to share from the dropdown link. Depending on how you’re connected, the choice might be different. If you’re connected over Ethernet, choose the Ethernet connection. If you’re connected to the Internet over Wi-Fi, select your Wi-Fi device.
Click “Start Virtual Router”
Step 3: Make sure connection sharing is enabled
Going through the above steps should do the trick, but if you run into any problems, make sure you’re sharing preferences are properly enabled.
To do that, first search in the Start menu for “View network connections.” Find the connection you want to share (Ethernet or Wi-Fi) and right-click on the device. Choose “Properties.”
In the “Properties” field, look at the “Sharing” tab and make sure the box “Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s Internet connection” is checked.
Now you should be good to go.
Step 4: Connect from another device
Once everything is properly configured, you can connect to your laptop’s new WiFi hotspot as usual. The network name should show up. Just select it and enter in the password.
The Virtual Router app will show other computers connecting through it when it’s in use. It’ll show the IP address of the device and its MAC address.
Step 5: Stop the app when you’re done
When you are done sharing Internet — or you need to move to another location — just click “Stop Virtual Router.”