Turn Your Laptop Into a Wifi Hotspot

What can you do if you find yourself with access to only a wired internet connection, but need to get devices online wirelessly? With Virtual Router Plus you can easily transform your laptop into a wireless hotspot to do just this.

This is a great option if you are able to physically connect your laptop to a network, but also want to be able to get online with your tablet or iPod. Read on to find out to use this fantastic free tool.

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The program is compatible with Windows 7 and Windows 8, and one you have it configured it can be used to get any wireless device online – other laptops, phones and tablets or even desktop machines fitted with a wireless adaptor.

Getting Started

The first thing you’ll need to do is to download a free copy of Virtual Router Plus. Pay a visit to the software page, scroll down and click the Download Latest Release link.

The website is nothing to get excited about, but Virtual Router Plus opens up a world of possibilities.

The website is nothing to get excited about, but Virtual Router Plus opens up a world of possibilities.

You’ll be transported to the CodePlex website and the download will start automatically. There’s no need for installation, but as the program is provided in zip format you will need to extract it.

When you’ve done this, make sure that you are connected to the network connection you would like to be able to share and then launch the application by double clicking the VirtualRouterPlus.exe file.

With no installation required, Virtual Router Plus is a great candidate for popping on a USB drive.

With no installation required, Virtual Router Plus is a great candidate for popping on a USB drive.

Unless you have disabled the feature, User Account Control or SmartScreen will kick in and block the program initially, so you will have to permit it to run.

Create a Network

When you choose to share your connection using Virtual Router Plus you are essentially creating a new network. Just as with any other network it need to be assigned a name to make it easy to identify – just enter something appropriate in the SSID field.

The network you create can be assigned any name you would like to use.

The network you create can be assigned any name you would like to use.

Wireless signals, by their very nature, travel. To prevent other people from using your network without permission, password protection should be implemented.

This not only limits network access to those you share the password with, but implements WPA2 encryption to help keep things secure.

Password protect your shared connection to prevent other people from using it.

Password protect your shared connection to prevent other people from using it.

The final thing you need to do is indicate which network connection should be shared. In most cases this will be the wired LAN connection. Make your selection and click Start Virtual Router Plus.

Virtual Router Plus can be used to wireless share any other connection you might have available.

Virtual Router Plus can be used to wireless share any other connection you might have available.

Share the Connection

That’s pretty much all there is to it. After a brief delay you should be able to detect the newly created network on any computer or device that has a wireless adaptor fitted.

After initial setup, the program will take a moment to get everything configured ready for use.

After initial setup, the program will take a moment to get everything configured ready for use.

Connecting to the network is no different to connecting to any other. Whether you are using a Mac, PC, or a mobile device, simply perform a scan for available networks, select the one you have created and enter the password.

Getting connected from any device is as simple as connecting to another other network.

Getting connected from any device is as simple as connecting to another other network.

In Summary

In this example we have shown how the program can be used to share a wired internet connection to other devices wirelessly, but this is not the only scenario. The connection must be shared wirelessly – so the computer you’re using to share the connection needs to have a wireless adaptor – but the connection that is being shared can be one of several types.

It makes sense to share a wired connection when only one is available, but it is also possible to share a data connection. This is handy if you are using a data dongle to get online and want to share this connection with multiple devices.

If you connect two wireless adaptors to a computer it can be transformed into a repeater to help push a weak single further than would otherwise be possible.

Let us know what you think and share your ideas for how the program could be used in the comments below.


  • Chakravarthi Arangi

    Thankyou very much. Its working

  • Ivan

    i put one wireless usb adaptor in my laptop so i can strenght up my signal.. when i try to connect to virtualrouter with my galaxy s3 it always kicks me out…

  • Fayaz Najeeb

    Will this work with Windows 8?

  • janet

    what if it’s a modem ?

  • joel

    Virtual Router Plus could nt started. Supported hardware may not have been found.
    thats the error help

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