Monday, 1 September 2014

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Virual Router Download + Install AMANAHAD

Concerning hardware, your computer needs to have a wireless device and driver supporting the Windows Virtual Wifi and Wireless Hosted Network features. If the drivers are Windows 7/8 certified, they should be supported by Virtual Router. If you're not sure, check out the list of known supported devices on the developer's page.

Step 1 - Download and Install

After you made sure your computer is wireless-ready you need to download Virtual Router. This is a free application so you don't have to pay anything for it. Once you've downloaded the installer, double-click on it to start the setup.
The installation process for Virtual Router is extremely simple. All you have to do is agree with the license terms and proceed to the setup window where you can select the installation folder and whether you want to install the program for just the current Windows user or all users. If you're not sure what to do with these options, leave the default settings and click the "Next" button.

Virtual Router Setup

Virtual Router Setup
Virtual Router Setup

Step 2 - Settings

Now it's time to actually use Virtual Router, so double-click the application to run it. By default, the application runs in the system tray. To open Virtual Router Manager (the program's interface) double-click the tray icon. Make sure you are connected to the Internet using the connection you want to share.
The settings are straightforward:
1. Fill in the network's name (SSID) - This can be any name you want, although you should choose a relevant one so you know that's your shared Internet Connection.
2. Choose a password - Since a virtual router works just like the physical device, you need a password to prevent unauthorized intruders from using your Internet Connection.
3. Select the connection you want to share from the drop-down menu - You can use the Refresh button if you've connected to it while the Virtual Router Manager was already open and it wasn't showing up in the list.
4. Start Virtual Router - Press this button, once you've completed all the settings to enable your shared connection.

Virtual Router Manager

Virtual Router Manager
Virtual Router Manager

Shared Connection

Step 3 - Test the shared Internet Connection

If everything went well and Virtual Router is started you should be seeing your newly created connection in the Windows connections list.
Your computer should be currently connected to two connections: the connection you've shared, and the one you've just created.
To connect to it with any wireless-ready device (phone, laptop, tablet...etc) simply select the appropriate network and fill in the password, like you would for any other connection. Voila! You are now successfully sharing your Internet connection!
Erm......errors anyone?
Erm......errors anyone?

Step 4 - Troubleshooting

"The group or resource is not in the correct state to perform the requested operation

This is the most common error you can get from Virtual Router. There's a number of reasons for this error and several fixes, but you can't know which one works for you until you try them. After each step you should try to start Virtual Router to see if it solved your problem.
  • The first step is to make sure your wireless adapter has the latest drivers. You can find in in the Windows Device Manager under Network Adapters.
  • The second step, you need to make sure the hosted network can run. To do that, press the Windows Start button, open "Run" and type cmd to open a Command Prompt window (you'll need administrator rights). In the window type : netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow
  • To continue, check if the Microsoft Virtual WiFi Miniport Adapter is enabled. It's also under the Network Adapters section in the Windows Device Manager. Double-click it and the Properties window will pop-up. If under Device Status you see the message : "This device is disabled (Code 22). Click Enable Device to enable this device." it means it wasn't running and you do need to enable it.
  • If the previous step didn't work either, there's a Microsoft hotfix available for a common problem that can occur on computers running under Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2. You can download it from here.

Wireless Router
Wireless Router

Other issues

If you experience other problems with Virtual Router the first thing you can do is check if your wireless device's drivers are up to date and that you didn't give your shared connection the same SSID of a network you already have. After that take a look at the developer's F.A.Q since your problem can be listed there.
If Virtual Router doesn't work for you, try out some alternatives. Connectify Hotspot is also a very popular and capable application, although the free version (Lite) has limited functionality. Another free tool for wireless sharing of Internet connections is Virtual Router Plus, which was created as an improved version of Virtual Router that also supports Windows 2012.