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20 Nov 09 Windows 7 as an wi-fi access point

Now with Windows 7 you can share your internet connection as an access point with the the drivers that came with Windows 7, Windows also installs the Microsoft Virtual WiFi Miniport Adapter


To configure it use the Command Prompt in Administrator elevated:

netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=itgeekdiary key=typepassword

This configures a Wireless Lan network with SSID “itgeekdiary” and protected with the key “typepassword”

Enable Internet sharing on your internet connected network card, in my case that is the Wireless Network Connection modem card. Select the virtual Wifi as home networking connection, wi-fi mini port

Open the virtual miniport wifi adapter properties and uncheck all except IPv4


And at the command prompt type:

netsh wlan start hostednetwork

That’s it !!!

if you want to disable, at the command prompt:

netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=disallow ssid=itgeekdiary key=typepassword

These devices are known to be compatible:

  • Atheros AR5005GS (as in the TP-Link TL-WN651G)
  • Atheros AR5007EG with firmware
  • Broadcom 4310-series (in many Dell laptops)
  • D-link AirPlus G DWL-G510 Wireless PCI Adapter (driver version
  • Intel 5100/5300 (with latest drivers from Intel’s site, version, 64bit systems only)
  • Ralink RT2870 (in many 802.11n USB dongles)
  • Realtek RTL8187SE (with the drivers that came with Windows 7)
  • Realtek RTL8192u with 1370(Beta)

These older devices are known to be incompatible

  • Atheros AR9285 (likely others too)
  • Belkin Wireless G MIMO devices (as of version
  • Broadcom 4320-series (in many Dell laptops)
  • D-Link AirPlus G DWL-G122
  • Gigabyte GA-WPKG 802.11g
  • Intel 5100/5300 on 32 bit systems
  • Intel 3945/4965,2200BG (most Intel cards, unfortunately)
  • Mac Book Builtin Broadcom devices
  • Realtek RTL8187 (like in older 802.11bg USB dongles)
  • Zydas ZD1211 (also in 802.11bg USB dongles)

3G Mobile Broadband and Wireless Internet devices

Some wireless broadband providers’ hardware disallows the use of their device in an ICS setup. Microsoft are working on a solution to support all of these and will make an announcement when we have a resolution.

These devices are known to be compatible:

  • Clear 4G+ Mobile USB
  • Dell 5520
  • Franklin CDU680

Reader's Comments


    Hi please help where do we find the:

    D-link DWL-G510 Wireless driver?

    Can find other versions but not


    Thanks and its a great solution. Now i can find my AP but when i try to connect it keeps trying to obtain an IP and cant connect.. Any solution?


    Excellent! Thank you :)


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    This does NOT work. Tried multiple times on more than one computer with Windows 7, Home Premium and Professional. The troubles start when instructed to select the ‘home networking connection’; no such options exist (possibly due to having only a wired and wireless network connection, and no virtual adapters). Presuming that is the case, and following the rest of the instructions, when trying to start the network Windows reports “The hosted network couldn’t be started. The group or resource is not in the correct state to perform the requested operation.” I have researched this error and found nothing useful.


    Works great and very impressed.
    It seems to disconect after i turn laptop off how do i make it a permanent setup? Cheers :-)


    Super, 10x a lot!


    great article!


    Thanks for article. I have used this to connect to vlc server from android phone and works.

    Do you happen to know how to get a static ip to work?




    i want to create our wi-fi connection to access-point(AP)but i forget the step to create a access-point

    so kindly provide stepwise configuration of wi-fi access-point in windows 7


    C:\Windows\system32>netsh wlan start hostednetwork
    The hosted network couldn’t be started.
    The group or resource is not in the correct state to perform the requested opera


    thank you very much…. this is a good knowledge


    I can create it, but other devices cannot connect . any suggestion ?


    Thanks for this excellent solution to reduce My Budjet

    Let me ask you one Question

    Q;Can i do the same to share Donlge net to make as access pont?

    Hope you understood,sorry for my bad english



    how about Atheros AR9285?? I used this device :(


    how about Atheros AR9285 ?? I used this device


    Very helpful thank u, but you forgot the “run as Admin for CMD some people might forget to do that. VERY HELPFUL THX


    Can this be done on windows xp also? If so, how?


    Thanks a lot, I can now connect my android phone using my laptop internet connection.



    This worked great for me on my Win 7 machine. However, my friend tried it on her Win 8 machine and wasn’t able to get it working. Would you expect this process to work in Win 8, or have they made major changes to how this is setup? Thanks!


    It worked like magic. Thanks


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    Atheros AR9285 802.11b/g/n WiFi Adapter worked with last update


    I want to know if it’s possible not using WPA2 as my PSP doesn’t support this, WEP would work but i don’t know how to set it.


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