Best Practice from IT Geeks

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

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