Frequently Asked Questions
Is Virtual Router Free to use?
Yes, Virtual Router is completely Free. If you've paid for it, then I suggest you demand a refund.
Will I incur extra charges from my ISP using Virtual Router?
The bandwidth the extra devices you have connected to a Virtual Router shared Internet connection will of course count towards your internet service bandwidth. Using Virtual Router functions identically to using a router to share your internet connection. If you have questions regarding how much bandwidth you have allocated and/or what overage charges you may be subject to, then you should contact your Internet Service Provider.
Which Wifi Devices are Supported?
The device support is dependent on you having a driver installed that is Certified for Windows 7 or Windows 8. As far as we know, part of the requirement for a wireless driver to be "Certified for Windows 7" or "Certified for Windows 8" must support the Virtual Wifi and Wireless Hosted Network features of Windows 7.
Unfortunately, in regards to using Virtual Router, any driver that is "Certified for Windows Vista" will work with your Wifi device in Windows 7 or 8, however it will not support the Virtual Wifi and Wireless Hosted Network features.
You can view a list of devices here: Supported Devices
Virtual Router will not start after installation
There are some cases that Virtual Router is unable to start immediately after installation. First you should make sure that you have the latest device drivers installed from the manufacturer of your Wifi device, then if that still doesn't work you should try restarting/rebooting you machine if you havn't already done so.
You can find links to some of the latest drivers for some of the more commonly used Wifi devices here: Supported Devices
Error: "group or resource is not in the correct state to perform the requested operation"
Here's a Hotfix available from Microsoft for a common cause of this problem on Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2:http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2496820
If the hotfix doesn't work, or you aren't using Windows 7 or 2008 R2, then you could try some of the suggestions at the following link:http://superuser.com/questions/373861/how-can-i-start-hostednetwork-on-windows-7
How do I know if my computer/hardware supports Virtual Router?
First, you need to have a Wifi device and driver that both support the Windows Virtual Wifi and Wireless Hosted Network features. Drivers that are Certified for Windows 7 or Windows 8 will work.
You can view a list of known supported devices here: Supported Devices
Can I use Virtual Router with Windows Vista or Windows XP?
Unfortunately, Virtual Router will not work on Windows Vista or Windows XP, or any older version of Windows. Virtual Router is only compatible with Windows 7 and Windows 8 since the Virtual Wifi and Wireless Hosted Network features are new in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.
What About Windows 7 Starter Edition?
Unfortunately, Microsoft has disabled the Virtual Wifi features in Windows 7 Starter Edition so Virtual Router will not work. This is the only edition of Windows 7 that the software will not work with.
Is the connection encrypted? How secure it this?
The wireless connection is encrypted with WPA2
encryption. Encryption is also required, with no method of disabling it. The security of you "Virtual Router" is dependent on the strength of you Password / Passphrase.
How To Change Device (Connected Peer) Icon
You can open the Device "Properties" dialog one of two ways:
- Double Click the Device / Connected Peer
- Right Click the Device / Connected Peer and Select "Properties..."
Then click on the "Change Icon..." Button, and Select the Icon you want and click "Save".