0.9 Beta

Rating:        Based on 69 ratings
Reviewed:  64 reviews
Downloads: 2536270
Change Set: 41272
Released: Nov 18, 2009
Updated: Jan 5, 2011 by crpietschmann
Dev status: Beta Help Icon

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You will need to uninstall any previous versions before installing this new version.

Change Log

  • Added Installation Check for Windows 7 / 2008 R2 or later
  • Added ability to customize the icon displayed for a particular device / connected peer. To do this, either "double click" the connected peer, or "right click" and select "properties".
  • Added Network Name (SSID) and Password Field Validation. SSID can not be longer than 32 characters, and Password must be at least 8 characters and no more than 64 characters.
  • Persist SSID and Password across executions so that the user doesn't have to type it in every time.
  • The First time Virtual Router Manager is run the Password/Passphrase field is blank. This is to encourage users to enter their own password instead of just using the "default" value in an effort to help increase the overall security. This way there is no "default" password for hackers to try connecting with.

This project was created and is maintained by Chris Pietschmann. Chris is a Microsoft MVP and the Owner of Simplovation LLC.

Reviews for this release

My Wifi is TP-Link TL-WN721N 150Mbps Wireless N USB Adapter. Between I'm i make it work by cmd lines: 1. Open with Administrator privileges. 2. Enter the following command: netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=Test key=password 3.Enable sharing and select special ‘hosted’ interface 4. Start it netsh wlan start hostednetwork **Now started in Windows 7 SP1 but how don't know?
by vjudragon on Aug 7, 2011 at 2:17 PM
Registered just to make a review about this wonderful tool!!! Very useful and easy! Just enter your desired SSID and Password and click start! Very Easy!
by Minter on Mar 24, 2013 at 6:04 AM
4 stars because it looks easier
by saif1234 on Feb 23, 2013 at 12:49 PM
Works like it's supposed to on my Win7 laptop, no problems at all. My Android phone and tablet connect with no issues.
by Stonehenge81 on Jan 22, 2013 at 5:17 PM
Excellent software to share the network connection. I use my laptop to act as hotspot for tablet.
by sumitrawat on Jan 9, 2013 at 1:18 PM
I use it to share my mobile network, it does exactly what it's suppose to do! Thank you for this program!! :)
by sawise on Dec 12, 2012 at 12:18 PM
A software just over 1Mb and still does the trick for me.. Simple Elegant and does what it it is intended to do
by venkatrammovva on Nov 28, 2012 at 8:06 PM
Awesome, much easier than command line thanks a lot
by nokhodian on Nov 26, 2012 at 12:33 PM
Great and simple. I've dealt with the command prompt to get a virtual modem, but the program is way easier. It's lightweight, fast, and get the job done. Use it to share your connection with your devices if you don't have a router (or don't want to spend money on one) If it's possible, it would be good to warn the user the reason why it couldn't create the network ("no Wi-fi device detected", etc)
by BrunoF89 on Oct 10, 2012 at 8:15 PM
This application works great! It is the best WiFi forwarding software I know. I can use it to share connections that are so weak that phones can't detect them, and I can bring it with me to places where there's only Ethernet around. I'd like to comment about one thing, there should be a possibility for setting up unprotected networks, for everyone to see, that seems to be impossible.
by bilde2910 on Sep 13, 2012 at 3:27 PM
a fantastic piece of software - small footprint, very simple to use and worked perfectly first time. now using it on train with ipad and windows phone sharing my computer's 3g dongle. many thanks
by seljon on Aug 21, 2012 at 6:06 PM
You are such a life saver!! My dorms don't have wifi, we have to use ethernet cable..now with your help I have internet access on my phone too :))
by indianboy101 on Aug 12, 2012 at 10:59 PM
It is not just works, it works like a charm! Thank you for this great software!
by battie85 on Jul 18, 2012 at 6:23 AM
I have use this project on a couple of Laptops and I found it really good. It does what it says and it always easy to setup and use even for a novice who does not even know the meaning of the routing.
by Yoshika4 on Jul 16, 2012 at 1:42 PM
Great software, simple and easy to install
by jacekplacek on May 27, 2012 at 8:57 AM
That's so amazing application. Who is that guy who rote bring that piece of excellence in the universe? Simple and easy, it creates opportunity for people to connect and share...
by DrWeb on May 26, 2012 at 7:27 PM
Outstanding. Works on Intel wifi link 5100. Took like 30 seconds to setup.
by ramneo on May 20, 2012 at 12:47 PM
Like a charm, just works perfectly with my iPad. I hate the window 7 ad hoc set-up - this software works perfectly! Even I am a poor student, I would denote a notional $1 to show my appreciation for the simple and elegant software.
by yangxie on May 9, 2012 at 11:14 PM
Works like a charm, I have a virtual Router running in less than 2 minutes ! AWESOME !
by nadjibus on Apr 8, 2012 at 6:07 PM
Outstanding program that became a real lifesaver on a recent project. It has a minor quirk coming out of hibernation, but that is easily corrected. Keep up the good work!
by ssgdodd on Apr 3, 2012 at 3:13 PM
This is an Excellent Program for creating WiFi Hotspot.I use Nokia N97 mini with dial-up to connect internet.Always I face a problem, when i try to connect other mobile WiFi devices.(Such as N5800,C3,or any Android based SE X10 Mini.)I experienced very bad with "Connectify Program" cause after installing that I cant use any dial up.But I'll recommend this for dial-up users.Thank You for this App.
by itZoM on Mar 29, 2012 at 12:46 PM
Used to work awesome. Now it just says "Virtual Router Can not be started!" no explanation, nothing. sad sad day, I loved this program. Fixed it. Virtual wifi adapter was not enabled :)
by rmacga on Mar 21, 2012 at 11:46 PM
Im really excited by this software, it worked, but suddenly the network go for " no internet access" while the internet service is working properly and i can't stop virtual router anymore " what can i do !?
by TFA on Mar 15, 2012 at 4:27 PM
Wow this is what i looked for, the app working like a charm i don't need to think anymore how to make a inetsharingmanager interface for my own thanks for making everything easier and for free too GBU :)
by ginting on Jan 31, 2012 at 8:05 PM
Works perfectly after a brief installation and setup. Application is currently acting as a WiFi repeater using a DELL i3 CPU M 370 @ 2.40GHz laptop receiving two bars of signal from a Linksys WRT54g running DD-WRT firmware. Serves up client connectivity with password logon. Provides connectivity to LG 670 running Android with no lag or drop, even while streaming music and video. Highly Recommended
by pallenbrown on Jan 27, 2012 at 6:01 AM
The software looks good but Not working for me :( as I tried to connect from HTC..but I can not browse internet...Do I have to install VistualWifi before this? Can someone help please
by sjunejo on Jan 24, 2012 at 10:28 AM
Perfect, right now I am on business trip abroad, downloading Gran Turismo 5 update 2.03 to my PS3 thanks to Virtual Router! :-) I noticed installation created "Microsoft Virtual WiFi Miniport" network interface on its own, very simple. UMTS tethered from Android mobile via USB to Windows 7 Home Premium notebook HP 620. Thanks!
by Substance242 on Jan 20, 2012 at 11:33 PM
VirtualRouter worked immediately, once I'd opened the Virtual Router app from the system tray, set a password and hit the start button. Simultaneous connections from 2 iPod Touch devices work fine. Spectacularly good!
by lbuckingham on Jan 17, 2012 at 9:38 AM
its not working anymore, and those workarounds are not very satisfying ! i hope u fix it soon !
by ChristianRMikus on Jan 14, 2012 at 11:08 PM
works very well ... suits me fine ... a very good solution
by Sepp1945 on Jan 3, 2012 at 9:13 AM
Excellent. works perfectly first try. Windows 7 Ultimate sp1 x64
by RavenAngelus on Jan 3, 2012 at 12:37 AM
this application is *OUTSTANDING*.... Its very useful and simple for use... I like it so much...
by ritvik1992 on Dec 10, 2011 at 11:23 AM
This application is great and is working pretty well.
by MeysamNaseri on Nov 21, 2011 at 11:19 AM
Outstanding ! Simple and works ! ( i'm used to windows quirks ) Provides Wifi for all ( most Hotels only one Captive Portal 10BT ) Need to test with a tethered ~4G phone & or Hamachi Airlink101 Wireless 11N Mini USB AWLL6075 Win 7 Ultimate 64bit Dell D620 3G Ram
by Arcorsai on Nov 16, 2011 at 8:05 PM
My dv6 has Windows 7, however, my other computerwhich has XP will not connect to the internet even though Virtual Router is running. It is connected to the wireless connection, but no internet.
by JB67 on Sep 10, 2011 at 8:31 AM
by FENIKSKLAB on Aug 31, 2011 at 10:08 PM
Excellent little tool, can use my desktop as repeater for my mobile phone now. However configuration is hard. Didn't get it work unless a MS Virtual Wifi adapter is installed. Can do this in Win7 by command-line, but I used another Open Source on http://virtualwifi.sourceforge.net. Both tools integrate perfect. You can use Virtual Wifi for the specific settings and Virtual Router to run in taskbar
by Iason2020 on Aug 31, 2011 at 10:58 AM
Great little application. Does exactly what it says on the tin!
by In4inity on Jun 17, 2011 at 10:03 PM
In a word....... Outstanding!! Worked straight from install and configuration!
by ROBBED666 on Jun 4, 2011 at 10:38 AM
I wanted to reverse tether my HTC Desire to the 3G connection on my new Win7 Lenovo laptop (no I'm not mad, there is a good reason!). First I had to find a generic driver for the Huawei E1750 3G modem (the pre-loaded SW from the mobile phone company blocked sharing). Then I had to downgrade the driver for the Atheros AR9285 wifi. Took a day of hard work and a lot of trial and error but got there!
by TJLY on May 24, 2011 at 9:23 PM
It works on my laptop: OS Windows 7 Ultimate and mobile internet on USB 3G dongle Huawey E173
by dravko on May 19, 2011 at 7:52 AM
i'snt working, it's my words
by JoaoAbdalla on May 16, 2011 at 2:29 AM
It would be wonderful if it would work with my Pandigital e-reader, but it only worked one time. I have AT&T newest wireless.
by sunfun on Mar 24, 2011 at 2:32 PM
It works 100%. Its gr8 just need to b more helpful to users. Actually it asks 4 wirelss conenction to share b4 u can start. u can make 1 by going in Network & sharing center-> Setup new connection, select adhoc network pc to pc & follow wizard steps. But this is to b done at every start. Read my blog 4more http://dotnetxperience.blogspot.com/2011/03/make-your-wifi-enabled-windows-7-wifi.html
by maqk on Mar 19, 2011 at 9:31 PM
IT WORKS!!! I'm using Windows 7 32bit SP1 and have no trouble connecting my iPhone to my laptop/internet. Sometimes it says it cannot be started, but usually clicking Start again it will run. And occasionally when I select my Lan connection to be shared, it will change to another adaptor, but Stopping, reselecting and restarting usually sorts it. It is in Beta so there are bound to be some issues.
by jwsturner on Mar 16, 2011 at 12:25 AM
In two words: Doesn't Work. Another two words: At All.
by c100 on Mar 13, 2011 at 2:55 PM
Does not work at all. When started, complains "Can not manage virtual router. The service is not running." and crashes. Although the service IS running. Windows 7 64bit, Broadcom 4313/Realtek RTL8188SU
by bugmenot2 on Mar 9, 2011 at 9:31 AM
i like it very much
by t0mxu1102 on Mar 5, 2011 at 6:33 PM
I am running Windows 7 Professional (32bit)with newly installed SP1, I got the error message says " Virtual Router Could not Be Started" whe nI click on " Start Virtual Router". I turned the UAC to lowest level already. My Notebook is Lenovo X201. with Network Adapters: Intel(R) Centrino(R) Advanced-N 6200 AGN Wireless Intel(R) 82577LM Gigabit Network Connection
by benji228 on Mar 4, 2011 at 7:42 AM
I am running Windows 7 Ultimate with SP 1. I got the error message says "Virtual Router Could Bot Be Started!" when I click on "Start Virtual Router".
by blackbriar on Mar 1, 2011 at 4:46 PM
This program is awesome! Installed fast, and worked easily first time, with a laptop and an iphone4. I can't believe that I don't see more reviews for this program. This is so COOL! Please keep this up and I will be spreading the word about this. :)
by blmazza on Mar 1, 2011 at 6:36 AM
In one word: great In two words: easy breezy Virtual Router installed very easily on my laptop (DELL XPS M 1530) and I am up running it as virtual router within 5 minutes. Simply fantastic. I tried connectify without success and the support was also in the similar state as their software. Great job, please keep it up
by sarangbaheti on Feb 19, 2011 at 4:00 AM
my network card ayheros ar5007 802.11b / g compatible apparently not used Windows 7 and I can not enter the ssid or anything will not let me enter anything
by sandro1982 on Jan 18, 2011 at 5:56 AM
Works great! Simple to set up and allows me to connect my BlackBerry and share the PC's Ethernet connection. BBs don't allow ad-hoc connections so you need to be an access point. I tried Connectify but it caused constant BSODs. Virtualrouter is stable and awesome!
by chaosfreak on Dec 12, 2010 at 4:23 PM
Excellent stuff! After disconnecting from my current Ad-hoc wifi network & UN-sharing my net connection, it worked great, however my D-link DWL-G520 driver makes lots bsod's on win7. I've had too many issues with connectify, ever since 2.1 got released, it only works interminably. However on Windows 2008 R2, it works once after each install then never again :( Virtual Router + WIN 7 = Awesome
by silverham on Nov 12, 2010 at 1:57 PM
I cant get it to Work my Wifi adapter is on list i installed from vista Windows 7 and it says Could not Start
by lsviper12 on Oct 15, 2010 at 11:45 PM
esta bno el programa
by mastertutos001 on Oct 15, 2010 at 3:10 PM
BSOD with Intel Wifi Link 5100 driver version
by rivalcomp on Oct 1, 2010 at 9:38 AM
Error: no host found & no ip for peers, had to manually set ip address, default gateway, and DNS server on peers. Now it works good. Appears that TCP/IPv4 DHCP server not working for Windows Virtual adapter (wireless network connection 2).
by TurboDiesel on Sep 30, 2010 at 5:18 PM
Works fine with my Intel WiFi Link 5300, once I reverted to driver version 13.0. With version 13.3, I got a BSOD (in NETwNs64.sys) every time a device attempted to *use* the connection. (Starting VR and establishing connection works fine.) Connectify exhibits the same behaviour, so this is definitely a driver issue.
by ugumba on Aug 30, 2010 at 1:21 PM
Works intermittently on my Dell Inspiron 1420 and it's unclear why. Most of the time, will not allow anything to connect to it, although the HotSpot is visible and the password keyed in correctly. But on rare occasions (not sure why) suddenly I can connect to it. But the next day, again, cannot connect.
by ianchai on Aug 25, 2010 at 6:00 AM
Thank you so much for the app, exactly what I needed!
by wheresaldo on May 25, 2010 at 3:40 AM
Very good, but other possibilities should have security as WEP and WPA.
by Rafaelmm on Feb 17, 2010 at 2:50 AM
Excellent little proggy...worked no problem on my Win 7 64 bit.
by budmandave on Feb 12, 2010 at 11:50 PM