Rating:        Based on 84 ratings
Reviewed:  71 reviews
Downloads: 8374202
Change Set: 71075
Released: Feb 10, 2013
Updated: Feb 11, 2013 by crpietschmann
Dev status: Stable Help Icon

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Application VirtualRouterInstaller.msi
application, 1342K, uploaded Feb 10, 2013 - 8374202 downloads

Release Notes

Turns any Windows 8, Windows 7 or 2008 R2 computer into a Wifi Hot Spot using Windows' Wireless Hosted Network (Virtual Wifi) technology.

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

Change Log

  • Added support for Windows 8
  • Made UI more touch friendly
  • Added ability to start Virtual Router without internet connection sharing
  • Fixed some bugs that resulted in "Virtual Router could not be started" error messages

FYI, if Windows SmartScreen prevents you from installing, then you'll need to click the "Unblock" button on the installer File Properties dialog.

Reviews for this release

Other were Fleecers! This works Like Charm!
by babaji on Jan 7, 2014 at 4:29 AM
very nice,it's a simple and useful tool!
by wenfeng0212 on Dec 23, 2013 at 8:33 AM
Virtual Router does not work on my Win8 Notebook :-( Error: "group or resource is not in the correct state to perform the requested operation" Help was not usefull.
by simple_user on Jul 22, 2013 at 8:38 AM
It doesnt work ... I dont know why Can Someone help me ? :(
by Blaster666 on Apr 11, 2013 at 2:25 PM
Works with Xperia U, Miro on Windows 7, but got disconnected every like 15 min., solved this by using this tool alongside with ConnectifyMe hotspot tool.
by Mo3tasm on Mar 26, 2013 at 8:45 PM
Tested on windows7 with other pcs and just works like a charm. The one star missing is because of the really terrible written xaml and mvvm pattern - You just don't want to rearrange this GUI!
by VisibleBasix on Mar 26, 2013 at 4:42 PM
Tested it with my Sony Xperia Neo V MT15i and Windows 7. It gets connected. After approx 20 minute, the connection automatically goes off from the device and the Peers connected goes blank. When I try to connect again to the same SSID, it tries to connect and after a while, it stops, with "Authentication Problem".
by cksachdev on Mar 12, 2013 at 1:34 PM
hey it is not working. error not shown when i click to open but at that time a popup window show that close the program or click solution for online.. when i click to solution for online it is still not show online any error...
by Jigar672 on Mar 8, 2013 at 4:27 PM
Not working from Galaxy S2 ... Show "Obtaining IP Address" ... and after 1 minut fail ... can not get ip via DHCP , only manual/static IP! Connection to a normal router is ok, no problems! Working from iPod and other chinese tablet ... but not from S2 !!!
by byrev on Mar 8, 2013 at 11:35 AM
Greatest ever seen!! Was really great work!!
by myulgong on Nov 27, 2017 at 11:25 AM
"The group or resource is not in the correct state to preform the requested operation." On Windows: 1) Open Command Prompt with Administrative Privileges 2) Type in netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=ssidOfUrChoice key=keyOfUrChoice 3) Start Virtual Router using same SSID and Key
by TheMildGatsby on Mar 14, 2017 at 11:15 PM
great program
by Blaster992 on Dec 17, 2016 at 2:16 PM
I love it for my laptop hotspot
by JaybirdWrenbird on Sep 16, 2016 at 5:15 PM
Best and simple user interface.
by alikhanxyz on Jul 7, 2016 at 8:24 PM
Crashes sometimes when returning computer from standby but generally works on Windows 10.
by kanylbullen on Jun 27, 2016 at 8:47 AM
Works great from the getgo on W8.1; saved me from going into the Command Prompt to create an Ad Hoc network. Problem with a W7 workstation (Lenovo W520); turns off WiFi and disconnects after several minutes. Seems like other users had similar problems on W7. Thanks for the good work!
by Oyatsu on Apr 26, 2016 at 7:09 AM
Works very nicely over LAN but not if lap is connected with wireless, pwd shud be hidden by default.
by bhimat on Mar 3, 2016 at 2:14 PM
great.. after so many scammers and torjans.. this one works like a charm and no advertising to boot. i only wish, it had an option to go away from the system tray while minimized.
by kbsantosh1 on Dec 22, 2015 at 5:10 PM
Absolutely amazing, I struggled to get any WiFi on any of my other devices except my pc so for a simple solution I tried the Virtual Router and it seriously works a treat! Thank you Devs :) might I add I'm currently running Windows 10 and it seems to be working perfect.
by Zefzefs on Oct 15, 2015 at 1:55 AM
brilliant piece of software. Ive been searching for a method of reverse tethering my Samsung S-3 Duos on odd occasion. had to experiment with which connection to use if using usb modem as networking has 2 connections (LAN 3 and Virtual-box host only connection) works with LAN3. what is NOT explained is that you need to have your PC wiFi ON, and then it will broadcast the SSID, then you can use Wifi on your android (or other device) to access that new hot-spot you have created. great work guys, thx.
by vincentindo3259 on Aug 19, 2015 at 7:00 AM
Worked at first try, windows 10
by abumalik on Aug 17, 2015 at 8:05 PM
using Windows 8.1 after starting Virtual Router the service stops after about 15 seconds. Tried reboot, reinstall, issue persists. Computer has plenty of resources - Proc: Intel I5, 8 gigs of ram.
by Windowsfree on Jul 29, 2015 at 6:33 PM
It works !!!
by alaay873 on Jul 25, 2015 at 7:43 PM
Works like a charm, no crashes, very simple.
by carlosabs on May 13, 2015 at 6:30 PM
Perfect! Works great on Windows 7 64-bit. Does exactly what it's supposed to do. Thanks a lot!
by fomoz on Apr 30, 2015 at 3:57 PM
buggy and unmaintained, the issues and discussions are a cesspool of spam.
by SamHasler on Apr 28, 2015 at 11:21 AM
Not working on Windows 10 :'(
by xelasix on Apr 17, 2015 at 1:53 PM
It worked for me on windows 7 but on windows 8 it never worked for me and after wasting some time on uninstall/install i found SoftHotspot on google which worked for me on windows 8. Download Link: http://sourceforge.net/projects/softhotspot/
by rupinders73 on Feb 22, 2015 at 10:51 AM
I use this in conjunction with Reflector, the iOS mirroring app. I wanted to be able to use an ad-hoc network created by my laptop so that Reflector could mirror my iPad screen onto my computer, but the iPad kept dropping the connection. Virtual Router absolutely solved this problem and I get bombproof ad-hoc network connections now. Many thanks to the developer for this awesome app.
by wmacaulay on Dec 18, 2014 at 10:23 PM
I installed this on my Compaq C500 laptop running Windows 7. When I start it with my dial-up connection connection selected in Shared Connections I get the following error message: An event was unable to invoke any of the subscribers(Exception from HRESULT:)0X80040201. If I select None my BLU Studio II phone can connect with 'Saved secured briefly and then returns to authenticating. What am I missing?
by OldJohn2 on Dec 11, 2014 at 3:22 AM
Just perfect !!! Easy to use and fast !!!
by Dravid123 on Nov 4, 2014 at 8:16 AM
It's not completed, but it works great as a virtual router. ...With any user-friendly program, the user should have the ability to turn off features. On the machine I have this installed on, it auto-starts with Windows7 and will not Exit. (I have to use task manager, to end process). Also, it does not come with an uninstaller. Maybe a warning in the description?
by SolidTD on Oct 22, 2014 at 3:11 AM
me aparece la señal en mi celular pero no se conecta a mi diapositivo alguien me puede ayudar
by jovani on Oct 8, 2014 at 3:07 PM
I have windows 8.1 and it worked some times. But now it's compatible! =D
by EpicPants on Oct 5, 2014 at 11:31 AM
hi dear sir/madam first of all i wana say this program is very useful and i like it, spicily it is open souse , by the way these days i faced new error which is not let me to use this useful program, i will be happy if you help me about it, the massage is this " the group or resource is not in the correct state to perform the request operation " im using in the same situation which i used it before, could you help me ?
by seyedi1988 on Sep 9, 2014 at 7:53 AM
Doesn't work on Windows 7 Professional. Service is running, but GUI says service is not running.
by andrewcalvin on Aug 31, 2014 at 1:29 AM
it is awesome......... it really amazed me
by Chuksjoe on Aug 3, 2014 at 7:11 PM
Other than getting some exceptions here and there, it works nicely :)
by mdunicorn on Jul 21, 2014 at 7:18 AM
Excellent job.. Thanks !!!
by geeksagar on Jun 12, 2014 at 7:22 AM
Very lightweight and works excellent. Good job
by nikolaZ on May 20, 2014 at 8:07 PM
Works like a charm! No setup hassles. I run Windows 8 on Sony VAIO (model: SVE15129CNB). I wanted to share the wired Internet connection in my laptop with my HTC mobile. Good one!
by kesavamoorthy on Apr 5, 2014 at 5:39 AM
Pretty simple and solid application. I was able to get my other wireless devices online fairly quickly. This program doesn't detect if you've disabled the Miniport adapter (which I had done since I never used it), but after enabling it I was able to fix any errors. I would like to see additional options such as other encryption settings, and network configuration settings to control what IPs clients will get.
by tgp1994 on Apr 2, 2014 at 10:29 PM
Simple, works fine. Consider about not showing the password after it entered..simple task ha ha :D
by ruwanka on Mar 28, 2014 at 7:21 PM
I just installed it and it just worked. I was able to connect my Samsung 5500 Smart TV to my laptop. We will see if it has any problems over time.
by JohnBeals on Mar 16, 2014 at 9:25 PM
Works great. Now I don't have to use my old phone as an ad/hoc. Great for connecting directly to my pc from my tv and I don't have to Bogart my neighbor's bandwidth when I'm in front of my house.
by Lanceplex on Mar 8, 2014 at 6:04 PM
It can be ported even on Win XP http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windows/desktop/bb204766(v=vs.85).aspx http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=2098
by ilstarnoDEV on Mar 2, 2014 at 1:00 PM
Works like a charm! Excellent work developer. Thumbs up
by mdjan on Feb 26, 2014 at 8:36 AM
Crashes for me on Windows 8.1 64-bit. Also the UI is ugly. Do not want a touch friendly UI on normal PCs.
by xpclient on Feb 16, 2014 at 4:15 PM
Windows7 error start
by javier1297 on Feb 9, 2014 at 6:08 PM
I have used V0.9 of this program for over 2 years with no problem. However, for the last 4 days it has caused me endless difficulty. In particular, today I find myself unable to connect to the internet at all while running Virtual Router. Yesterday it took me 3 installs and 5 restarts to get a connection with my IPod Touch, which dropped out after 45 minutes and could not be re-established. I have also tried v1.0 and the latest version of Virtual Router Plus. None of them work properly. Apart from the Win2008R2 machine I normally use, I also have a Win8.1 laptop on which the software is similarly non-functional. Although this program has been enormously helpful to me in the past I cannot recommend this software given my recent experience.
by lbuckingham on Jan 30, 2014 at 11:13 AM
wow this program just did exactly as i was expecting!
by macpm on Jan 9, 2014 at 2:51 PM
I'm getting 'Can not manage Virtual Router. This service is not running.' any help please?
by xFaV0Zx on Dec 26, 2013 at 10:32 AM
Ii get an error that says "the group or resource is not in the correct state to perform the requested operation" :(
by XxBamItzDarkxX on Dec 9, 2013 at 8:47 PM
I will admit at first I was cussing...Cause I couldn't get it to install, then it kept dropping connections....BUT, I'm not really sure what happened but Now Its working GREAT....I really do Love this thing.......Keep up the good work.
by ZIPPER123 on Oct 14, 2013 at 11:07 PM
Exactly what I needed after flushing down the toilet Connectify Lite (Do not use the Lite version - Annoying as HELL ! ). Big thanks to the dev - works like charm on Windows 8.1 - still needed to set the wlan mode to allow - use alleviated command prompt, then type in > netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow
by satanatos on Oct 3, 2013 at 7:40 PM
by PavelSA on Oct 2, 2013 at 3:37 AM
this program is just awesome! it is easy and does exactly what it says it does. running it on windows 8 and has worked better than any other program ive tried. it is free and sweet! compliments to the author and thank you! from hp laptop ethernet connection, i hook up a htc one cell ph., ipad mini tablet and apple mac. i just love this program!
by man007 on Sep 23, 2013 at 8:33 PM
What is the advantage of this system over running a batch file with following commands netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid="ssid" key="password" netsh wlan start hostednetwork netsh wlan show hostednetwork above commands works perfectly for android. I downloaded this software for share my connection to lumia. but not working for lumia 610
by surajkumar on Sep 16, 2013 at 5:30 PM
I use it for my Nokia Lumia to share my notebook's Vodafone Internet Key connection. It would be nice to have an option of popping-up upcoming connection requests, just to be sure to accept trusted ones and to reject others.
by mdesalvo on Aug 15, 2013 at 4:12 PM
The program is very beautiful but the problem does not accept a second time when the IP changes needed proven IP for Mobile works please repair the problem ... thank you
by talash on Jul 28, 2013 at 4:57 AM
Really Helpful
by mdabjalil on Jul 27, 2013 at 1:27 PM
Great little app. No frills or bloat; just does what it says and never complains. Memory footprint is only a few tens of megs which is nice too.
by Psycho0124 on Jul 25, 2013 at 2:00 AM
I downloaded it for my laptop that's hooked up to a LAN. Its as simple as described and I literally had it up and going within 2 minutes after finding this program. Got another laptop, my droid, and whoever else at my house with wifi devices runnin on full bars. No complaints.
by boogy323 on Jul 11, 2013 at 11:19 PM
Creates a connection but internet won't work. It says "Wi-Fi doesn't have a valid IP configuration" on my Windows 8 laptop when if I run the troubleshooter, and "Your phone couldn't connect to the Wi-Fi network mynet because there was no response from the network. Please try again later." on my Lumia 920. I had the exact same problem when trying to create an ad hoc network.
by msbg98 on Jun 9, 2013 at 3:40 AM
Easy installation and works. Only thing I dislike is the range of the WiFi. My devices need to pretty much be right next to my computer to get the the WiFi access, otherwise if I leave the room they get disconnected.
by EddRolls on May 25, 2013 at 7:53 PM
It worked fine at first but then stopped and my phone could not connect to it.
by hary99 on May 15, 2013 at 7:00 PM
It worked someting like minutes then i plugged a usb wireless adapter and something went wrong. I runned the program again and i couldn't start it :S (Maybe it's somehow related because of virutal machine or hamachi, I'm using win 8)
by Windows8Qc on Apr 30, 2013 at 5:26 PM
I looked at and tested a number of programs to share my connection. This is the only one that worked immediately after installation, required no fiddling with settings, didn't drop the signal, and works every time I pull it up. I use it to connect a laptop, an iTouch and my printer. I am running it on a self built rig running Windows 7 Pro.
by rapc on Apr 24, 2013 at 6:26 PM
I already installed virtual manager 0.9. When I tried to install this version, I got the error "1001 Service already installed", wich I am not able to uninstall. Please tell me how to uninstall the old service.
by hesojam on Apr 19, 2013 at 10:46 AM
Great application. It works overall but it doesn't work when connecting via a Nintendo 3DS or using your Ethernet connection as the shared connection. But it works when not using an ethernet connection or using a Nintendo 3DS to connect to the virtual network you created. Great work though! :)
by kamranm1200 on Mar 5, 2013 at 4:50 PM
You don't need this tool in Windows 10. WIndows 10 comes with inbuilt tool to convert your laptop/desktop to a Hotspot :D Goto Network Settings -> Mobile Hotspot -> Turn it on.
by rohitmanglik on Sep 26, 2015 at 8:22 AM