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Creating virtual access points with Windows 7

Previously, I had always believed that the only way you could create a fake (aka virtual) access point was using a wireless card that supported monitor mode, Linux, and software like hostapd. Well, with the introduction of Windows Vista/7, Microsoft now requires certified drivers to support monitor mode, which allows the user to (among other things) create virtual access points.

Two free programs that take advantage of this are Connectify (free) and an open-source project (currently in beta) called Virtual Router. Turning your internet connected system into an access point can be useful for certain types of penetration testing, as well as just to allow those around you to access  your internet connection if they are unable to get connectivity.

Connectify Demo:

For more information about Virtual Router, check out the detailed review on freeware genius.

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Categories: Network, Tech, Windows
  1. Kudeep
    April 8, 2011 at 4:43 PM

    I tried both Connectify and Virtual Router Manager but none of them helped me.
    I have tata photon plus wireless card connection..Connectify crashes the internet connection which causes the unexpected shut down.. . and Virtual Router Manager gives me error – ‘Virtual Router could not be started.

  2. Denis
    May 4, 2011 at 3:41 PM

    I had the same problem “Virtual router could not be started”. Looked up loads of sites, still nothing worked. Connectify worked and boosted the signal but my HTC Desire while it could connect it couldn’t get to the internet. Again none of the techhnie sites resolved it.

    • June 21, 2011 at 4:06 AM

      dude…i had the same problem when i tried to share wifi for my GALAXY ACE….in android forums i have found an alternative for this..

      use “mhotspot”…noo need to install..it…jus download it n run it….

  3. Nevin
    September 28, 2011 at 2:12 PM

    everytime i click the START button, my laptop freezes.. what to do now?

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