Saturday, March 3, 2012

Create Wireless Hosted Networks in Windows 7 Using Laptop

Step 1: Run command prompt in Administrator privilege. Go to Run box ,type cmd and press CTRL+SHIFT+ENTER instead of ENTER

Step 2: Activate Your Internet Connection

Step 3: Go to Network and Sharing Center à Change Adapter Settings

Step 4: Activate your WiFi in your laptop

Step 5: Type the following codes in command prompt.
netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=YourVirtualNetworkName  key=YourNetworkPassword

Of course, replace the SSID and key placeholders with your desired network name and WPA2-PSK encryption key.

Before you enable the Hosted Network, you can configure the real network adapter to share its Internet access using the Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) feature of Windows. This way people connecting to the virtual AP will receive Internet access. You can leave the Command Prompt open so you can start the Hosted Network later.

To enable ICS, navigate through the Control Panel or Network and Sharing Center to bring up the Network Connections window. Then right-click the network adapter that’s connected to the Internet and select Properties. Then select the Sharing tab, check the Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s Internet connection, choose the Hosted Network Connection from the drop-down listbox, and click OK.

Now return to the Command Prompt and enter the following to enable the Hosted Network:

netsh wlan start hostednetwork

To manually turn the Hosted Network off, enter the following:

netsh wlan stop hostednetwork

To see the Hosted Network details including the MAC addresses of connected users, enter the following:

netsh wlan show hostednetwork

To change the WPA2-PSK key, you can enter the following:

netsh wlan refresh hostednetwork YourNewNetworkPassword


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