Is there a good alterantive to Connectify Pro to turn Windows 7 into a WiFi hotspot?

Ashwin Ramesh January 27, 2013
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I have a USB dongle with me. I want to turn my Windows 7 to a WiFi hotspot so that I can use internet on my mobile, too.

I have tried Mary-Fi and Virtual Router Manager. Both pop up with network error. Connectify needs a Pro account if I have to use my USB’s internet and setup a hotspot. Do you know any decent alternative to these?

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  1. Jeff
    July 19, 2013 at 5:47 pm
  2. Jonas Eikeland
    February 28, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    You can actually create a wifi hotspot from the Command prompt.
    Just follow these simple steps, and you should have it ready to run.

    1. Open Command prompt as administrator.
    2.type in: netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow SSID=Test key=1234
    (You can name your SSID and key to whatever you want it to be)
    3. Type: netsh wlan start hostednetwork
    (To stop it type: netsh wlan stop hostednetwork)

  3. Nevzat Akkaya
    February 13, 2013 at 11:47 am

    I hada a similar wish and I've tried many of the alternatives too, unfortunately I still can't do this properly. I hope something new comes out among these answers so I can share my PC's internet with my phone too. My only solution was buying a Reverse USB Tether app on my Android. It partially solved mine.

    • vikram
      May 29, 2013 at 8:10 am

      why do u nt try connectify???

  4. Aleksandra Huey
    February 5, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    No need for any software, Windows 7 has integrated option to be used as WiFi hotspot, just share your USB internet : http://mobileoffice.about.com/od/internet-sharing-tethering/ht/how-to-share-internet-connection-on-windows7.htm

  5. Adam Basha
    January 29, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    I think most probably you are using Net Protector

  6. Adam Basha
    January 29, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    I think its ur Antivirus program which is blocking. Uninstall antivirus and try if you can succeed. If you, then the problem is with antivirus. Which one do u use ?

    • vikram
      May 29, 2013 at 7:37 am

      y uninstall Dear Sir ! just remove real time protection for 10 minuite of time,,,

      and visit my site for more cracked software we also provide fast support for any software thanx

    • @dam
      May 30, 2013 at 2:27 pm

      Dear Vikram sir, that doesn't help, especially if u are using Net Protector. It does not allow as I've tried that and later uninstalled it. Now I'm able to connect to Wifi on my mobile. Many answers say that antivirus is the main reason for blocking Wifi hotspot in google search too. Anyway thanks.

  7. Raghav Gupta
    January 29, 2013 at 4:17 am

    Why go for something like this when you do not really need it.
    You can do it without any software all from itself.

  8. Tech Nech
    January 28, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    Follow these steps and you won't need connectify or anyother softwares:

    1. Go to network and sharing centre.
    2. click on setup a new connection.
    3. give the name and password and click on next.
    4. After its done setting up its self, just click on turn on internet sharing and thats it! Enoy!

    But you need to make sure that your laptop's or pc's WIFI is turned on!

  9. Nikhil Chandak
    January 28, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    Did u tried wifi hotspot creator
    or u can get some more alternatives to connectify here :
    http://alternativeto.net/software/connectify/

  10. FIDELIS
    January 28, 2013 at 6:08 am

    Hello, here are some options for you:

    Virtual Router:
    http://virtualrouter.codeplex.com/

    Tonido: (not hotspot by creates a cloud storage for your devices)
    http://www.tonido.com/

  11. Meena Bassem
    January 27, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    two apps showing network error? are you sure your wireless adapter is working fine? and is it's driver correctly installed?
    i used virtual router manager before and it worked fine

  12. Jan Fritsch
    January 27, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    Most of these applications use the Virtual Hosted Network feature that is built into Windows.

    If you are seeing a network errors in two of these applications I would assume the problem comes from within Windows e.g. a damaged Virtual WiFi Miniport adapter.

    First you should make sure that the Virtual WiFi isn't running in the background:
    Start > All Programs > Accessories
    right click on Command Prompt and click on Run as administrator
    enter "netsh wlan stop hostednetwork"

    Then retry those applications. If you are still seeing the same error I would suggest to get to the bottom of it (trying to solve it) as it will most likely cause other "SoftAP" solutions to fail too.

  13. ha14
    January 27, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    The following create ad-hoc network if the wireless card or drivers do not support the virtual wifi feature

    Virtual Router turns any Windows 7 or Windows 2008 R2 Computer into a Wifi Hot Spot using Windows 7's Wireless Hosted Network (Virtual Wifi) technology
    http://virtualrouter.codeplex.com

    Windows Virtual Wifi
    http://community.spiceworks.com/how_to/show/897-how-to-set-up-virtual-wifi-in-windows-7

    SeventhGate enables Windows 7 and Server 2008R2 computers with wireless network card to turn into simple wireless routers. SeventhGate waits in system tray for You to start the network. If no longer needed, just turn it off and let Your machine free up all the resources.
    http://seventhgate.codeplex.com/

    MaryFi
    http://www.softpedia.com/get/Network-Tools/Misc-Networking-Tools/MaryFi.shtml

    Whisher
    http://www.whisher.com/

    Wifi Hotspot Creator
    http://www.wifihotspotcreator.com/index.html

  14. Switchblade Rebirth
    January 27, 2013 at 12:11 pm
    • Jeff
      July 19, 2013 at 5:49 pm

      I use this also on my new Windows 8 PC.

  15. Switchblade Rebirth
    January 27, 2013 at 12:11 pm
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