Free App Turns Windows Into a Wireless Router

Free software is now available that enables Internet connections to be shared using Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 operating systems.

The new Virtual Router software, developed by a Microsoft MVP and released last week at the CodePlex site, enables wireless router capabilities for Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2. It transforms those OSes into wireless routers and allows the sharing of any Internet connection. Typically, router hardware would need to be present to share an Internet connection, but Virtual Router can create a wireless access point without it.

Virtual Router might come into play when just one Internet connection is available. It might be used at conferences, for example, or while visiting someone else's home.

Virtual Router supports any Wi-Fi-enabled device, allowing it to connect wirelessly regardless of the type of Internet connection. The connection could be through a LAN, a cellular network, Wi-Fi access point, cable modem and even dial-up modem.

The software defaults to the current WPA2 protocol for secure wireless connectivity, and that protocol can't be turned off. The developer of Virtual Router says that WPA2 encryption is built into the Wireless Hosted Network APIs in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 as a security precaution. Users can name their Windows wireless network and set a password.

Virtual Router is free software available through Microsoft's CodePlex community site, which is a distribution point for open source software for Windows-based systems. The author says that Virtual Router is free of ads, as well.

The Virtual Router application is currently available as a 0.9 beta test version. It can be downloaded at the CodePlex site here.

About the Author

Kurt Mackie is online news editor for the 1105 Enterprise Computing Group.

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Reader Comments:

Wed, Jul 18, 2012 Phone info please

Can this work on an iPhone on its current safari search engine?

Wed, May 25, 2011 Luis

This software is just a wrapper for existing Win7 functionality. Searching for "windows 7 netsh hostednetwork" finds hundreds of pages that explain how to do it. See also: About the Wireless Hosted Network

Wed, May 25, 2011

there is already a software which has been doing this for ages: This is much needed in windows phone 7 though.

Tue, May 24, 2011

If I'm reading that right, the current version was uploaded in 2009. Not exactly fresh news.

Tue, May 24, 2011

Now, do this for Windows Phone!!!

Tue, May 24, 2011 Preston Johnson

Mac OS X has had this built into the OS for years.

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