Windows 7 brought an entirely new realm of features and functionalities to the world of Windows, and one of the least known yet highly useful features that were introduced with Windows 7 is the Microsoft Virtual WiFi Mini Port Adapter. The Virtual WiFi Adapter is designed to basically virtualize the physical network adapter that every computer has. This means that, using the Microsoft Virtual WiFi Mini Port Adapter, you can turn the physical network adapter that their computer has into two virtual network adapters.
One of the two virtual network adapters can then be used to connect to the regular wireless network, whereas the other can be used to connect to another network such as an ad-hoc or turned into a WiFi Hotspot that users of other networks can connect to. Most people do not know exactly how they can turn a virtual network adapter into a Wireless Access Point so that their computer can be used as a WiFi Hotspot. Well, there are two methods that you can use to easily turn the Microsoft Virtual WiFi Mini Port Adapter into a Wireless Access Point for others two connect to.
However, before the Microsoft Virtual WiFi Mini Port Adapter can be turned into a Wireless Access Point using any method, the computer’s main network adapter needs to be allowed to share its internet connection with devices that connect to it through the virtual one. To do so, you will have to go to Network and Sharing Center, click on Change Adapter Settings, going over to the Sharing tab and checking the box beside the Allow other network users to connect through this computer’s internet connection option.
Method 1: Set up a Wireless Access Point using a Command Prompt
1. Open the Start Menu
2. Type cmd in the search field and press the Enter key.
3. In the window that pops up, type netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=VirtualNetworkName key=Password, replacing “VirtualNetworkName” with the desired name of the Access Point and “”Password” with the desired password of the Access Point.
4. Next, type netsh wlan start hostednetwork into the Command Prompt and press Enter. This will enable the Wireless Access Point and the Access Point will then be visible in other users’ lists of wireless networks.
5. To see details related to the Wireless Access Point at any time, type netsh wlan show hostednetwork into an open Command Prompt.