Connectify makes sharing of internet connection via Wi-Fi on Windows 7 easier than ever. But in case it’s not working properly on your machine, or you desire a simpler interface (as if Connectify is not simple enough), you may want to try Virtual Router.

How easy can it be? Just simply enter your desired SSID and password, click on “Start Virtual Router” and off you go.

Virtual Router

After starting, your friends can connect to the Wi-Fi network and start going online using your internet connection. It works great at times, but at some other times, it’ll say “Virtual Router could not be started“, at least on my laptop. I still couldn’t figure it out yet.

Update: If both Connectify and Virtual Router refuse to work, try setting up an ad hoc network and share your connection via Wi-Fi without using any software.






This post has 24 comments.

  1. Marcelo
    05 Sep 10
    2:41 am

    Virtual router coud not be started :S

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  2. Vincent
    05 Sep 10
    4:03 pm

    It happens too on my laptop. At times it would work without any problem, but at other times, it says “Virtual router could not be started”. Otherwise it would be a perfect app.

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  3. It doesn’t work well for me, I guess the beta version still require much fine tuning.

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  4. Vincent
    06 Sep 10
    11:35 pm

    Too bad the author don’t seems to be active in this project anymore. The same beta version had not been updated for like forever. I really like to use it, when it works.

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  5. Hi,

    thanks for alternative, i’ve try connectify but too slow when startup, and sometimes failed to startup :|

    thanks

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    Vincent replied:

    @Buzzknow, is Virtual Router working fine for you?

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  6. Kirk
    02 Jan 11
    5:05 pm

    Wow, thanks a lot man! I’ve tried many ways to share my 3G internet via WiFi, one of them being Connectify but it just doesn’t work. I’ve tried doing it manually to no avail. But Virtual Router did work. You saved me from buying a physical router, thanks!

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    Vincent replied:

    You’re welcome Kirk. Happy New Year :)

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  7. plaban
    06 Jan 11
    1:34 am

    After reinstalling windows both connectify and virtual router are not working.Is there another option?

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    Vincent replied:

    I’m sorry plaban, it seems like Connectify and Virtual Router is the only two freeware to share connection via wifi.

    Other alternatives are all commercial product.

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  8. saini
    07 Feb 11
    9:42 pm

    dear sir

    virtual router work proprly in one day and next day his show the error “VIRTUAL ROUTER COULD NOT BE STARTER

    PLS HELP ME

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  9. CJ
    28 Feb 11
    3:05 pm

    Hello everybody! I’ve just discovered the solution to that problem just this time. My virutal router was working fine a few hours ago and suddenly my sister was complaining because it stopped working. I’ve been thinking what I did before it happened and I realized that I turned off the wi-fi of my laptop. And when I turned it on and start my virtual router, it worked! So you should turn-on your wi-fi first before you start the virtual router so that you will not encounter the error again. Hope this will also work to all of you too.

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  10. atlp
    25 Mar 11
    11:36 pm

    Hello everybody,I have the same problem. I updated my Intel 4965agn driver with no sucess! I’ve got the message ‘… could not be started’… Any kindly helpĀ» Thanks. atlp (Portugal)

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    krishna replied:

    @atlp, : use “mhotspot” you dont need to install thw software.

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  11. harsha
    25 Sep 11
    3:09 am

    Virtual wifi router is a cool and light weight app to create a wifi hotspot in just few clicks and loaded with lot of features.

    check it out.
    http://www.virtualwifirouter.com

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  12. For the reasons I don’t know, my Shared Connection list isn’t showing anything

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  13. thisisbadbero

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  14. Hi everyone, I have tried another free software named Virtual Hotspot similar to Connectify but better. It works perfectly on Windows 7, XP, Vista. Super easy to use. Only several clicks, I can have my iPhone connected. Never have a problem to connect to the Wi-Fi. Most importantly, it’s free! Free! Free again! That is why I love Virtual Hotspot the most:D:D:D. Try: http://www.virtualhotspot.net

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  15. Osama Khodrog
    21 Nov 12
    10:48 pm

    Hi All,

    Now you can use MyRouter a new version from MyRouter Co.

    http://myroutervwr.info/

    thank you

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  16. Elga
    06 Jul 13
    5:12 am

    The most useful software I ever hade is Maxidix Hotsot.
    http://www.maxidix.com/products/hotspot

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    Elga replied:

    * Maxidix Hotspot. Sorry :)

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    Mariq replied:

    @Elga, thanx! I have tried Maxidix Hotspot and like it very much.

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  17. danlalala
    27 Feb 14
    5:09 pm

    I find this software: My WIFI Router(www.mywifirouter.me), it rums great!

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