Virtual Router: Connectify Alternative

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.

#freeware#Internet#Virtual Router#WiFi#Windows 7


  1. Marcelo - September 5, 2010 @ 2:41 am

    Virtual router coud not be started :S

  2. Vincent - September 5, 2010 @ 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.

  3. Paul Tech - September 6, 2010 @ 8:24 pm

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

  4. Vincent - September 6, 2010 @ 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.

  5. Buzzknow - December 21, 2010 @ 11:43 am


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


    • Vincent - December 21, 2010 @ 11:40 pm

      @Buzzknow, is Virtual Router working fine for you?

  6. Kirk - January 2, 2011 @ 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!

    • Vincent - January 2, 2011 @ 5:38 pm

      You’re welcome Kirk. Happy New Year 🙂

  7. plaban - January 6, 2011 @ 1:34 am

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

    • Vincent - January 8, 2011 @ 6:22 pm

      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.

  8. saini - February 7, 2011 @ 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


  9. CJ - February 28, 2011 @ 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.

  10. atlp - March 25, 2011 @ 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 help» Thanks. atlp (Portugal)

  11. harsha - September 25, 2011 @ 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.

  12. Kelly Blanchette - December 11, 2011 @ 10:36 pm

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

  13. PutraRocker - December 13, 2011 @ 3:59 pm


  14. Swendyhow - May 11, 2012 @ 2:04 pm

    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:

  15. Osama Khodrog - November 21, 2012 @ 10:48 pm

    Hi All,

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

    thank you

  16. Elga - July 6, 2013 @ 5:12 am

    The most useful software I ever hade is Maxidix Hotsot.

    • Elga - July 6, 2013 @ 5:12 am

      * Maxidix Hotspot. Sorry 🙂

      • Mariq - July 8, 2013 @ 6:01 am

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

  17. danlalala - February 27, 2014 @ 5:09 pm

    I find this software: My WIFI Router(, it rums great!

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