All of us have an Internet connection on our PC or Laptop, but what if you’ve got a bunch of devices? You don’t need to buy different Internet connections for each of your devices. You can easily convert your PC into a Wi-Fi Hotspot and connect all your devices to it, with the help of Virtual Router Manager. Virtual Router Manager, turns any Windows 7 | 8 computer into a Wi-Fi Hot Spot using Wireless Hosted Network technology and is written by Chris Pietschmann, a Microsoft MVP for Bing Maps.
Virtual Router Manager
Virtual Router is a very useful and handy tool that lets you share your Internet Connection with any of your Wi-Fi enabled device. You can even further extend your internet connection using this software. It is very easy to operate and requires no major configuration steps at all!
You simply need to choose a good name for your hotspot connection. You can even make it more secure by supplying it with a password. You can also choose which network connection to share. This was very useful to me as I connect my laptop to 2-3 Wi-Fi networks at a time. One, I use for Internet browsing and the other for File Sharing or testing purposes. This option allowed me to share a specific network only.
Use Virtual Router Manager as Internet Connection Extender
You can use Virtual Router Manager software to extend your internet connection to a wider range. Here is a quick tutorial:
1. Connect to a working Internet connection (wired or wireless).
2. Install and Run Virtual Router Manager.
3. Give a network name and password.
4. Under Shared Connection, choose the connection to which you’ve connected in the very first step.
5. Click on ‘Start Virtual Router’ Button.
Now your laptop or PC is acting as an Internet connection extender. If you’ve already had a Wi-Fi Router, you can now extend its range with the help of your Wi-Fi enabled Windows machine.
Virtual Router has been written in C# and is completely free. The software has been licensed as Open Source, so without any hesitations you can use it anywhere: Home, Work Place, Library or just anywhere.
Click here to download Virtual Router Manager.
While you can always Enable Internet Connection Sharing & Create a Wi-Fi hotspot in Windows 8 natively, this tool, like Connectify or WiFi HotSpot Creator can help you do so easily.