Internet connections remain one of the most valuable resources in today’s world that is driven by connectivity and accessibility. For this reason, Internet connections should be seamlessly sharable. Unfortunately, the process of sharing internet connections can be very daunting and complicated on Windows. Enter Virtual Router.
Virtual Router is a super lightweight program designed to facilitate the use of any computer on the Windows operating system into a quick Wi-Fi hotspot. The program is even more essential for the Windows 7, 8 and 8.1 versions of Windows but works just fine with earlier and later versions. At the click of a single button, the freeware allows anyone to create a hotspot that other devices and computers can connect to via Wi-Fi without any hassle.
With Virtual Router, users can wirelessly split their internet connection irrespective of the primary source. This means that if you have an internet connection from a device (LAN, Dial-up, Cable modem, Cellular or Wi-Fi), you can share the connection wirelessly with phones, Netbooks, iPods, iPhones, Androids and even printers as the app uses a protocol to create an access point with a completely secured wireless encryption, the WPA2.
Virtual Router can be used anywhere including homes, offices, schools, cafes, bus stations, diners and work hubs. There is an even more interesting benefit that comes with using this software. Asides it being free of charge, the developer saves people the ordeals of being tormented with ads. This way, users can use the service without having to always stream videos or take offers as may be seen in some of its alternatives. There is also an advantage in knowing that since the software is not ad-supported, your history and web traffic is not going to be tracked like other ad-supported aps and spyware programs do.
The WPA2 encryption featured herein cannot be turned off and is actually a feature of the Wireless hosted network API’s that has been configured into Windows 7 and 2008 to ensure that the highest possible protection and encryption is attained when using the service. Users can name the Virtual wireless network any name they desire and set the password to anything they have in mind. Just be sure to have at least 8 characters. You can opt to be purely alphabetic, alphanumeric or use a combination of alphabets, numbers and symbols.
Virtual Router users may commonly experience an error message which reads “Virtual Router Plus Could not be Started”, in other cases, the app may present a DLL error. Whatever the case may be, the solutions to these are fairly easy and hassle-free.
- Virtual Router could not be started
There are about 3 ways to solve this issue. Let’s get into it:
- First, ensure that you have the latest driver for your WI-FI. You can do this by heading to the device manager in control panel and selecting Wireless adapters from the list. Right-click and select update.
- If your Wi-Fi drivers are up to date. Click start and type cmd. Press “Cntl+Shift+Enter” to open the Command prompt as Admin. Copy and paste these commands into the cmd one after the other:
netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=Test key=password
netsh wlan start hostednetwork
- Re-launch your Virtual Router app. It should work
- If the above still doesn’t solve the problem, the final and most certain step will be to open your network connections. From the explorer, right-click network. Click properties and change adapter settings. Disable the Wi-Fi adapter by right-clicking it and choosing disable from the list of options. Do not disable the one created by Virtual Router.
- As soon as it is disabled, re-enable it and close the window. Retry Virtual
- No internet access when the Wi-Fi is connected.
If you have been able to successfully create your hotspot and have any issues with connectivity or see the no internet access message when you hover around the connection on the connected device, the solution is very simple.
Open the network and sharing centre and select the properties of the current network that has an internet connection. Navigate to the sharing tab and enable internet sharing
- DLL errors
Users may be sometimes greeted with DLL errors when trying to start or use the program. These errors may be claim that a particular system file is missing from the system and that reinstalling the software may fix the issue. To solve this:
- Simply note the name of the you missing or corrupted file and go to dll online storage.
- Search for the latest version DLL file on the site and download the compressed zip folder
- Extract the zip folder to the desired location, open the extracted folder and copy the DLL file.
- Paste it in this folder – C:\Windows\System32