Have just come across this which is rather cool, tested and it works a great!! :-)
Connectify - Turn your Windows 7 laptop into a Wi-Fi Hotspot
Might come in useful for some people out there,
Connectify is actually just a wrapper around Windows 7s native "Virtual WiFi" feature so there is no need to download anything - it's built-in to Windows itself.
In essence, how Virtual WiFi works is very similar to how virtualization works for operating systems which most people are familiar with – the transparent sharing of limited hardware resources to many operating systems. Virtual WiFi, abbreviated to VWiFi, is a software layer that abstracts the wireless LAN card hardware into multiple virtual adapters. The software handles the connections of each adapter to ensure every adapter has an opportunity to connect to their respective networks limited by time. The result is an operating system none-the-wiser and acts as if you have multiple WLAN hardware adapters working independently. (Source)To set up and use Virtual WiFi in Windows 7, without paying a buck, just follow these three simple steps:
- Open an elevated command line with administrative privileges and type
netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=Test key=password
replacing the name and password with your own preference.
- Start the adapter by
netsh wlan start hostednetwork
- Share an existing connection to it by going to the “Properties” of a connection, selecting the “Sharing” tab and enabling ICS and choosing the corresponding Virtual WiFi adapter.
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