Turn Your PC Into A Wifi Router And Share Your Home Internet With Any Device

Umair Shaikh | Wednesday, March 27, 2013 |



Recently I bought a USB based Internet Dongle, which provides wireless access to the Internet everywhere (within the country). Simply plugging the USB into the computer will bring the pop-up box, where I have to enter the Login Details (username and password for Internet connection) and that's it. It gives me a 2 MB connection speed without any download limitation. The reason I bought this Dongle is because my building's Lan connection is having some problem for last 2 weeks and It was getting difficult for me to use Internet at home.

Before buying this device, I was having a Wifi Router in which I connects my building's Lan connection, and then I use Internet on my Laptop and on all the other mobile devices using Wifi Connection. But after buying this USB dongle, I was able to use Internet on my Laptop but not on my Mobile and tablet. The reason behind is simple, there was no Wifi connection to which my Mobile or tablet connects to.

After keeping my mind cool and thinking about it for a while, I finally found a software which can turn my laptop into a Wifi Router. The software name is Virtual Router which is a free software. Using Virtual Router, users can wirelessly share any internet connection (LAN, Cable Modem, Dial-up, Cellular, 3G etc.) with any Wifi device (Laptop, Smart Phone, iPod Touch, iPhone, Android Phone, Zune, Netbook, wireless printer, etc.)

After installing and configuring Virtual Router software on your PC, all of your devices (which supports Wifi) will connect to your PC just like any other access point, and the connection is completely secured using WPA2 (the most secure wireless encryption). Your PC will act like a Wifi Router and then you can connect as many devices you want using the Virtual Wifi Connection build on your PC. It's Super Cool!!!


Note: Unfortunately, Virtual Router will not work on Windows Vista or Windows XP, or any older version of Windows. Virtual Router is only compatible with Windows 7 and Windows 8 since the Virtual Wifi and Wireless Hosted Network features are new features in Windows 7 & 8.

Important Notes

1. Before installing Virtual Router software, make sure that Internet is working on your PC. If you want to share your USB Internet connection with your other Wifi devices, then first make sure that the USB dongle software is installed on your PC and its Internet is working, after that only you Install and configure Virtual Router software as instructed below.

2. Before Installing Virtual Router software, make sure that you are connected to Internet (LAN, Cable Modem, Dial-up, Cellular, 3G etc).

3. Make sure that you are NOT connected to any Wireless network on your PC before installing Virtual Router software. Your Wifi connection on PC should be free, because the software will use that port to transmit your Internet.

4. Disable firewall on your PC. Though it doesn't matter, but I found that sometimes it can create problems for you.

5. Make sure that your Wifi connection is not Disabled and you have the drivers installed for it.

6. Close all the software and browser windows before installing Virtual Router Software.

7. For any technical queries (incase you are having some difficulty and getting some errors), check out this discussion page : http://virtualrouter.codeplex.com/discussions

How To Turn PC Into A Wifi Router And Share Internet With Any Device

1. Visit Virtual Router website from Here

2. Click the download button at the right side of the page.


3. The software is only 1.30 MB in size and will be downloaded within a minute or two. Once downloaded, double click the downloaded file to begin the Installation.


4. Installation steps are easy to follow. Just click next, next and finish to install the software.

5. After installation, if the software doesn't start automatically, then open it from the Start Menu.


6. The software is super easy to use. First you have to give a Network Name and Password for your new Virtual Wifi Network.

Note: You can give your "virtual" wireless network any name you want, and also set the password to anything. Just make sure the password is at least 8 characters.

7. Now at the Shared Connection section, click the drop down menu and select that Network Connection which is currently connected to the Internet.


8. After selecting that network, click Start Virtual Router button to make a new Virtual Wifi Network Connection.

Note: After clicking the Virtual Router button, there is a possibility that your PC gets hang or the Virtual Router Manager software will not respond or gets freeze. I will advise you, just leave the computer, mouse and keyboard for 5 minutes and don't do anything. Because the software is making the Virtual Wifi Network for the very first time, it will take few minutes to complete the process.

9. Once it's connected, you will get the Network Location box. Click the Home network.


10. You will also see the Virtual Router icon at the Notification bar.


11. After successfully creating a Virtual Wireless Network on your PC, now you have to search for this newly created Virtual Wifi Network at your Mobile, Tablet or any other Device which has a Wifi connection. For example, I have an Android phone. I went to its Wifi settings and found this newly created Virtual Wifi Network.

 

12. Once you find this Virtual Wifi Network at your device, click it in order to connect to it. Enter the password and click Connect button.


13. Your device will connect to this Virtual Wifi Network without any worries and you can browse the Internet just like the way you want.

14. You can connect as many devices you want, but of course it will affect the speed of your Internet Connection. You can see the name of the connected devices at the Virtual Router Manager software main screen.


15. If you close the Virtual Router Manager software by clicking the x icon at the top right corner of the software, its icon from the taskbar will also get disappeared. But don't worry, it will not disconnect your connected devices. Just open the software from the Start menu and then you can disconnect the connection by clicking the Stop Virtual Router button.

Last Words

I found Virtual Router software so easy as compare to other softwares which are offering similar functionality. It's a great free software which allows you to easily create a Virtual Wifi Network using your PC's internet connection and makes your PC into a Wifi Router.

Give it a try and then share your Comments / Feedback below.

Download : Virtual Router





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  1. IN WHICH COUNTRY THIS IS APPLICABLE

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    1. You can use this software anytime anywhere. It just broadcast your Internet wirelessly through your PC.

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  2. thanks for really good post sharing with us !
    its means that no WIFI is installing and they give wireless network support.
    only software give us WiFi connection to other device we don't have need of any antenna .is this make Bluetooth sharing

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    1. If you want to use this software on a desktop computer, then definitely you need to have a Wireless card installed on it. As already said in this article, this software uses your wireless network card to transmit your Internet signals to other devices.

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  3. What is a wireless network card?

    It is showing the following message:-

    "Cannot manage virtual Router
    This is not running"

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    1. Are you trying to install it on a Desktop or on a Laptop?. Wireless Network Card is a piece of hardware which gives you use to connect to wireless devices (for e.g. Wireless Router).

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    2. I am trying it on my desktop.

      I am unable do it.

      Please help...

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    3. Akbar, as already said in the article and in the first of my comments, to use this software on your Desktop PC, you need to have a Wireless Network Card Installed. Without this hardware you cannot use it on the Desktop

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    4. I have the same pb while trying it on my laptop

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  4. I have Sony Viao Laptop & BSNL EVDO internet(Wireless), i want to share the laptop internet with my android smartphone, but i dont have any wifi-router or any wifi-modem, all i have got is BSNL EVDO dongle, Sony VAIO Laptop & SONY XPERIA Smartphone.i currently uses internet on laptop but i also want to share the same connection with my phone.
    Is it possible ?

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    1. Using any Laptop, you can share your Internet Connection without needing any Wireless Router or Modem. As already explained in the article, all what you have to do is to install the software and follow the steps exactly as told above.

      The software broadcast your Laptop's Internet connection using the built-in Wireless Network Card (as already explained above) and makes a New Wireless Network. Once the software successfully creates a Wireless Network, you can then connect any mobile to it.

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  5. In my pc I need usb dongle first?

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    1. How you use Internet on your PC (Desktop / Laptop)? If you already have an Internet on it, then just use this software and follow the instructions as explained above.

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  6. When clicked on Start Virtual Router...it is throwing a message as " a deveice attached to the system is not functioning"

    Please help how to overcome this?

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    1. Can you please tell me about your computer setup. Mean, how you connect to Internet? which operating system do you have?

      make sure that your wifi is ON and you are not connected to any wireless network before using Virtual Router.

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    2. i also having the same problem... what is the way to solve it..

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  7. I am impressed with the content you provided. I want to thank you for this informative article. I enjoyed each aspect of it and I will be waiting for the new updates For Mi-Fi.

    What is MiFi, MiFi device, Wi-Fi hotspots

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  8. What version of the WGR614 is this? I have ver. 7 and can't find much of what you're talking about.

    posted by gif maker

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  9. After clicking 'start virtual router' i am getting 'virtual router cannot be started'.help me to solve this problem.

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    1. Please explain how do you connect to the Internet? which OS you are using? Before using virtual router, make sure that your wireless is ON and you are not connected to any wireless network.

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  10. I did what you have said in this article but i m not getting the speed in the connection on my smartphone... why?

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    1. Is the virtual router connected? Did u select the correct connection from the shared connection drop down menu?

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  11. its amazing your are great thanks its working

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  12. Hi,
    I have downloaded and installed in my Laptop. But when I configure, the shared connection does not have my internet connection.what should i do? I am connecting the internet with 3G usb modemwhich i want to share over wifi.

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    1. When you connect your 3G usb modem with your Laptop, does it create a separate network in your Windows?

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    2. USB modem internet also creates a network in Windows and it should display that network name in the Shared Network drop down menu. If it doesn't just restart your computer and then give it a try.

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  13. An event was unable to invoke any of the subscribers(Exception from HRESULT: 0x80040201)

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    1. what about this error??plz help me

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  14. error!!!! coming
    The group or resource is not in the correct state to perform the requested operation.
    WHAT I DO FOR THIS?

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    1. same goes to me

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    2. Same here...

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    3. same problem to me as well wats the soln

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    4. Same problem
      plz help

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  15. my samsung galxy s2 is ceneccted....bt in peers coneccted its showing Mac adress only and irtual routrr box sayin host ame and ip adresd can not b founf...in my samsung s2 nly mac is gie...bt ip not availablr...what to do now?

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    1. pardon for typing mistake in previous query
      plz make my reply as early as possible

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  16. i m having a modem which is not wireless...so i installed virtual router to use my pc internet on canvas 2..bt when i click on start..it said virtual router is unable to start :( plz tell me the solution

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  17. Good post and a great wifi software :-)
    Everything is working fine although sometimes the signal of wifi is there and the connection is active but i can´t get internet access in my tablet!?!?!
    Do you know why this happen?

    Thanks ;-)

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  18. Getting the error "the group or resource is not in the correct state to perform the requested operation". Please do help

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  19. hi is it possible to connect wireless internet -->laptop to mobile.. without using broadband connection..

    i want to access internet in mobile through laptop...

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  21. thanks shaikh bhai...i try my dongel internet to connet virtual mode to mobile by wifi..thanks

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  22. hi..i have installed the virtual router manager..but when i proceed to step 7 (above procedure), it states.."the group or resource is not in the correct state to perform the requested operation"..what shoul i do..i am running a windows 7 laptop..toshiba satellite c640..

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  23. same here, and am not getting my photon dongle internet connection in the drop down list.

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  24. i done all the things given by u but still i m not able to access internet in my micromax canvas hd a116 and already taken ip address but still not working....plz help

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  25. I have a dial-up connection and i have a problem when i connect throw my phone !

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  26. 1.for my android phone it shows host name could not be found and ip address could not be found

    2.though my other pc gets connected i am unable to use internet on it.i am using reliance netconnect.
    please help.

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  27. hi umair,
    thnx for the valuable info. i needed this method to connect a stupid dial-up connection to my android phone Via my laptop.
    but i got a problem as the wifi port on the laptop will already be connected to the wifi router.. so i was wondering if i could use a usb wifi adaptor for that job of transmitting the wifi over to my phone.. will that work???
    plz reply soon... its urgent.

    looking forward for your help.
    GOD BLESS !!!
    .
    PS: if i dont thank you for the reply then plz be kind enough to contact me at www.facebook.com/sherwint79
    i would be really grateful towards your kindness.. thnx bro.:)

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  28. We can also use connectify to create virtual network right?

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  29. It is giving me the same message every time:"Cannot manager virtual router. The service is not running" any ideas?

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  30. I have a Linksys smart wifi router with me Model is EA6300-AC1200 and a USB INTERNET based internet dongle. I dont have PC right now .Is it possible for me to connect the USB based internet dongle to a device like converter on one end and connect the other end with ethernet cable to connect the wifi router and access wifi

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  31. I am trying to create a hotspot for my Reliance Netconnect+ modem but my network is not being listed in the "Shared Connection" dropdown. I am using Windows 7 and my laptop does has a wireless network card because I have used it in the past to connect to wi-fi networks. I have tried restarting my system but it doesn't works.

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  32. its great software

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  33. Can u please tell me if i am using 3g on my smartphone and i connect my laptop to my phn and use net through phn...den also i can share net...

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  35. I don't have a WiFi Router....

    Do this still work without a Router?

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  36. I don't have a WiFi Router....

    Do this still work without a Router?

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  37. I installed it and i can see my Wireless Internet connection here but when i am pressing "start virtual router " it shows the group or resource is not in the correct state to perform the requested operation .Could you please tell what is the reason ?

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  38. I installed it and i can see my Wireless Internet connection here but when i am pressing "start virtual router " it shows the group or resource is not in the correct state to perform the requested operation .Could you please tell what is the reason ?

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  39. please helpwhen I am trying to connect with my iphone 4g...and enter the password so unable to join the network????

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  40. When clicked on Start Virtual Router...it is throwing a message as " a deveice attached to the system is not functioning"

    Please help how to overcome this?

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  41. I have dell i5 windows 8
    when i click on start virtual router it give msg as " the group or resource is not in the correct state to perform the required operation".

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  42. I have dell i5 windows 8
    when i click on start virtual router it give msg as " the group or resource is not in the correct state to perform the required operation".

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  43. Using wifi in my Lumia 800 but its too much slow .what should do for increasing the speed?

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  44. it says failed to obtain ip address.

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  45. i have installed this but on starting virtual router its not working.reason given "the group or resource is not in correct state to perform the requested operation.

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  46. On my mobile andriod device it is saying I am connected, but I am not getting any internet access. Help please

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  47. It says can't manage virtual router, The service s nt runing, Im usung a Windows 7 pc , Reliance 2G data card and a bluetooth adapter .

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  48. amazing software, thanks for sharing.

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    1. the group or resource is not in the correct state to perform the requested operation
      when i try it it show this type of error plz help me....

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  49. the group or resource is not in the correct state to perform the requested operation
    when i try it it show this type of error plz help me....

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  50. the group or resource is not in the correct state to perform the requested operation....???what is it...this error is displaying after clicking "start virtual router"

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  51. no connection is showing in the shared connection 'drop down menu'

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  52. Is this for real? I can finally play on my ps3 again!

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  53. online money making http://visitprofit.com/?ref=112324

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  54. My laptop working with Windows 7 and my Nokia phone with Symbian .. After installation .. At Shared Connection section, when I click the drop down menu, I can't see and select that Network Connection (Evdo 3g wireless usb modem) which is currently connected to the Internet. Pls help me?

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  55. im using 3G Qubee internet in my laptop but the software giving me this error when i want use this software ,,,the group or resource is not in the correct state to perform the requested operation , plz tell me salution

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    1. i am also facing the same problem. this does not work.

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  56. i downloaded this. but i am clicking on "START VIRTUAL ROUTER" it is showing "THE GROUP OR RESOURCE IS NOT IN THE CORRECT STATE TO PERFORM THE REQUESTED OPERATION"

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  57. Hi,

    I had installed virtual router in my laptop windows 7 OS.
    when i am starting the virtual router button

    I am getting group or resource is not in correct state to perform requested operation. I am not able to connect to my tab.

    Please let us know if i miss anything.

    -Thanks
    GVS

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  58. Dear friend,
    When clicked on Start Virtual Router...it is throwing a message as " a deveice attached to the system is not functioning".
    I m using tata photon plus. probably a 2g cdma dongle.

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  59. I am using WIndows 7 with Tata Photon Dongle Internet Connection.
    And when I click on Start Virtual Connection it is giving error "The group or the resource is not in a correct state to perform requested opertaion".
    My Wireless Card on the laptop is turned on and also i checked ICS is also enabled.

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  60. its not running on windows 7 ultimate...what to do

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    1. it is running and fast.
      am using it presently

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  61. I tried installing last night but it shows "NONE" on the Shared Connection button. I was able to connect my smartphone and it did register on the Virtual Router interface but it indicates that the smartphone has no internet access. I am using a broadband dongle as my internet access provided by Smart Telecoms Philippines.

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  62. it does show local connection 2 in sharing part it show none

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  63. Replies
    1. Hi,

      Please hlep me . How it is perfect.....?

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  64. Hi,

    I have installed sucessfully. But it not working . It does not show any connection in Shared Connection.Even 3G Evo is connected with laptop.

    Please help me in this regard.

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  65. Doesnt work for me!On shared connection it only has the "NONE" option!

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  66. i don't get any other option in the shared coonection box other than "none".... there is no option "local area network 2"... what should i do...?

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  67. heloo i am using dell studio laptop and using tataphoton for internet .
    i want to asses net on my andriod phone its jallybeen based

    softwere is installed
    but when i select my modem its showing ..

    the group and resoureses is not in the correct stat to plateform the requsted operation

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  68. i am using micromax dongle so it is not showing shared connection

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  69. thank you its really working so good

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  70. my laptop show cannot manage virtual router,its not running,my laptop os is w7 and the model is lenovo thinkpad e430,plez help

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  71. i need help.
    i use windows 7 , 64 bit, my laptop is so good, before this program i was using connectify hotspot it was working great, but now i cant crack the new update and the old version is stopped working,
    i installed Virtual Router and uninstalled more than 10 time , i get this problim when i want to start connection in Virtual Router, it says Virtual Router could not start. so please help me

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  72. i have connected but there is no data transfer. internet is working well on my laptop.not working on my android. even it shows connected.

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  73. I followed the guide above and it worked. Thank you

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  74. Thank you very much!
    It works!

    ---
    Vally

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  75. "The group or resource is not in the correct state to perform the requested operation" this msg is shown after starting the virtual router

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  76. i have did all the procedures and in shared connection its showing none.but when i checked with my mobile the wifi is connected but im not able to access the net..

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  77. Hi there,

    I am using a cell c dongle and the error is " the group or resource is not in the correct state to perform the requested operation". is there any way you can help me with this?

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  78. "cannot manage virtual router. the service is not running" - this dialogue appears at the bottom of the VRM screen, with all the options disabled. PBI that I'm running a windows 7 pc with USB dongle.

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  79. Hi Shaikh,
    i am connecting to the net through ALFA wireless adapter to get good single in win 7 lap top.... can the Virtual Wifi Network work with me to get wifi signal on my android phone and i pad

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    1. its great and i am using this presently on my lappy as well as on my xperia both
      i works great
      thanks for the information

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  81. its super dude.....

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  82. thanks a lot you give me the best solution. it works great on my win 7 laptops.

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  83. already connected through wife but there is problem for the HOST NAME AND IP ADDRESS ?I don't know which is host name?

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  84. I tried to use this to get my son's xbox 360 online and his nobby and it doesn't work with either. The nobby tries to join but just constantly fails and I keep getting an IP adress error with the xbox. My wife's phone does pick up the connection and work fine on it though.

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  85. Can I share my dial-up/VPN connections(which needs user name and password to dial) via my laptop's Wifi??

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  86. i used it it start but phone is not being connecting it keep on showing getting ip address...
    please help me

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  87. i used it it start but phone is not being connecting it keep on showing getting ip address...
    please help me

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  88. i m getting, ' cannot manage virtual router, the service is not running '
    I have Win7, tried uninstalling and reinstalling software but nothing worked, also not getting home network option, first time we got that option but now its not. please suggest

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  89. Thanks a lot. It gave a new life for the internet usage for more devices :-)

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  91. After installing please restart your laptop/computer. Once machine is up the Virtual Router will show up by itself. Else open Virtual Device and follow the steps as explained.

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  92. can i crate wifi from dail up connection ?

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