I think that I should see a
Virtual Wifi Miniport Adapter in
- the Network Connections area of the Control Panel or
- the Device Manager
but I do not. I'm wondering if there is a way to show it that I have missed...?
My physical wireless card is a
ASUS PCE-N13 - Wireless PCI-Express Adapter - 802.11b/g/n. At the command line, it is indicated that this adapter does support use in a hosted network:
C:\Windows\system32>netsh wlan show drivers Interface name: Wireless Network Connection Driver : ASUS 802.11n Wireless LAN Card Vendor : Pegatron corporation Provider : Ralink Technology, Corp. Date : 4/19/2011 Version : 220.127.116.11 INF file : C:\Windows\INF\oem115.inf Files : 3 total C:\Windows\system32\DRIVERS\netr28x.sys C:\Windows\system32\RaCoInstx.dll C:\Windows\system32\RaCoInst.dat Type : Native Wi-Fi Driver Radio types supported : 802.11b 802.11g 802.11n FIPS 140-2 mode supported : Yes Hosted network supported : Yes Authentication and cipher supported in infrastructure mode: Open None Open WEP-40bit Open WEP-104bit Open WEP Shared WEP-40bit Shared WEP-104bit Shared WEP WPA-Enterprise TKIP WPA-Enterprise CCMP WPA-Personal TKIP WPA-Personal CCMP WPA2-Enterprise TKIP WPA2-Enterprise CCMP WPA2-Personal TKIP WPA2-Personal CCMP Vendor defined TKIP Vendor defined CCMP WPA2-Enterprise Vendor defined WPA2-Enterprise Vendor defined Vendor defined Vendor defined Vendor defined Vendor defined Vendor defined Vendor defined Authentication and cipher supported in ad-hoc mode: Open None Open WEP-40bit Open WEP-104bit Open WEP WPA2-Personal CCMP Vendor defined Vendor defined
More details that probably don't matter. My end goal is to set up a wifi hotspot from my desktop (which houses the card mentioned above) that I can connect my laptop and Android phone to. I'm using an Ethernet card to connect to the internet, and am attempting to route the internet from there to my wireless card. This works fine for (what Windows calls) an ad hoc network, but my Android phone doesn't seem to see it. As a result, I've been looking into more convoluted alternatives, like this Virtual Wifi stuff.
What I've tried.
- Disabling and re-enabling my wireless card (to no effect)
- Showing hidden devices in the Device Manager (to no effect)
- Going through the console commands as if the Virtual Adapter were there (that is,
netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allowthen
netsh wlan start hostednetwork, which tells me
The hosted network couldn't be started. The group or resource is not in the correct state to perform the requested operation.)