I'm using the wireless hosted network feature in Windows 7 to share my internet connection with my other devices, I connect to the wireless network I want to share and start the hosted network:

netsh wlan start hostednetwork

This allows me to connect to an SSID and broadcast another SSID using 1 wireless adapter. I tried using an access point to connect to the wireless router, and connect a router to it to broadcast a new SSID but it didn't work, and I tried to use a repeater which broadcasted the same SSID.

My question is how can I reproduce the same functionality of the Windows 7 hosted network (connect to SSID1 and broadcast SSID2) without using a computer ? using only hardware like access points or routers...

  • What exactly is the "functionality" you are after? Do you want to have two separate SSIDs? Two separate networks? What are you trying to do?
    – terdon
    Jul 13, 2013 at 12:26
  • @terdon I trying to connect to my wireless network and redistribute it using another SSID, and I'm doing this now using the hosted network feature of Windows 7.
    – Pierre
    Jul 13, 2013 at 12:33
  • So, you simply want to have 2 networks with 2 different SSIDs?
    – terdon
    Jul 13, 2013 at 12:41
  • @terdon yes but the first network shares it's internet connection with the second network.
    – Pierre
    Jul 13, 2013 at 12:51
  • scratch that, they were actually access points that I was using as repeaters. I am not at all sure that a repeater can do what you need (if you really need 2 SSIDs) but I'm pretty sure an access point can. I am deleting my answer since it is most probably wrong.
    – terdon
    Jul 13, 2013 at 18:00

1 Answer 1


You can do this only if the devices you have, have the functionality built-in. Sounds like a tautology but it can't be answered in another way.

Another option you have is hard and depends on many variables:

  • OpenWRT project support for your devices
  • your devices support for VIF
  • your devices have enough flash memory to contain all necessary kernel modules and setup tools
  • your skills to setup all this properly ;)

Basically if you can install openwrt on your device, it is a mini linux distro you can play with but the linux drivers for your wifi device need to support that mode of operation which is not guaranteed.

Hope this gives you some idea.

  • Yes, the router must support it first! Not sure why there is a bounty... Jul 23, 2013 at 13:32
  • OpenWRT is more advanced - DD-WRT and Tomato are pretty widely supported and a lot easier to set up. They're more user-friendly too. Worth considering.
    – nhinkle
    Jul 24, 2013 at 19:55

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