Virtual Router Manager is a free program for Microsoft Windows devices that can turn a Windows PC into a wireless hotspot.
Connectify was the first downloadable application that used the virtual Wifi capabilities of Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system that allowed you to turn the computer system into a Wifi hotspot.
The developers offered the program as a beta version that could be freely downloaded. Their intention on the other hand was to sell the software program once they managed to compile a retail version of the virtual Wifi software.
Virtual Router is another application that has been released a few days ago as beta that makes use of the virtual Wifi options in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.
Unlike Connectify though it has been released on Codeplex which suggests that the program will remain free even after it has been released as a final version.
The installer of the program holds no surprises. Installation is straightforward, and you can launch the program directly after installation on the computer system.
Please note that Virtual Router Manager works only on Windows 7 or newer Windows operating systems.
The program's interface lists only a few options. The Start Virtual Router button being the most important. This button is only active if the computer uses a supported wireless adapter, and if the service is running.
Other options include changing the network name, password (recommended as the default password is always the same). Virtual Router uses WPA2 Encryption to protect the wireless network.
The program lists all peers that are connected to the virtual wireless router in the interface as well. This is helpful to make sure that only authorized connections are present.
Virtual Router can be downloaded from the program's Codeplex page. It is only compatible with Microsoft Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 (or newer versions of Windows) and requires a compatible wireless adapter.
The program's last update dates back to 2013. While it should work just fine on all versions of Windows, it seems as if the project itself has been abandoned by its developer.
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