hostapd Alternatives for Windows

    hostapd is not available for Windows but there are plenty of alternatives that runs on Windows with similar functionality. The best Windows alternative is Virtual Router Plus, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 10 alternatives to hostapd and 15 are available for Windows so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Windows alternatives to hostapd are Connectify Hotspot (Paid), AndroidWifi (Free), Open Garden (Free) and Virtual Wifi Router Version 2 (Free).

    This page was last updated Oct 9, 2020

    1. Improvements from Virtual Router : - Works on Windows 8 and Windows 2012 - Solved the problem of "Virtual router could not be started" - No installation needed - Do not start background service so anything is under your control

      Warning

      Chrome blocks download from official site. Use Sourceforge download: https://sourceforge.net/projects/virtualrouterpl/

    2. With Connectify Hotspot, you can transform your PC into a real WiFi hotspot, and share your computer’s Internet connection as Wi-Fi with any other PC or mobile device.
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    3. Set of batch scripts that can be used on Windows 7 to share your wifi connection with any mobile device. This script is especially made for android mobile devices.
    4. Open Garden allows your Android phone to share its Wi-Fi Internet access with others. Currently available in BETA, official launch coming soon! Features: ? Share your Wi-Fi Internet with other Android devices
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    5. It can turn your Windows 7 PC (when equipped with a WiFi card) into a WiFi router. Windows 7 has an option to create AdHoc networks but devices like phones and tablets will not be able to connect to this network.

      Warning

      The installer version is bundled with a malware toolbar. The simple version WITHOUT the installer is clean: download it.

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    6. Win Hotspot is portable WiFi hotspot application has inbuilt WiFi Scanner to list Channel ,Signal % etc. It Also has bandwidth meter and WiFi Repair Tools. Please Update to version 1.2, Internet sharing bug has been fixed.

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      may contain malware such as : PUP.Optional.Adtool PUP.Optional.Somoto.A PUP.Optional.Somoto.A (x2) PUP.Optional.DeltaTB PUP.Optional.OpenCandy & may install itself in startup

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    7. Virtual Wifi Hotspot is a free software router for Windows based system running Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012.

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    8. Wifi hotspot will turn your wifi enabled Windows 7 laptop or PC into a virtual router that will let other wireless devices such as, laptops, smartphones, PDAs, tablet-pcs, Ipads, PS3 etc connect to your PC and use its internet connection.

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      Google Chrome: The site ahead contains malware.

    9. Wifi capability is built into Windows 7, but may be less user-friendly to enable without software like this.

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      Be careful during the installation: Forum

      • FreeProprietary
      • Windows
      SeventhGate enables Windows 7 and Server 2008R2 computers with wireless network card to turn into simple wireless routers. SeventhGate waits in system tray for You to start the network. If no longer needed, just turn it off and let Your machine free up all the resources.
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