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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 Connectify Hotspot. It's not free, so if you're looking for a free alternative, you could try Virtual Router Plus or Open Garden. 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 AndroidWifi, Virtual Wifi Router Version 2, Winhotspot and Virtual WiFi Hotspot.

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hostapd is a user space daemon for access point and authentication servers. It implements IEEE 802.11 access point...

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  1. Connectify Hotspot icon

    Connectify Hotspot

    • Windows
    28 alternatives to Connectify Hotspot 

    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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    1.  Wi-Fi SharingConnectify Hotspot can help you quickly share your Wi-Fi with your friends and colleagues.
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    • Virtual Router Plus icon

      Virtual Router Plus

      • FreeOpen Source
      • Windows
      28 alternatives to Virtual Router Plus 

      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.
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      1.  PortableVirtual Router Plus can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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        Chrome blocks download from official site. Use Sourceforge download: https://sourceforge.net/projects/virtualrouterpl/

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      • Open Garden icon

        Open Garden

        • FreeProprietary
        • Mac
        • Windows
        • Android
        17 alternatives to Open Garden 

        Open Garden allows your Android phone to share its Wi-Fi Internet access with others.

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        1.  Wi-Fi SharingOpen Garden can help you quickly share your Wi-Fi with your friends and colleagues.
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        • AndroidWifi icon

          AndroidWifi

          • FreeProprietary
          • Windows
          • Android
          25 alternatives to AndroidWifi 

          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.

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        • Virtual Wifi Router Version 2 icon

          Virtual Wifi Router Version 2

          • FreeProprietary
          • Windows
          26 alternatives to Virtual Wifi Router Version 2 

          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.

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          1.  PortableVirtual Wifi Router Version 2 can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
            Warning

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

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          • Winhotspot icon

            Winhotspot

            • FreeProprietary
            • Windows
            65 alternatives to Winhotspot 

            Win Hotspot is portable WiFi hotspot application has inbuilt WiFi Scanner to list Channel ,Signal % etc.

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            1.  PortableWinhotspot can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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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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          • Virtual WiFi Hotspot icon

            Virtual WiFi Hotspot

            • FreeProprietary
            • Windows
            46 alternatives to Virtual WiFi Hotspot 

            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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          • WifiSpot icon

            WifiSpot

            • FreeProprietary
            • Windows
            27 alternatives to WifiSpot 

            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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            1.  Wi-Fi SharingWifiSpot can help you quickly share your Wi-Fi with your friends and colleagues.
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            • SDR Free Virtual Wifi Router icon

              SDR Free Virtual Wifi Router

              • FreeProprietary
              • Windows
              22 alternatives to SDR Free Virtual Wifi Router 

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

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              Maxidix Hotspot

              • Windows
              23 alternatives to Maxidix Hotspot 

              Maxidix HotSpot is a great tool that will help you to turn your PC into a fully functional HotSpot. Host infrastructure network, share Internet, boost weak WI-FI signal, save money on paid Internet spots and more.

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