How to share your VPN connection with any device through your Windows PC: Virtual Routers

I’m sure you agree that VPNs are an important part of our online lives. With them, we can protect our data, bypass censorship, evade throttling, and access tons of content we couldn’t before.

But what if your device doesn’t support VPNs? Or what if your VPN company limits how many devices you can connect at one time?

Don’t worry! Cause in this article, I’m going to show you exactly how you can get all those devices to work with your VPN.

And you wanna know the best part?

Anyone can do it, and it’s free! So, let’s get started!

For this you will need:

  • A Windows PC (XP/7/8/10)
  • A VPN installed on your PC
  • A device that you want to share your VPN with (SmartTV/phone/etc.)
  • An active internet connection
 And without further ado, here’s the video tutorial:
(psst, there’s written instructions below too)
Step 1: Download and Install Virtual Router Plus

Click here to download it.

Once it’s downloaded, unzip the file and install the app.

Step 2: Connect to your VPN
Step 3: Create a Wi-Fi hotspot and share your VPN connection with it

Choose a Wifi name and password

Select your VPN device from the drop-down menu

Click on “Start Virtual Router Plus”

Step 4: Connect to the hotspot

Find your hotspot on your other devices and connect to it.

The end.

Pretty simple right?

If you are having a hard time, I recommend watching the video tutorial at the top. Sometimes seeing it done is easier than following written instructions.

Troubleshooting

If it didn’t work, then it’s likely that your wifi driver doesn’t support using it as a hotspot. To double check, open your command line. To do so, search for “cmd” in the search bar.

Then type netsh wlan show drivers

If it says Hosted network supported: No , then it means your current driver doesn’t support creating a virtual router (aka hotspot).

Here’s what you can do to resolve the problem:

Step 1: Search for “Device Manager” in your search box

Step 2: Under “Network Adapters”, make sure “Hosted Network” is enabled. If it’s not, right-click and select “enable”

Then open the command line (cmd) and type netsh wlan show drivers to check it worked

If it didn’t work or you didn’t see “Network Adapters” in the list, please continue.

Step 3: Right click on your wireless driver (the name may differ depending on your wifi card, but it’s going to say wireless something)

Click on “Update Driver”.

Click on “Browse my computer for driver software”, then “Let me pick from a list of available drivers on my computer”.

Select the first one and click next. The new driver will now be installed.

Now open the command line (cmd) and type netsh wlan show drivers to check it worked.

If it didn’t, repeat Step 3 and choose another driver from the list. Continue through the list until you find the one that works.

 

NOTE: The following troubleshooting steps are taken from https://capturedones.blogspot.com/2016/06/how-to-fix-virtual-router-plus-could.html 

How to Fix Virtual Router Plus Could not be Started Error

There can be different reasons for the Virtual Router Plus Could not be Started Error. Three methods to troubleshoot this issue are discussed below. Try these methods one at a time in the order 1 to 3, till your problem is solved. Hope these work for you.
 
Method 1
  1. Right-click network, click properties, change adapter settings, disable WiFi adapter by right clicking it and selecting disable from the context menu. Not the one created by Virtual router Plus.
  2. Once disabled right click on it again to enable it.
  3. Now try connecting to internet.
Method 2 
  1. Press Windows key + X, select Command prompt (Admin)
  2. Then type the following:
    netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=VirtualRouter key=123456789
  3. Enter
  4. Then type :
    netsh wlan start hostednetwork
  5. Then try connecting to internet.
Method 3
 

  1. Open Network and Sharing Center->Change adapter settings. Alternatively you may right-click network, click properties, change adapter settings
  2. Right click the adapter you use to connect to the internet (Ethernet/WiFi/Data Card) and open its properties window.
  3. Now go to the sharing tab and enable the ‘Allow other network users to connect…..’ and select the Home networking connection ‘Ethernet/WiFi’ as shown in the figure
  4. Click OK
  5. Now disable and then enable this adapter.
  6. Now try connecting to internet.

Well, that’s it for today! If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments below, and I’ll be sure to reply.

Happy surfing!

Josh

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