Wifi VPN – How to Share Secure VPN Connection Over Wi-Fi

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 You sure would be aware of the VPN and in most of the cases, should have used it to secure your identity over the web, but have you ever used your VPN over wireless network or tried to share VPN connection with your friends to enjoy music or a game together? As they say, necessity is the mother of invention; I too came across similar situation when I had to use my VPN connection on multiple computers. The obvious choice was WiFi but how to do it was a mystery until I figured out the right solution. Later on, I shared this solution with a number of our website visitors through emails and chats; this article also highlights the same thing in the simplest possible way. But before moving ahead, let us know in brief about Wifi.  

What is WiFi

It is a pretty popular and widely used technology that allows you to connect multiple electronic devices to the same internet network in a wireless state. To establish wifi connection, you just need to switch on the modem and provide the network password or key on your respective devices.

Pre-Requisites for WiFi VPN

Some obvious things that you would require to use VPN over Wifi include:

• Computer or laptop with Windows 7 operating system

• A persistent internet connection

• Last but not the least – Presence of mind

How to Convert Laptop in to Wifi VPN Router

To share VPN connection via Wifi, converting laptop in to WiFi VPN router would be an ideal initiative. To execute this purpose, you need to follow the below mentioned procedure step-by-step. So let’s begin.

1. Click start button on your laptop’s screen at the left bottom. 2. Type “cmd” in the search box. 3. In the resulting list, right click “cmd”, and then click “Run As Administrator”. 4. Type the password or provide confirmation in case you are asked for the Administrator authentication. 5. The Black Command Prompt window will appear next; type netsh wlan show drivers. 6. Look out for“Hosted Network Supported” on the screen and check of ‘Yes’ is written against it to confirm that the driver is installed. 7. If it is ‘No’ then you will have to download the necessary drivers depending on whether yours is 32-Bit or 64-Bit windows OS. 8. Once you are rest assured of the installation of proper driver, it now time to move ahead with the set up process. 9. In the command prompt, type netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=test key=password (You can change the key as per your wish, by default it has been set as “password”) 10. Again, in the command prompt, type netsh wlan start hostednetwork. If a message flashes next that says “hosted network couldn’t be started”, then you have outdated Wifi driver. You need to update it before moving ahead, and for that, you can either download the latest version of the Wifi driver from Windows website or alternatively, can run Windows update. 11. After downloading the necessary driver, come back to command prompt and,type netsh wlan start hostednetwork. Hopefully, this time will you be greeted by the confirmation message, “The hosted network started”. You now come closer to your motive or running VPN over wireless. 12. The next step would be to assure that the hosted network is shared on public Wifi. 13. For this, click the Wifi signal icon in the system tray, on the right bottom of the screen. 14. Click Open Network and Sharing Center. 15. Click “Change adapter settings” on the left side in the resulting screen. 16. Click the VPN connection that you have created earlier and then right click the icon to navigate to its properties. 17. In the properties page, move to “sharing” tab and check “Allow other network users through….connection” option. 18. In the Home Network connection section, under the drop down menu, check the connection that says, Microsoft Virtual WiFi Miniport Adapter’/’Virtula AP’ or may be ‘Wireless Network Connection 2’. 19. Next, check “Allow Other Network User to…connection” option at bottom of the properties page. 20. Click OK and you done with the steps to share VPN on Wifi. You can now ask your colleagues to discover VPN over wireless on their devices. The VPN over Wifi will remain disabled by default whenever you restart the computer. To re-enable it you will be required to enter the following command on the command prompt: netsh wlan start hostednetwork

Best of luck! Wish you a prosperous, secure and shared wifi vpn experience.

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Faisal is a professional blogger at BestVPNService. A close observer of the digital world, Faisal critically monitors and reviews service providers of IT industry, particularly VPNs.

27 thoughts on “Wifi VPN – How to Share Secure VPN Connection Over Wi-Fi

  1. when i try to connect my device, it waiting in this mode:
    obtaining ip address from test

    and after a while it’s disconnected.

  2. Hi Majid,
    Disconnect VPN and try to share the regular ISP connection only. See if that works?

    Make sure your device is set to “Obtain IP address automatically” and DNS set to automatic as well.

    Update me here and I will see,


  3. Firsty, thanks for the awesome tute. I’ve been looking for something like this for a while.

    I am having the same issue as Majid. The test SSID has been detected by my android phone. it keeps trying to obtain an address and just timing out.

    I tried to follow your advice of disconnecting my VPN and connect to ‘test’, sadly that didn’t work.

    Fingers cross I can work out a solution!


  4. I restarted both my pc and phone, and ran ‘netsh wlan start hostednetwork’. i was able to connect to the test profile. however, there wasn’t any actual internet being shared.

    i then restarted everything again, connected my vpn and started my hostednetwork. as soon as i connected my phone to the test network the vpn disconnected.

    Hopefully that’s helpful to someone else.


  5. Some tips:

    1) Before you start hostednetwork make sure ICS (Internet connection sharing) service is not already running. If it’s running, stop it. It’s SoftAP’s behavior that it itself starts ICS in full mode.

    You can check it by going to ‘Start’ and typing in “services.msc” – It will show all services.

    2) After Wlan hosted network is started it turns on DHCPv4 – This service assigns IPs address to connecting devices (such as your android phone Lau). Go again to services.msc and make sure DHCP service is running.

    As by standard the addressing scheme used by this virtual sharing is – Make sure it’s not same as your own network. If it’s same change your network addressing to or

    Hope this helps!


  6. hey guys i was trying to do the things above and everything went ok. i connected with my phone to the hostednetwork but there is no internet connectivity.
    in the windows after connecting vpn the hostednetwork had the internet connectivity. where is my problem?
    ps. i am connecting to the wireless router with the same wlan card which i created the hostednetwork with.

  7. Thanks for the tip! I am trying to connect with Roku 2 XS… is it possible? It seems it times out or something is wrong with the connection…

    Can you please help me?


  8. wow..
    Its works for me.
    thank u so much bestvpnservice.com

    You helped me a lot. Now my computer’s VPN connection can be used on my mobile.
    Just Great. Thanks Again.

  9. Thank you very much for this! It works for me just like a piece of a cake! 😀

    I needed this for my iPod and it works well; but it didn’t on my over devices like mobile phone (Samsung i8910) or my brother’s laptop.

    Anyway, it helped me a lot. Thanks. :X

  10. hi,

    can you help me, why is that I can’t see a sharing option when I open the change adapter setting? While the ‘test’ network has been detected by my ipod but it has no internet access. Please any input to solve this problem? happy valentines, thank you!!

  11. Hi!
    First thank you for your instruction, it was very helpful! I did everything step by step and works ok… However there is one little problem. I use my gf’s laptop as the main computer from which I try to share the internet connection with my laptop. My laptop is recognizing the connection and it is connecting/joining to the home group, but there is no internet activity. I suspect it is a problem of conflicting or not poperly set home group. Hope you can help me cause I ran out of options. I ran troubleshouting on my Laptop and it says that probably there is a problem with the router/other laptop wifi device. But still i checked driver and it seems to run ok. Already too complicated text…In case you need further information, please let me know.
    Thanks in advance

    P.S. I run Windows 7 on both Laptops

  12. I have been able to connect my phones to the laptop but they cannot access the internet. Kindly provide help regarding this.

  13. Greetings Osman,

    Thank you for dropping a query on BestVPNService.com. Yes Osman, this is true that you can configure VPN connection on other wireless devices by using your laptop but if you have read an article carefully it has been clearly mentioned that there are some pre-requisite in order to configure VPN connection on Windows 7. Internet connection is one of the pre-requisite in order to configure VPN connection through your laptop on several other devices.

    Therefore, this is an advise to you to get an internet connectivity before configuring a VPN connection on any of your device.


    BVS Support Team!

  14. Dear mark,

    Thanx for the quick reply. I have the internet connection on my laptop. I am using my universities connection. I connect to it using the Cisco van.
    Kindly let me know how will I have internet on my other devices keeping my laptop as a router.


  15. Hello Usman,

    Thank you very much for posting your question and considering our worth taking advise.

    Usman, to use your laptop as a “Router”, you need to configure the wireless settings inside your system. To do so, kindly follow the below mentioned steps which would help you in successfully mapping your laptop to an external router.

    Step# 01: Go to your laptop’s Control Panel and choose the Network Connections icon in the Network/Internet Connections category. Right-click on your Wireless Network Connection icon, select “Properties,” click on the Wireless Networks tab and then the “Add” button.

    Step# 02: Choose your own SSID or network name and select the option to manually assign a network key. (Keep your Data Encryption as WEP and the Network Authentication as Open.) Create your own network key and confirm it.

    Step# 03: Identify the network as a computer-to-computer (or ad hoc) network as you won’t use wireless access points. Click the “Connection” tab. If there is a box labeled “Connect when this network is in range,” make sure it is checked.

    Step# 04: Return to the Network/Internet Connections category, making sure your laptop’s Ethernet connection to the modem is working first. Choose the wireless network setup option.

    Step# 05: Proceed through the screens in this program until you reach the “Select a connection method” and select “This computer connects directly to the Internet. The other computers on my network connect to the Internet through this computer.” Go to the next screen and choose “Local Area Connection” as your Internet connection screen.

    Step# 06: See if you need to select your private connection on the next screen. Choose the wireless network connection option and move to the next screen. Continue until you reach the end and choose to not create a network setup disk.

    Step# 07: Switch to any computer you want to get wireless Internet from. Open its Control Panel and choose the Network Connections icon in its Network/Internet Connections category. Right-click on the Wireless Network Connection icon and choose “View Available Wireless Networks.”

    Step# 08: Connect to the network you created on the laptop, using your created Network key to access it. This computer should be able to access the Internet once it acquires the IP address from the laptop router.

    Hope the aforementioned steps effectively help you to configure the settings on your laptop.

    BVS Support Team

  16. I could successfully connect to the network from my mobile phone but i didn’t have an internet connectivity on it although i have it working on the laptop can you help please?

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