winhotspot Virtual WiFi Router

Allows wireless internet sharing between Windows devices

6.6

819 Votes

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  • License Free
  • Version Winhotspot Version 0.9.120 beta
  • Size 881.50 kB
  • Works under Windows 8.1 / Windows 8 / Windows 7
  • Language English
  • Program by winhotspot

Winhotspot Virtual WiFi Router is a powerful tool for Windows that lets you turn any device with a wireless adapter into a hotspot.

If you’ve ever been with a group of friends and some had access to the Internet while others didn’t, then you know how convenient it can be to have one phone serve as a mobile hotspot. That’s where Winhotspot Virtual WiFi Router comes in, and it doesn’t just work with phones. It can work with tablets, laptops, netbooks and just about any device that has a wireless card.

The great thing about Winhotspot is that it’s easy to use. It doesn't require you to have any technical understanding of networks, and in most cases, you can just click the Start button and the program begins. Older devices, however, are the ones that will likely to give you problems, but the app has strong legacy support. It even has a number of repair tools that will overcome most issues with legacy devices without much hassle.

Essentially, Winhotspot turns any Windows PC or device into a Wi-Fi router. You can even configure that connection with a name and a password so that only invited users can connect to it. Once it’s up and running, you have access to a monitor that provides a wealth of information: upload and download statistics, signal strength, IP addresses, MAC addresses, SSIDs, BSSIDs and so forth.

The performance is excellent with Winhotspot, and even when it has a lot of connected users and activity, the connection will remain stable. Two things to keep in mind is the performance is linked to the quality of the network adapter, and it’s much easier to saturate the throughput of an adapter with six users than just one. If everyone is trying to watch an HD movie, you might have a problem.

Winhotspot does require Windows 8.1 or greater. The program is updated frequently, but don’t expect support for earlier Windows versions. The GUI is excellent, and, overall, the program is intuitive and simple to use. The startup process can be long, however, which can be annoying when people are waiting on you, and troubleshooting options beyond the legacy repair tools are minimal.

Pros

  • Simple, intuitive program
  • Repair tools and legacy support

Cons

  • Long initialization process
  • Minimal troubleshooting options
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