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Yeah you heard right. You can turn your ordinary laptop running Windows 7 into a Wi-Fi hotspot thanks to an undocumented Windows 7 feature called Virtual Wi-Fi. The feature, which had been under development by Microsoft Research allows you to split your wireless card into several virtual adapters, thereby turning your notebook into a wireless hotspot.

You can connect all sorts of Wi-Fi enabled devices and share internet connection among them. And if you are wondering, then no, it doesn’t setup an AdHoc network. This is regular access point, encrypted with WPA2 encryption.

Interestingly, you can still use your computer’s Wi-Fi like you do regularly while it is functioning like a hotspot, i.e. connect to other Wi-Fi connections etc. For more information, regarding the software or technology, take a look at the FAQS section on the official website.

You can participate in the public beta and download Connectify to your PC.