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Sharing a wireless VPN connection from your windows PC

At the start of this tutorial, you should have a Windows PC connected to your network either by Wi-Fi or Ethernet.

You will also have a VPN-incompatible device, which does not support any VPN protocols, but can connect to the internet using Wi-Fi.

Note: Make sure you are not connected to NordVPN at the beginning - the tutorial will mention when you can connect.

  1. Open the Windows Command Prompt (cmd.exe) as administrator. The easiest way to do this is to search for "cmd" in the Windows Search, right-click the result and select Run as administrator.

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  2. Inside the Command Prompt, type in:
    netsh wlan show drivers

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    If the Hosted network supported line shows "yes" then you will be able to set up a virtual Wi-Fi adapter on your computer. If it is shown as "no", try looking for a newer version of your adapter drivers and install them, or try using a different wireless card. 

  3. Afterwards type in this command to configure the shared network settings, such as the name and password:
    netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=NetworkName key=NetworkPassword

    Hit enter and you should see something like this:

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  4. In order to start this virtual network type in:
    netsh wlan start hostednetwork

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  5. Once it is started, we'll need to set it up so the VPN connection is shared. Start by opening the Network and Sharing center - the simplest way to do this is to right-click the network icon in the system tray and select "Open Network and Sharing center", then clicking "Change adapter settings".

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  6. There you will see the newly created VirtualNord adapter and our the TAP-Windows Adapter V9, which our NordVPN app uses to connect to the VPN.

    Right click on the TAP adapter and select Properties.

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    Go to the Sharing tab and enable "Allow other networks users to connect through this computer's Internet connection" and Select Local Area Connection* 13 (in our case it represents VirtualNord). Then click on OK.

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  7. Now connect to one of our VPN servers with our application. Every device that connects to the "VirtualNord" Wi-Fi network will now be using your Internet connection, which is connected to NordVPN. The device will only have an internet connection of your PC is connected to one of our servers.
  8. In order to check the status of your virtual adapter you can type in:
    netsh wlan show hostednetwork

    In order to stop the virtual interface type in:

    netsh wlan stop hostednetwork

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  9. If you get this output after performing netsh wlan start hostednetwork
    The hosted network couldn`t be started.The group or resource is not in the correct state to perform the requested operation.

    Do the following: Open Run window with the keyboard shortcut Windows Button + R and type in:

    mmc devmgmt.msc

    Press Enter. Once the Device Manager is open navigate to Network Adapters and right click on Microsoft Hosted Network Virtual Adapter, select Enable.

    Now perform this command again:

    netsh wlan start hostednetwork

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