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Are you tired of manually changing your location-based network
and system configuration on your laptop computer every day
Then NetSetMan is your solution. It will do the work for you.
Switch between configuration profiles for different locations instantly!
NetSetMan is a network settings manager software which can easily switch between your preconfigured profiles!
|IP Addresses |
IP, Gateway, DNS, WINS - Multiple IPs per NIC - IPv4 uses IE settings
|Browser Home Page Support for IE, Firefox Opera |
|Network-Domain Join/leave network domains without reentering your credentials|
|AutoSwitch Automatically activate profiles based on conditions: Surrounding WiFi networks, Network Location Awareness, Gateway MAC, Ping, NIC status, Time frame|
|Tray-Info for all current IP settings |
Quickly check all your IP settings without a single click!
|Tray-Menu for quickly switching profiles |
Activate a profile with one click from the tray icon!
|NSM Service for usage without admin privileges |
Allows using NetSetMan with limited user accounts
|Pre-Logon profile switching |
Switch settings even before logging on! [Example]
|Administration for defining permissions Password-protection for deciding what a default user is allowed to do|
|Command line activation Parameters to activate profiles by command line and shortcuts|
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|Tool “Console” (ping, tracert, nslookup, netstat…) |
All important Windows network commands combined in a comfortable UI
|Tool “Adapters Details” |
IDs, options, drivers, types, speed, MACs, IP settings, etc. of all network interfaces in one overview
|Quick access to frequently used Windows locations |
With one click to Internet Options, Control Panel, etc.
|Two different user interfaces (Full Compact) |
Once you've set up your profiles, switch to the compact UI!
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NetSetMan offers what you've been missing in Windows until now: A powerful, easy-to-use interface to manage all your network settings at a glance. Give it a try and you'll never want to be without it again.
Activate a stored profile with one click or even completely automatically!
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The best and easiest way to work with wireless networks in Windows is to use the NSM WiFi Management which is integrated in NetSetMan.
WiFi profiles can be created, edited, rearanged, deleted, exported, and imported. The Authentication and Encryption settings (WPA2, WPA, WEP, Shared, Open) as well as visibility, connection and ad-hoc settings can be freely adjusted.
WiFi networks that are in range can be analysed (MAC address, channel, RSSI, signal quality, etc.) and connected to.
Powerful, easy to use and everything at a glance!
Windows usually connects to wireless networks based on the SSID. If multiple access points share the same SSID, Windows groups them and connects you to the one with the best signal. However, sometimes you might want to connect to a specific access point. With NetSetMan you can do that!
The NSM WiFi Management displays all available networks and access points without grouping them, so you can establish exactly the connection you want. Mouse-over tooltips show you additional information like the MAC address for each network. The right-click context menu lets you easily copy a MAC address or SSID to the clipboard.
If you want to connect to a specific wireless network when activating a NetSetMan profile, you can do so by adding its MAC address to the WiFi selection. Choose "Connect by MAC address..." and enter the MAC address of your choice. When activating the profile NetSetMan will connect to the corresponding access point. Notice, that you’ll still need to have a suitable WiFi profile configured on your system.
If you're already using NetSetMan, you're only one click away from this useful feature. Otherwise simply download the lightweight Non-Commercial Freeware and you'll quickly understand why NetSetMan is often referred to as an indispensable Swiss army knife for networks!
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In Windows 8.1, when I right click a WiFi connection, nothing happens. In Windows 8, there is a menu and I can view its properties by clicking the "View Properties" menu item, and then I can see the password for that WiFi connection.
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Many Windows 10 users from all across the globe are complaining of their Windows 10 computers not connecting to saved WiFi networks automatically even though they have made sure that the Connect automatically option for those networks has been enabled. Such users have reported that their computers only connect to WiFi networks they already remember and should connect automatically to when they either manually connect to them from their computer’s WiFi menu or, in some cases, press the hardware WiFi button on their laptop.
This issue may be caused by either a simple glitch or, in most cases, a system upgrade that causes the computer in question to start turning its WiFi adapter off, and thus requiring it to be woken up following every shutdown or restart, in order to save power. The issue may also be caused by LAN being plugged in, so if you have it plugged in, remove it and reboot to test, if it works and you’re okay, leave this as it is but if it doesn’t work and you want both LAN and WiFi to work, then follow the last method to create a group policy. If you are on a domain network, then the domain policy will override this.
Thankfully enough, there are some things that you can do to get rid of this problem. The following are the two most effective solutions that can be used to fix a Windows 10 computer that fails to connect to WiFi networks it remembers automatically.
Repair Corrupt System Files
Download and run Reimage Plus to scan and repair corrupt/missing files from here, if files are found to be corrupt and missing repair them and then see if your system connects to the WiFi automatically, if not then try the other steps suggested below.
Forget your WiFi network and then reconnect to it
If a simple glitch or bug is causing your computer to not connect to a saved WiFi network automatically, the following is bound to work for you:
Click on the WiFi icon in the taskbar.
Click on Network Settings
Under the Wireless Network Connection section, choose Manage Wi-Fi Settings. Then from under Manage Known Networks, Click the name of your wireless network and choose Forget.
Restart your computer. Click on the WiFi icon in the taskbar and click on your WiFi network from the list of available networks.
Make sure that you check the Connect automatically. Click on Connect.
Enter the security code for the network. Once your computer connects to the network, its memory should be refreshed and it should connect to the network automatically even after shutdowns and restarts.
Stop your computer from turning its WiFi adapter off to save power
If your computer has not been connecting automatically to WiFi networks it remembers after a system upgrade to Windows 10 or any of its builds, you would be better off trying the following:
Right click on the Start button and, in the menu that appears, click on Device manager.
Double click on the Network adapters section to expand it.
Figure out which of the adapters in the list that appears is your computer’s WiFi adapter and then right click on it. From the right click menu, click on Properties.
In the dialog that appears, click on the Power management tab to navigate to it. Uncheck the Allow this computer to turn off this device to save power. Click on OK.
Once the change is saved, your computer should start connecting automatically to WiFi networks that it remembers as soon as it wakes up from a shutdown, a restart or a simple sleep. In addition this guide, on 12/22/2015 we troubleshooted the same issue and have found the steps here to work.
Edit or Create Group Policy via Registry Editor
Hold the Windows Key and Press R. In the run dialog, type regedit and click OK. Navigate to the following path in Registry Editor,
See if the GroupPolicy subkey exists, if not with WcmSvc highlighted, right click on WcmSvc and Choose New -> Key and name it GroupPolicy, then click GroupPolicy and then in the right pane, (right-click) and choose New -> DWORD (32-bit) and create value, name it as fMinimizeConnections and Click OK. Now, reboot and test. This policy allows you to connect automatically to wireless network, even with a LAN plugged in and works on both Windows 8/8.1 and 10.
Running the Network Troubleshooter (Post 1709 Update)
You should try running the network troubleshooter before proceeding with any other methods. The Windows Troubleshooter analyzes your Wi-Fi hardware as well as checks the connectivity to the internet by accessing Microsoft’s servers. If there is some discrepancy present, it will inform you and attempt to fix it automatically. In most cases, this worked where users were not able to connect to the internet when they started up their computer.
- Right-click on your Wi-Fi icon and select “Troubleshoot problems”.
- Now Windows will try troubleshooting. Be patient and let the process complete.
Disabling Microsoft Wi-Fi Direct Virtual Adapter (Post 1709 Update)
This function is designed and installed on your system to support sharing of your internet connection (a portable hotspot hosted on your PC). After the update, this feature became available automatically even on devices where it isn’t supported. We can try disabling this function and check if the problem gets fixed.
- Press Windows R to launch the Run application. Type “devmgmt.msc” in the dialogue box and press Enter.
- Once in the device manager, click on “View” and click “Show hidden devices”.
- Expand the category “Network adapters”. Browse for the entry “Microsoft Wi-Fi Direct Virtual Adapter”. Right-click it and select “Disable device”.
- Restart your computer and check if the problem still persists.
This workaround should work in most cases particularly with older devices where this device is enabled but it isn’t supported. Do note that disabling this device may not let you use the mobile hotspot feature present in Windows 10 by default. If this doesn’t fix the problem for you, you can always enable the device back using the same steps.
Enabling Computer to put Wi-Fi to Sleep (Post 1709 Update)
Another workaround which worked for many users was to enable the option which allowed the computer to put the Wi-Fi device to sleep to save power. Although this won’t work on most devices, it is still worth a shot.
- Press Windows R to launch the Run application. Type “devmgmt.msc” in the dialogue box and press Enter.
- Once in the device manager, expand the category of “Network adapters”, select your Wi-Fi device and select “Properties”.
- Head over to the Power Management tab and make sure that “Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power” is checked. Save changes, exit and restart your computer WinRAR 4.00 32Bit and 64Bit FULL
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You’ve got an Internet connection via a network cable, but you want to have your other computers and devices get Internet connections wirelessly. Can you do this Can you make your Windows computer run like a WiFi router
The short answer is a qualified, ‘Yes.’ The key component in this process is making sure that your Windows computer has a wireless network card. If you have that installed properly, then you can turn your Windows computer into a WiFi hotspot and share your Internet connection.
How Does This All Work
Most WiFi cards for PCs can be used to share wired Internet connections, wirelessly. Mind you, it does take some software, or special configuring, to use that capability. Essentially, the software or configuration is what will act as the ‘virtual router’ to enable your computer to share that Internet connection. We’re going to look at a few different ways that you can do this on a Windows computer, as well as the positives and negatives of each method.
Ad-Hoc Wireless Connection via Windows Menus
Ad-hoc is a Latin phrase meaning ‘for this’. It is meant to describe something that is set up for this particular purpose only. Often it is something of a temporary nature with minimal setup, planning, or support. There are two ways to set up an ad-hoc wireless network in Windows: one is through the graphical menus, and the other is through the command line interface. Let’s take a look at the graphical menus first.
Click on your Start Menu, then Control Panel, then Network and Sharing Center. You’ll see the following window:
Now click on Set up a new connection or network. When the new window opens, scroll down until you see Set up a wireless ad hoc (computer-to-computer) network. Highlight that option by clicking once on it, then click the Next button.
You’ll now see a window that explains what an ad-hoc wireless network is and it tells you a few things about it. The most important thing to note is that any devices using the ad-hoc wireless network must be within 30 feet of each other, in any direction. Consider that as a maximum upper limit, as so many other things can affect the range of a wireless signal. Expect maybe half of that. You can optimize the range by following a few tips on what we’ve come to call wireless feng shui.
The second most important thing to note is that if you create an ad-hoc wireless connection, any wireless connection you have to a device right now will be dropped. So, if you think you can connect wirelessly to one network and share that network wirelessly with others – you can’t. It’s one or the other. Click the Next button to move on to the next window.
This window is where you set the name of your network and what kind of security it has on it. It is recommended to use the WPA2-Personal choice for Security type. This gives you the best security you can get with an ad-hoc connection like this. Use a password that you don’t mind giving to other people. Don’t recycle a passwordyou use for other things like Facebook or banking. You’ll soon regret that, if you do. If you intend to set up an ad-hoc wireless network again in the future, you can check the box that reads Save this network and click the Next button.
Congratulations! You’ve just created an ad-hoc wireless network! Share it with your friends and family as you see fit.
The problems with this kind of connection aren’t many, but it isn’t the most universal solution. People with Windows 7 or earlier trying to connect with non-Windows devices have had some difficulties and have had to investigate deeply to find out how to configure their non-Windows devices in order to connect.
Sometimes, the issue is that the device isn’t compatible with the type of security or encryption that your ad-hoc wireless network is set up to use. Sometimes, it’s a matter of the firewall on the host computer blocking the devices from connecting. Sometimes, you can solve the problem by assigning static IP addresses to your connecting devices. Sometimes, it doesn’t seem like there’s a good reason at all why it won’t work.
From the research I’ve done, it appears that Windows 8 and newer have less issues like this. We have previously explained how to test your Wi-Fi speedand which mistakes to avoid.
The Verdict on This Method
The positive is that this is an easy connection to set up and quick to disable. This method is best suited for allowing short and temporary connection of devices you know that will work.
Ad-Hoc Wireless Connection via Command Line or Batch File
You can also create and disable an ad-hoc wireless network using the command line. When you can do something through the command line in Windows, you can also write a batch fileto do the same thing. This is especially useful for tasks that you would repeatedly perform.
To do this via the command line, you need to open the Command Prompt. The quickest way to do that is to click on the Start Menu then type cmd in the Search programs and files field. When it finds the Command Prompt program, right click on it and select Run as Administrator, unless you are the administrator.
First, you must initialize the hosted network mode. This is the command: netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=YourSSID key=YourPassword keyusage=persistent where you change YourSSID to whatever you want to name the network, and YourPassword to whatever password you want on the network.
Second, you must turn the network on: netsh wlan start hostednetwork
Third, when you want to close out the network, use the command: netsh wlan stop hostednetwork
Pretty simple. If you want to create a batch file for this, open up Notepad and copy and paste the following into it. Again, change YourSSID to whatever you want to name the network, and YourPassword to whatever password you want on the network.
<@echo off CLS :MENU ECHO. ECHO................................................ ECHO. ECHO Press 1, 2, or 3 to select your task, or 4 to Exit. ECHO................................................ ECHO. ECHO 1 - Set Wifi Sharing Attributes ECHO 2 - Start WiFi Sharing ECHO 3 - Stop WiFi Sharing ECHO 4 - Exit ECHO. SET /P M=Type 1, 2, 3, or 4, then press ENTER: IF %M%==1 GOTO SET IF %M%==2 GOTO START IF %M%==3 GOTO STOP IF %M%==4 GOTO EOF :SET netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=YourSSID key=YourPassword keyusage=persistent GOTO MENU :START netsh wlan start hostednetwork GOTO MENU :STOP netsh wlan stop hostednetwork GOTO MENU
Save the file to your desktop as something like AdHocNetwork.bat. Make sure it doesn’t have the .txt extension. Now, when you want to create an ad-hoc network, all you have to do is run the batch file (as Administrator) and follow the menu prompts. It’ll look like this:
The Verdict on This Method
The same pros and cons apply to this as to the other ad-hoc network you created through the Windows method. It’s great for setting up a short and temporary connection of devices, but automated and quicker to set up.
The Software Approach
There are plenty of software applications that make setting up your Windows PC as a virtual WiFi router as easy as can be. Most of them take care of the various issues that you might encounter with the more traditional ad-hoc networks. Virtual WiFi Router [No Longer Available], VirtualRouter (free, our review), Thinix, and Connectify HotSpot (see below) are just a few of the applications available that can do this. Connectify HotSpot Pro has consistently been the best virtual router software that I have used, so I’ll share a bit more about it with you here.
Connectify HotSpot PRO – $40 USD
In my experience, Connectify is the best application to use for this, as it is super simple to set up, runs flawlessly, and I’ve never had an issue with any device being able to connect to it, as long as it was in range. I’ve connected Android phones and tablets, iPads and iPhones, BlackBerry Playbooks and phones, and of course, Windows PCs. The most I’ve had connected at one time has been five devices and it performed wonderfully, with no noticeable lag on my PC or the other devices.
Sure, Connectify costs a few bucks, but the aggravation it saves easily pays for that. The software also aids in sharing of files between devices connected to it and access to the Local Area Network. I’d go as far as to say that Microsoft should consider acquiring Connectify and making this software part of Windows.
The image on the left shows just how easy it is to configure, and the image on the right shows you how it keeps track of who is connected, and has previously connected.
Some of you might be thinking, “Why would I buy Connectify to do this, when I could just buy a wireless router” That’s a valid question. If your PC is typically going to be stationary, then getting a WiFi router makes a lot of sense. However, if you have the need to be able to set up a WiFi router in different places, if you travel for work, then software is a lot easier to lug around.
The Verdict on This Method
Connectify is ideal for people who might be sales people, corporate trainers, lecturers, and more.
Summing It Up
Now you know that you CAN turn your Windows PC or laptop into a virtual WiFi router, and you have a few different ways to do so. Pick the one that is right for your needs, try it out, test it, and learn more about what you can do with it.
What other things will a virtual WiFi router allow you to do Play around, and let us know. There definitely are other uses than just connecting to the Internet, but we’ll leave that to you to explore and learn for now.
Ever set up a virtual WiFi networkHow did you do it What were the ups and downs to your method Is there one way that you would recommend over another Let us know in the comments, that’s how we all learn, and we’re all in this together.
Image Sources: Sky Background via Flickr, Laptop, Android Tablet, Smart Phone, WiFi Wave via Pixabay.
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