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Windows 7: connectify hotspot problem

10 Nov 2010   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 Bit
connectify hotspot problem

Hi Guy, hope someone can help. I loaded Connectify 2.1 on my Win 7 laptop and both my other laptop (XP SP3) and my desktop (XP SP3) could connect to the network but no matter what I did I could not get any Internet access except for the Win 7 laptop. I read that the Beta version corrected that problem in some XP PC's so I installed that and it was perfect. Both XP machines can connect to the Internet and on the Win 7 laptop I can start and stop the Hotspot as many times as I like and no problems. The problem is that if I turn off the Win 7 laptop the next time I turn it on I get an error trying to start the hotspot.

error:The wireless device reported an error while starting the hotspot. Please try reconnecting/reenabling your wireless device or reboot and try again.

It dosen't matter what I do Reboot/reenable I cannot get a hotspot.
I thought is maybe a service that was started on install but not started the next time I turn on the Win 7 laptop but setting them all to automatic I still get the error. Anyone have any ideas, it's a great little program and I would love not to have to reinstall it everytime I want to use it. Win 7 WIFI card is Atheros AR9285.

I tried the error reporting but no reply

Regards krshep

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01 Dec 2010   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64

Has anybody resolved that problem? I have the same situation.
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01 Dec 2010   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 Bit

I bought another Laptop exactly the same and I get the same result. That is I have to re-install Connectify each time I need to use it. Googleing the net I found two others with the same problem. I did receive a reply from Connectify which was to load the commands manually-but no change. I sent the results so maybe they are still looking into it. I have the latest drivers and my w/card in on the compatable list. I even tried reverting to the previous driver and I thought that fixed the problem but it only worked once. I am back to a complete install when I need access the web from my desktop.
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20 Feb 2011   #4
Michael Jang

windows 7 64bit

go to network center and click on wireless adapter to deactivate it, and activate it agian. This should solve the problem
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24 Feb 2011   #5

Windows 7 Professional x64

After restart ensure that Wifi in your laptop is working. Without WIFI Connectify will not work. Hope this works for you
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02 Mar 2011   #6

Windows 7 Home x64

Hi, I have the similar problem. I have Windows 7 64bit and Intel(R) WiFi Link 1000 BGN adapter. I use Connectify 2.1.

When I try to establish hotspot I get the same error - The wireless device reported an error while starting the hotspot. Please try reconnecting/reenabling your wireless device or reboot and try again.

Tried restarting PC, tried restarting wireless adapter, nothing. But when I disable the Local Area Connection - the source of my internet connection - and then enable it, Connectify will start the Hotspot. I can connect with my devices, but after a while "Upnp is not running" is shown and then after few minutes the Hotspot automatically stops. I set 'Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power' to disabled on Microsoft Virtual Vifi Port network, but with no result.

I am trying to connect to it with my Kindle 3.

Anybody could help me?
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10 May 2011   #7

Win 7 Ultimate x64

Same error as OP. I tried a lot of combinations to see if any of them work but so far no good. I can connect to the AP but there is no internet. Also, it works fine ONCE(for about 30min or so) after every installation. WTH !? :/
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16 May 2011   #8

Win 7 Ultimate x64

I got it working Finally! Although I don't know what the exact problem was, but disabling my wifi card (from the onboard wifi switch key in my laptop) and re-enabling it, while the Hotspot is active/running does the job for me.
A few points to make sure:
- (if you are sharing the cable net)Your LAN adapter for internet has Sharing turned off, and enable Internet sharing from within Connectify.
- Your Atheros AR9285 adapter has IPv4 and 6 set to obtain automatically and has sharing turned off.
- just as a precaution, turn windows firewall off.

Let me know if these work for you. I would be more than happy to blog about this trick and prevent users from pulling off their hair setting up an access point.
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18 May 2011   #9

Windows Ultimate 32-bit

Still the same error message for me. It worked once before a week or so ago but now every time I get the same error message "the wireless device reported an error while starting the hotspot".

Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit, Atheros adapter AR5007EG driver

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27 May 2011   #10

W64 Ult

I have problem that just boggles me, for some reason I can't get a default gateway on the wireless interface, so my clients can connect but cannot do anything.

it looks like this:
Wireless LAN adapter Wireless Network Connection 3:

   Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :
   Link-local IPv6 Address . . . . . : fe80::1133:649:somenumbers
   IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . :
   Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . :
   Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :

Wireless LAN adapter Wireless Network Connection 2:

   Media State . . . . . . . . . . . : Media disconnected
   Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :
An ip is issued to each client, however without a gateway to make a full connection.

I did try to figure out how to use the Route command, but it's way beyond me.

Pretty much what I think is happening is, the modem I have to use at the moment is an older one that doesn't assign me an ip but instead translates it from brighthouse / roadrunner. I can't remember the proper term for it, but if I change the mac address it is associated with, I have to reset the modem each time. Something in that seems to be the problem, but I can't find anything much related on google.

Anyone know what I need to do?
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