Share VPN in Windows 7 using Wi-Fi

Some gadgets use internet but don’t support a VPN connection so, how do you use a VPN connection on devices like Sony PlayStation 3 (SPS 3), PSP, Xbox, AppleTV, Wii without a DD-WRT router?

The response is simple: you just need a Laptop with Windows 7 on it and active VPN services. If you have iMac or MacBook instead, go to this tutorial.

Just follow steps bellow.

Step 1: Set up your laptop to be like a WiFi router.

  1. Open Command Prompt with elevate privilege.
    • Click the Start button (1).
    • In the search box (2), type: cmd
    • In the list of results, right-click “cmd” (3), and then click “Run as administrator” (4). If you’re prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type the password or provide confirmation.

    Windows7 Sharing PPTP VPN Connection: Step 1

  2. Verify if necessary drivers are installed:
    • Type in Command Prompt (5): netsh wlan show drivers
    • press “Enter”. If next to “Hosted Network Supported” is written “Yes” (6) then everything is ok and you can go to next step. If it says “No” then you have to install drivers for it.

      Windows7 Sharing PPTP VPN Connection: Step 2

    • Create a WiFi network with SSID = cactusvpn and password = password:

      Type in Command Prompt (7): netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=cactusvpn key=password

      Windows7 Sharing PPTP VPN Connection: Step 3

  3. Start your Wi-Fi network:
    Type in Command Prompt (8): netsh wlan start hostednetwork
    You should receive the following result:

    Windows7 Sharing PPTP VPN Connection: Step 4

    If you see the message “hosted network couldn’t be started”, then your WiFi driver is outdated. Update necessary drivers, running Windows Update or downloading the latest version from official website.

  4. Share the Wi-Fi connection:
    • Go to “Open Network and Sharing Center” by right-clicking your WiFi icon (9) from the right bottom corner of your screen.

      Windows7 Sharing PPTP VPN Connection: Step 5

    • Go to “Change adapter settings” (10).

      Windows7 Sharing PPTP VPN Connection: Step 6

    • Right-click on the VPN connection you’ve created previously (11) and go to “Properties” (12). Remember the name of the new connection created. You will need it in the next step.

      Windows7 Sharing PPTP VPN Connection: Step 7

    • Go to “Sharing” tab (13) and check on the checkbox next to “Allow Other Network User to connect through this computer’s Internet connection” (14) and next to “Allow other network users to control or disable the shared Internet connection” (15). On “Home Network Connection” select the connection you’ve just created.

      Windows7 Sharing PPTP VPN Connection: Step 8

  5. Click “OK” (16) on the next window.

    Windows7 Sharing PPTP VPN Connection: Step 9

Step 2: Connect to VPN

  1. Connect to CactusVPN server from your laptop.
  2. Use the new created “cactusvpn” WiFi connection from your SPS, PSP, Xbox or AppleTV.
    Please remember, your Shared WiFi connection will be disabled every time you shut down or restart your computer so, if you want to start the network again just type in command line: netsh wlan start hostednetwork