After disconnecting VPN – no network connection and PING returns: No resources

I’m hibernating my Windows laptop all the time, but after a while, I get a strange error when I disconnect my VPN. After disconnecting the VPN there is no way to communicate with a resource on the network or Internet whatsoever. Disconnecting, disabling or resetting the WiFi adapter will not work. Also restarting several network related services will not fix this issue.

When pinging, for example, results in: No resources.

No resources pinging to a resource

The solution

So after a while troubleshooting I accidentally disabled and enabled the device WAN Miniport (IP) in Device Manager (go to Start – Run – devmgmt.msc – Enter).

Device Manager

Now select the WAN Miniport (IP) and press the Disable device button. After it has been disabled press the Enable device button.

You will see that the connection to the network and Internet is restored.



Use Windows 7 as Virtual Router

Sometimes it’s just handy to use you’re laptop as a Wifi Hotspot. There are a lot of applications to do that, but the ones that actually work cost a bit. So why not use the built in utility of Windows 7? This is how you can do that.

  1. Open a command prompt with administrative privilges
  2. Enter the following command: netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=WIN7 key=password This will create a wireless access-point with SSID of “WIN7”
  3. Open Networks and Sharing Center and enable the newly created wireless connection.
  4. Share the interface with an internet connection to the newly created wireless connection.


Now you can start the interface with the following command: netsh wlan start hostednetwork