How to Create Your Own Wifi Hotspot in Windows 7

connectify-program-icon A few weeks ago, a new application, called Connectify, appeared on the net. It made use of an unfinished feature in Win7 to make it easy to create personal wifi connections that can be shared with others. Please note that this application only works in Windows 7.

Recently, Connectify has been updated so that you can name the wifi connection that you create. Here’s how it works.

● Download the Connectify client
● Install it
● Look for the Connectify icon in the system tray

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● Click on the icon once to open it

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● Set the wifi name
● Set a password of 8 characters or more
● Select either Local or Wireless in the pull down
● Click the “Start Hotspot” button

As you can see, I’ve created a wifi hotspot named “Sky.net”. In this case, I’m fairly sure it won’t become super-intelligent and try to destroy humanity. (see wikipedia about skynet)

Once it’s live, anyone with your password can connect to your hotspot. Connectify even identifies PCs and devices that are connected to it. You can see them in the window labeled “Connected Clients”. If you double click on a connected client, you can change the little icon next to it to make it easier to identify at a glance.

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Techie-Buzz Verdict: If you would like to share your internet connection wirelessly in your home or on the road, you could not ask for an easier way to do it. I have no problems giving this app a hearty recommendation.

Techie-Buzz Rating: 4/5

21 thoughts on “How to Create Your Own Wifi Hotspot in Windows 7”

  1. now downloading. let me see if it works on my Windows Vista Ultimate 64bit edition.

    I required to connect several laptops using wireless connectivity, but I could never setup a secure connection and my neighbours could also use my connection.

    This utility might solve my problem.

    Thanks.

  2. the last time i checked, they needed some registration for trying out the beta. The application is great and uses the Virtual Wifi available in Windows 7. This was working only for intel wifi drivers as far as I remember..
    Waiting for my atheros to release drivers to use virtual wifi..

    1. Yeah, You do need to signup but its a very quick process. I had actually downloaded this when it was launched. But, I only have 1 wifi enabled device (my lappy). So couldn’t test it.

      Btw, there is another codeplex utility which does something similar: http://www.beingmanan.com/wp/2009/11/codeplex-tool-to-isolate-your-wifi-network-use-windows-7-pc-as-a-virtual-wifi-router/
      You may want to take a look at that too.

      And this reminds me, I need to try the new Wifi Driver released by Intel which capitalises on Win 7 virtual Wifi capabilities.

      1. ya, that application is still in beta if i remember correctly. But Connectify is a better option for me. I do not trust this Codeplex. It ll be a Microsoft backed patch up work and poor code with all snapping and bug blames coming on open-source developers..too much for me to take.

        1. Bah. That doesn’t make a lot of sense. The probability of coming across a poorly coded utility in Ms Codeplex is no more than the probability of finding a shabby application in Google Code or Sourceforge.

          And since the open source developers are responsible for developing the software, obviously they will be blamed for the bugs. MS doesn’t have any involvement in the developement of these applications. Why should they take the blame?

          1. “And since the open source developers are responsible for developing the software, obviously they will be blamed for the bugs. MS doesn’t have any involvement in the developement of these applications. Why should they take the blame?” – Do you know half of the developers, so called open source developers at Codeplex are actually Microsoft employees paid for this purpose, coding at Codeplex!!!

            The Codeplex project is hugely influenced by Monty, another Microsoft bigshot!

            And clearly, Connectify is a thousand times better than that application. Most open source developers loath the Codeplex. Codeplex has very few good projects by dedicated developers as compared to other open source project hostings.

          2. Codeplex has very few good projects by dedicated developers as compared to other open source project hostings.

            I think Codeplex and Google Code are pretty much in the same condition – new initiative which still can’t match with Sourceforge.

            It seems to be most OS devs hate Codeplex because its an Microsoft initiative. Of course they do have some reason to be angy with MS.

            And clearly, Connectify is a thousand times better than that application.

            May be, may be not. Connectify will become paid in a couple of months one the final build is out. The codeplex app probably won’t.
            I haven’t used the codeplex one, but at first glance looks same as Connectify. What makes Connectify so drastically better in your eyes?

  3. Hi Praz

    Thanks for dropping in to comment. Unfortunately, this utility will only work in Windows 7, according to the developer.

    You can always try setting up adhoc networks to link your PCs.

    Clif

  4. i keep trying to download it and whaen it finishes i go to the downloads folder and click on it but a message comes up that says something like download corrupted. is there a solution to this?

  5. ok so i have windows 7 on my computer and i tried to use the connectify and it said to start the device as an administrator so i did and nothing still happened this really pissed me off

  6. I was happy to see this, downloaded it, and it crashed my computer (win 7 home edition). had to use a system restore.

  7. I want to ask that, Can I share BSNL Broadband Unlimited Plan @ Rs.750/month ? OR Do I need any special plan to have Internet connectivity on multiple computers?

  8. Thanks for the wonderful share. But as I followed the guide, it doesn’t seem to work on my Dell laptop. Errors kept coming up. I couldn’t solve the problem until I tried Virtual Hotspot, a new WiFi sharing app but works quite well. Few comlex settles and quite effective.
    Know more about Virtual Hotspot,you guys could just Google it, much information out there.

  9. Thanks for the wonderful share. But as I followed the guide, it doesn’t seem to work on my Dell laptop. Errors kept coming up. I couldn’t solve the problem until I tried Virtual Hotspot, a new WiFi sharing app but works quite well. Few comlex settles and quite effective.

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