A few weeks ago, I wrote about a new free application, called Connectify. It makes use of an unfinished feature in Windows 7 which allows you to create a personal wifi hotspot that can be shared with others.
* Please note that this application only works in Windows 7. You will also have to register at the Connectify website with a name and email address.
New and improved!
Recently, Connectify has been updated with a few minor features to bring it up to Version 1.0. The new and improved features include improved notification tray icons, support for more wireless cards, improved memory management, recovery from sleep/hibernate, support for multiple Windows accounts and more.
Why do I need Connectify?
I can think of at least two cases where Connectify would be nice.
If you don’t have a wireless router in your home, you won’t need one with Connectify. Any PC with a wireless card, that’s hooked up to the internet, can become a local wifi hotspot. Now you can broadcast the internet to your Xbox or wifi enabled phone or other devices.
If you happen to be at an airport or an internet cafe, you can share your connection and possibly help someone avoid being charged with a connection fee. Just don’t tell anyone that I said you can do this. I don’t know if it’s legal in all cases.
How to use Connectify
â— Download the Connectify client
â— Install it
â— Look for the Connectify icon in the system tray
â— Set the wifi name
â— Set a password of 8 characters or more
â— Select either Local or Wireless in the pull down (your current internet connection)
â— Select either Access Point or Ad Hoc in the pull down (the new hotspot)
â— Click the “Start Hotspot” button
As you can see, I’ve created a wifi hotspot named “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.
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 good recommendation.
Techie-Buzz Rating: 4/5 (Excellent)