Create Your Own Wifi Hotspot – Connectify Updated to 1.0
By on December 29th, 2009

connectify-program-icon 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

● 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 (your current internet connection)
● Select either Access Point or Ad Hoc in the pull down (the new hotspot)
● 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.

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 good recommendation.

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Techie-Buzz Rating: 4/5 (Excellent)

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  • http://www.elevatedservers.net Shaiful

    Clif, this is by far the most useful app I ever downloaded. Great effort to share this review. Thank you so much! Now I don't have to argue with my wife when it comes to who going to use the mobile broadband modem.

    Thank again,.

  • http://clif-notes.blogspot.com Clif Sipe

    Thanks for the comment Shaiful – I wouldn't be surprised to hear of lots of great uses for Connectify. Naturally, keeping the wife happy is the most important use. I'm happy that you are happy that your wife is happy. LOL
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  • http://meetsaas.com Daniel

    how badly will it slow down the speed with 1,2,3 or more people sharing?

    • James Hillier

      Hey Daniel – Sharing bandwidth between multiple computers is always going to have some negative impact on speed. Just how noticeable that would be depends largely how much speed there is to start off with.
      With a very high speed connection impact would be minimal but with slower speeds, slow downs would indeed be noticeable.

      Cheers…JIM

      • http://clif-notes.blogspot.com Clif Sipe

        Thanks for the comment Jim. I missed seeing this question. Sorry about that Daniel.

  • Ashok

    I am using Iphone with Os 4.0. I am trying to share the internet from an ethernet cable with the Iphone. The connection seemed to have established but internet surfing doesnt seem to be working. Could you please help me.?

    • http://news.google.com/news/search?q=clif+sipe Clif

      Hi Ashok, I wish I could help, but I don't have an iPhone. However, I'll contact the other authors here to see if anyone else has any suggestions. The problem is most likely in the iPhone, but you can confirm that by trying to share your cable connection with other devices or PCs to see if they work.

    • http://news.google.com/news/search?q=clif+sipe Clif

      Hi Ashok – One of the authors asked this: is his Wifi device supported under as per this document -> http://www.connectify.me/docs/supportedcards.html ?

      If his Wifi device is not supported ( like mine), Connectify cannot create a WiFi access point, instead will create an Ad hoc network. And I'd rather have a root canal than go spend time figuring out internet connection sharing on ad hoc networks.

      .

      Please check to see if your wifi card is supported.

  • Angel

    Best 1 Ever!!!

  • http://kubiq-design.wz.cz kubiq

    Hello,
    i tried connect with my N5800 phone but it said “no getaway reply”… when i tried the same with my notebook, everything was allright.
    Any ideas? …what can be wrong?
    THX a lot

  • http://www.cabletvproviders.info/ jessica@cable internet

    Connectify is a free and easy to use software router for Windows 7 computers. After downloading and installing the lightweight application, Connectify utilizes your computers’ built in Wi-Fi card to wirelessly share any available Internet connection: a cable modem, a cellular card, or even another Wi-Fi network. Other Wi-Fi enabled devices including laptops, smart phones, music players, and gaming systems can see and join your Connectify hotspot just like any other Wi-Fi access point and are kept safe and secure by password-protected WPA2 Encryption.

 
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