Setting up a wireless network is usually done using a dedicated router, but there is a specialized application, called Connectify, that can do that without needing the hardware device. This software can turn your wireless-capable computer into a virtual router, thus allowing you to use the same Internet connection on multiple devices.
Intuitive interface makes it easy to use
The interface is definitely one of the aces up its sleeve, because everything is designed to make the whole process very easy to use, even by those uninitiated in creating and maintaining such wireless connections.
Quick WiFi setup process
The configuration process can be done in a minute, as Connectify prompts you to choose the hotspot name, the password, the WiFi device to be used, the security mode and choose whether to enable Internet sharing or not.
Explore devices connected to your network
You have full control over your wireless network all the time, so you will know exactly who is connected to your server. Among its advanced features, Connectify enables you to explore shared resources from the devices that are paired with your system.
Automatically handles technical details
We've tested the application on a Windows 7 laptop and everything worked quite smoothly and we had an Access Point up and running in a couple of minutes. Conveniently enough, the application does all the required tasks automatically, including the wireless card, firewall and Internet sharing configurations.
To sum it up
All in all, Connectify puts up a decent performance and, thanks to its solid feature pack, it can definitely be a solution for anyone who wants to share the Internet connection at work or at home. It comes equipped with a visually appealing interface and tools that make it suitable for beginners and experts alike.
Reviewed by Bogdan Popa on August 1st, 2014
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- Correctly read the MTU of connections with dynamic MTU values, such as Speedify
- Fix compatibility with some VPN products - The ability of client devices to access the Hotspot host computer by using any of the host’s IPs has been turned off by default. It may be re-enabled by selecting Settings - Advanced - Access Host via Any IP. This fixes compatibility with Switchboard Personal Server.
- Further stability and reporting improvements
Application descriptionThe Connectify Hotspot application will turn your laptop into a WiFi Hotspot to share the Internet with friends, co-wo...