Connectify Hotspot

Connectify Hotspot 2016.0

Connectify lets you share an Internet connection easily
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In the light of the advent of Wi-Fi technologies, most modern devices, as TVs, phones, and stereos, can connect to wireless networks. Connectify can help you get the most of this possibility as it lets you share the Internet connection among various devices. You may argue that you can already do that by creating an ad hoc connection on Windows. However, Connectify definitely makes it a lot easier.

The tool has a nice and intuitive interface. The initial setting is perhaps the most difficult part about using Connectify, but don't worry because you will get the advice in a tutorial fashion to guide you through the process. The basic use of Connectify is to create a Wi-Fi hotspot, which can work in two modes: routed and bridged.

In routed mode, the traffic from your clients appears to be originating from your computer, whereas in bridged mode the clients seem to be connected directly to the source network that you’re sharing. Besides, if you’re willing to pay for its MAX version, you can benefit from being able to extend the range of your wireless network by creating a Wi-Fi repeater. Another feature only available in paid versions is creating a wired router. Moreover, Connectify supports managing clients connected to your access point and sharing files with them.

In general, Connectify has a well-deserved reputation as one of the best applications of its kind among Internet users around the planet. It seems that not a single aspect has been neglected. Even connection security is certainly a priority for the developers of Connectify as this application allows using passwords and encrypting network traffic using the WPA2-Personal protocol (Advanced Encryption Standard).

Pedro Castro
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Review summary

Pros

  • It is easy to use.
  • It supports emulating various types of connecting devices.
  • It can work as a Wi-Fi repeater.
  • It creates a password protected network.
  • Traffic is encrypted.
  • It allows sharing 3G and 4G connections

Cons

  • The MAX and PRO versions are pricey
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