posted this on July 27, 2011 04:11 pm
Connectify Hotspot is an easy-to-use software access point ( Soft AP ) or vritual router, for laptops and smartphones. With Connectify Hotspot you can share expensive airport Wi-Fi with co-workers, create a wireless hotspot in your ethernet-only hotel or dorm room, and even extend the range of your home router. Other Wi-Fi-enabled devices 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.
Sample Use Cases
Connectify Hotspot can easily act as a repeater for your home router, extending its range and providing Internet access wherever you need it. Connect to your home network, enter the same Wi-Fi name and password, and hit "Start Hotspot." Devices will automatically connect to the Internet through either your Connectify hotspot or home router depending on proximity. Connectify Hotspot will allow you to maintain your Internet connection even in those difficult to reach areas of the home, such as the basement. In addition, if you run Connectify Hotspot away from home, effectively becoming a mobile hotspot, with the same settings, any devices that need to be bound to a specific network (such as Eye-Fi cards or wireless printers) will work flawlessly with no additional configuration no matter where you are!
On The Road
Connectify Hotspot placed second in Lifehacker.com's Top 10 Downloads for a Road Warrior Laptop and it's not hard to see why. For the Road Warrior, Internet connectivity is a lifeline. Airports, hotels, and coffee shops know this and charge accordingly, often as much as $10-$15 per day, per connection! These fees can quickly add up when traveling with friends or co-workers. The handful of hotels that do provide free Internet access occasionally only supply you with an ethernet jack, which leaves Wi-Fi only devices and smart phones in the dark. Even the lucky few that have mobile 3G cards or adapters are limited to a single connection. Because Connectify is free to download and use, users can save money on multiple Wi-Fi connections while on the road and still get all their devices online simultaneously.
Many schools and private institutions have restrictive limits on the amount of devices an individual may register on their wireless networks. In this day and age, these quotas are quickly exceeded by the wide variety of Wi-Fi enabled devices (such as smartphones, tablets, e-readers, and gaming systems) we use on a regular basis. With Connectify Hotspot, your mobile hotspot, running on a laptop or desktop PC, you can circumvent these limits and securely connect any number of devices to your personal Wi-Fi network.
Even without an active Internet connection, you can still run a Connectify hotspot. This provides wireless access to shared folders or drives on your network as well as the ability to play LAN games with others.