What is Bridging Mode and how do I use it?

With Bridging Mode enabled, Connectify Hotspot MAX connects devices on your Hotspot directly back to the network you’re broadcasting. This powerful feature gives you the power to share across your home network and ensures compatibility with many game consoles like PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo and streaming media devices like Google Chromecast and Apple TV. (Note that Gaming Mode allows you to use your game consoles with Connectify Lite by using standard Routed mode as well!)

Check out the video tutorial showing you how to set up Bridging Mode.

To set up your Hotspot in bridging mode, select 'Bridged' under the 'Network Access' option. This will tell Hotspot to bridge the connection.

The Bridging mode allows devices on your Hotspot and shared network to communicate. This means your devices on the Hotspot can:

  • Use network file sharing
  • Cast content to Chromecast, Apple TV and other streaming media devices
  • Participate in LAN gaming
  • Connect to online gaming

The bridging capabilities in Hotspot, also give it the ability to act as a Wi-Fi repeater to extend the range of your wireless network. Learn more about repeater mode.

Please note that you should only use bridging mode on private networks that you control. In bridging mode, Hotspot does not run a NAT or DHCP server, meaning it will not give out IP addresses to the clients. Instead, each client device will make a request to the DHCP server on the network you are sharing to get an IP address. If the network you are sharing does not have a DHCP server, you will need to set up static IP addresses on the client devices. Also, Connectify Hotspot doesn't work in Bridged Mode in regards to PDANet.

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