Connectify Hotspot 2018.4.1.39098

A software easily set up within minutes that turn a computer into a WiFi hotspot

  • Category:

    General

  • Version:

    2018.4.1.39098

  • Works under:

    Windows 8 / Windows 7 / Windows 10

  • Program available in:In English
  • Program license:Free
  • Vote:
    6.7 (675)
Connectify Hotspot 2018.4.1.39098
Connectify Hotspot 7.2 Lite

Connectify Lite is a piece of software that will transform your desktop computer into a hotspot for WiFi access. This will allow tablets, smartphones, or other computers with wireless technology to take advantage of your wired internet connection.

When you install and launch Connectify, the software automatically examines your PC to find out if you have an appropriate wireless card that supports hotspot technology. If there is a compatible card, the software automatically sets up the hotspot with a random password and network label. To make your new hotspot accessible, you then simply click the 'Start Hotspot' button. Once active, any devices within range can connect to your PC and use the internet connection, assuming they have the correct password. Inside the software, you can see a list of all the devices using your hotspot at any given moment in the Clients tab.

If you don't want to hassle with changing any settings, the software will perform its task with almost no input from the user. Of course, if you want to customize the configuration of your system, you can easily do so. The full paid version of the software gives you the ability to change the name of your network, and all versions allow you to set your own password.

After the software has been successfully configured, it can be used to track devices that have been connected in the past, and it can track your peers through the connection management functionality of the software.

Many people might claim that Connectify Lite is a bit unnecessary, and in some sense that's a true statement. Since all devices involved have to have WiFi functionality, it's unlikely that a wireless router wouldn't be an option in the same circumstance. Of course, if you don't have a wireless router and only use a wired connection, the software is quite helpful. In some ways, managing your wireless network is easier through Connectify than it would be with a physical router.

Interestingly, one of the most secretly useful functions in the app is one that doesn't get a lot of attention. All devices connected to the wireless network, including the PC producing the network, can share folders and files between them with ease. Using a basic drag and drop UI, the software allows you to transfer files and folders of just about any size through the shared network connection. Few other hotspot tools offer that same functionality.

If you do have a need for Connectify Lite, you won't have to worry about the software failing you. It performs its tasks as perfectly as possible, but many might find its functionality unnecessary. However, if you do need to create a WiFi hotspot with your PC from a wired internet connection, there are few options more efficient and intuitive than Connectify Lite.

Pros

  • Full WPA2 Encryption
  • Simple Setup
  • Shared Folder Management
  • Devices Detected Automatically

Cons

  • Requires Compatible Wireless Card

Connectify Lite can turn any computer with WiFi capability into a router that provides online connectivity to other devices. The program works as advertised, but the free version is very limited compared to what is available if an upgrade is purchased. All this software does is turn a WiFi enabled computer into a hotspot that can be accessed by other devices within range.

It is ideal for home use or when someone wants to share a single Internet connection at a place where normal WiFi service is not available. It is a great way to avoid costly data charges, and it can also help to promote better security by reducing risks associated with accessing unknown public hotspots.

The basic software provides decent connectivity between the computer and nearby devices such as tablets, smartphones and even game consoles. However, the signal strength and range is limited in the free version. Connections also automatically terminate after 90 minutes of continual use. You can easily reconnect and start over, but make sure that you are not in the middle of a large download or crucial moment in a game before you lose connectivity.

I am pretty happy with the functionality and ease of use that this program provides, but I don't see the need to spend the money for the full version just so I can tether more devices and improve my range. I can go out and buy a cheap router and avoid the subscription, as well as wear and tear that may be associated with using my laptop as a hotspot for an extended period of time.

It is important to note that connection strength and reliability depends on a number of factors. The quality of the WiFi antenna in the computer along with distance and obstructions contribute to signal strength. Some people will experience better results than others, and it is important to test this program before deciding to upgrade to the professional version.

Pros

This is a simple and reliable program that only takes moments to set up.

It works with any computer that has a WiFi card.

It can be used by any device with a WiFi receiver.

It can help to minimize data charges and promote greater security.

Cons

The free version limits range as well as connectivity options.

Connections time-out after 90 minutes of use.

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