What is Connectify Hotspot?
Connectify Hotspot (previously “Connectify Dispatch”) is a software load balancer for Windows that lets you use all available Internet connections including Wi-Fi, ethernet, 3G, 4G, and more at the same time for blazing fast downloads and a better overall browsing experience.
Hotspot Easily Connects All Your Devices to Wi-Fi : Connectify Hotspot makes all your devices happy. This easy-to-use virtual router application lets you share Internet from your laptop with your smartphone, tablet, media player, e-reader, other laptops, and even your nearby friends. Use it anywhere in the world without restrictions.
Share any Available Connection Over Wi-Fi or Ethernet : Already have a 3G or 4G USB adapter or a tethering plan for your mobile phone? Hotspot PRO and MAX editions allow you to share any Internet connection type, to keep all your devices online wherever you go, either via Wi-Fi or wired Ethernet. You can even share a VPN connection over Wi-Fi to protect all your connected devices.
Bridge Connected Devices to Your Home Network and Fix Strict NAT Issues : Your game consoles and all of your other devices will appear to be on the source network when you’re connecting them to Connectify Hotspot MAX in Bridging Mode. Get your Playstation, Xbox, Nintendo and other gaming consoles working on your home network instantly. You can also fix strict NAT issues to get a moderate NAT.
Boost Your Wi-Fi Range Instantly with Wi-Fi Repeater Mode : Extend the range of your existing Wi-Fi network. Connectify Hotspot MAX is the only true Wi-Fi Repeater software for Windows. All your applications work just like they would on the original network, including gaming consoles and streaming media.
Connectify Hotspot Review (Free Plan)
The free software comes with the features you would expect while Pro and Max offers several features that enhance this experience. For now, let’s focus on the free version.
The cool thing about Connectify is the ability to share any link. Obviously, you can share the Wi-Fi connection, but you can also share an Ethernet connection.
The service sets your new Wi-Fi hotspot like a primary router, password, and everything. Connectify will automatically generate a password for you and you can customize it to whatever you would like.
If you need to keep track of your devices’ data usage (or are just curious), the service will give you access to that info. By finding the client tab in the software, you can find information on your connected devices such as:
- When it was first connected
- The total time it has been connected
- Full data used
- Download/upload speeds
Connectify Review – Pro & Max (Paid Plans)
The other versions of this software are Hotspot Pro & Max; both are paid versions priced at $35 and $50 respectively. Both these paid versions come with a lifetime license as well as a yearly license. So do check the prices carefully before purchasing your license. These days, however, they have a very cool 70% off on Max which I think is a real deal-grabber for anyone interested in owning a reliable hotspot software.
So what are the benefits of buying a Pro versus a Max? Apart from knowing that you have a 30-day money back guarantee, you also have the luxury of the following perks:
If you have a tethering plan on your PC or mobile device you can now easily connect it through Pro and Max both.
Custom Hotspot Names
You can give your personal hotspot a unique name with both the paid versions; in the free version, the name is simply Connectify-me.
Unique to Max version only; you get the feature of Wi-Fi bridging and repeater mode. Bridging essentially connects your devices to the actual network (which is handy for making services like online games work). Repeater mode extends the range of your Wi-Fi. Slick eh?
The free version allows you to “fling” files between connected devices; but that was limited to few “flings”; with Max and Pro, you get unlimited sharing of data. In fact, according to Connectify website, its the only software router that lets you wirelessly send files directly to connected devices, without even needing an Internet connection. So I would say, if you have the need, the PCs and the money, grab the deal of 70% off! And even if the deal is off, $35 is not a bad price to start…
Custom IP and DHCP Controls
Unique to Max version only; if you are one of those people who want to control the custom IP and DHCP configurations for each device then this is for you. This is useful for gaming, Peer 2 peer sharing and custom applications.
Does Connectify Hotspot Work?
Setting it up was a breeze and it was just as easy to set up my phone with it. I also didn’t notice any speed difference connecting with Connectify as opposed to directly with the Wi-Fi. Really my only complaint for the software is the tutorial. It is annoying at best and completely unhelpful at worst. It only serves to tell you blatantly obvious information and slows down the entire process. But that’s a small complaint for what is otherwise a solid service. You are welcome to use our guide for installing connectify hotspot sofware.
If you have Windows 10, the program will even sync with your notifications bar which is to say that this software is compatible with Windows 10.
Connectify Hotspot is a simple and very reliable software for anyone who wants a personal hotspot service. It is easy to setup, comes with some useful features and a free version as well. If you want to enhance your service, of course, the Pro and Max versions have some great features, and it all comes at the low-ish price of $35 & $50 for Pro and Max versions (when they are not on any offer). All in all, it is definitely worth a try for anyone looking to share internet connection. You can grab the 70% off deal on Connectify Max now!