Connectify – Turn a Windows 7 Laptop into a Wi-Fi Hotspot

 imageHave only one internet connection and several people needing access?  Need to share data in a workgroup?  Need to create a wifi connection to support a remote control device for a PC presentation?  Or need to extend the the range of a wifi network into a distant corner of the house or yard?

With a Windows 7 PC and software from Connectify all this is possible by turning a laptop into a hotspot.  It’s  simple to set up and its free.

The Connectify website describes the product like this:

“Connectify is an easy to use software router for Windows 7 computers. After downloading and installing the lightweight application, Connectify utilizes your computers’ built in Wi-Fi card to wirelessly share any available Internet connection: a cable modem, a cellular card, or even another Wi-Fi network. Other Wi-Fi enabled devices including laptops, smart phones, music players, and gaming systems 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.”

I downloaded the software on an Acer Aspire laptop running Windows 7 Home Premium.   A simple network wizard asks for a network name and a password.  A small screen starts up which allows you to turn on/off the service.  The screen shows who has joined the service.

Next I checked for wifi service on both my iPhone and iPad.  Sure enough the new wifi network was available to both devices.  Entering the password put both the devices on the laptop hotspot service.  Dead simple and easy.

So if you need to set up a hotspot using a USB internet stick or any other access device this is a great service.  And its Free!

Go to the Connectify website for the free download.  Watch the video as well.  Its good for a few entertaining laughs.

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