Create Your Own Wi-Fi Hotspot With Connectify [Giveaway]

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[NO LONGER WORKS] Connectify turns your laptop into a personal wireless hotspot. Windows makes this possible, but makes you disconnect from Wi-Fi and connect with a wired connection to do it. Connectify actually lets you run a Wi-Fi hotspot while you’re connected to a Wi-Fi network, so you don’t have to get that network cable out.

Have you ever been at an airport or hotel that charges for Wi-Fi on a per-device basis? Do you frequently travel and find yourself entering Wi-Fi network information in all your devices at every coffee shop? Maybe you just want to share your network with friends and send files back and forth, or extend the range of an existing Wi-Fi network without buying additional hardware. Connectify makes this all possible.

We’re giving away a whopping 25 Connectify Pro licenses worth $1000 in total! Stay tuned for the giveaway.

The giveaway is over. Here are the winners:

  • David Mendoza
  • Daniel
  • Matheus Teruel Pratta
  • Robert Ocheltree
  • mishasin
  • Christian Naughton
  • Toby Hobbs
  • Woodong
  • John D
  • durrel laguerta
  • Robin Dollekamp
  • Dennis Fleming
  • Chin Hen-Siew
  • Farooq Hamid
  • Gerald Shutt
  • Lawrence Woolley
  • Joyce Reid
  • Kevin Ross
  • Linda Wapelhorst
  • Kangie Chan
  • piet djajadi
  • Neelay
  • Scott
  • Leenen
  • Ira Brandstein

Creating Your Hotspot

Connectify has a simple, easy-to-use interface, with one tab for configuring your hotspot and another for viewing connected clients. From the Settings tab, you can set your hotspot’s name and password, select the Internet connection you want to share and start your hotspot.

The basic features are available in Connectify Lite, but Connectify Pro offers more goodies at $39.99. Connectify Lite users are limited to hotspot names starting with “Connectify-“, while Pro users can set any name they want. Connectify Pro can also automatically determine the best Internet connection to share, as well as sharing Internet from a USB dongle or 3G/4G card over Wi-Fi.

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Hidden behind the Advanced Settings drop-down, you’ll find settings for changing your network’s encryption and managing its firewall. You can disallow access to the Internet if you only want to permit local file sharing, or disallow access to the local network if you want to share an Internet connection without sharing your local network. These firewall settings are only for Connectify Pro users.

Connecting Your Devices

After starting your hotspot, you can connect to it from all your Wi-Fi-enabled devices. You’ll see each connected device on the Clients tab.

You can right-click a device to disable Internet or local network access for it, even if you’re a Connectify Lite user. You can also use the Rename option to name the device if Connectify doesn’t detect a good name for it.

Services & Connectify Peers

If you’ve used previous versions of Connectify, you’ll find that Connectify 3.3 simplifies the Services feature. Instead of offering an additional Services tab, Connectify displays each service attached to its device in the Clients pane. You can see the services each device is offering, such as Windows file sharing and iTunes music libraries. Connectify Pro users can easily connect to the services from here.

Connectify 3.3 also introduces the Connectify Peers feature. Any computers running Connectify on the local network, whether they’re connected to your hotspot or not, appear in this list. You can browse their services and transfer files.

Drag-and-Drop Wi-Fi File Transfers

New in Connectify 3.3 is an easy-to-use, drag-and-drop Wi-Fi file transfer feature. Drag and drop files onto a device running Connectify in the Clients pane and Connectify will send them a file. They’ll be prompted to accept or deny the file transfer. You can use this to transfer files of any size, but Connectify Lite users are limited to one file transfer per day.

If the other device isn’t running Connectify, Connectify will provide you with a link to a local web page. The other user can connect to the web page, which is running on your laptop, and download the file. The page also provides a link to download Connectify, so you can send files more easily in the future.

This also works with computers not connected to Wi-Fi at all. If you’re running Connectify on your desktop computer, you can drag and drop files back and forth from the Connectify Peers list in the Clients pane.

Extending a Wi-Fi Network

Connectify can also function as a Wi-Fi repeater, extending a wireless network’s range. You can use it to extend Wi-Fi throughout a building or even out into your backyard. Click the Connectify menu button, point to Easy Setup and use the Clone Wi-Fi Settings option to get started.

Select the existing Wi-Fi network you want to extend and Connectify will function as a repeater instead of creating a new hotspot. This feature is only for Connectify Pro users.

[NO LONGER WORKS] Download Connectify Lite to get started and experience Connectify for yourself.

We’re giving away 25 Connectify Pro licenses this week! Here’s how you can win one.

How do I win a copy?

It’s simple, just follow the instructions.

Step 1: Fill in the giveaway form

Please fill in the form with your real name and email address so that we can get in touch if you are chosen as a winner. Click here if you can’t view the form.

The giveaway code required to activate the form is available from our Facebook page.

Step 2: Share!

You’re almost done. Now, all that’s left to do is to share the post. There are 2 options to choose from or you can do both!

Like it on Facebook

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This giveaway begins now and ends Wednesday, March 7th. The winners will be selected at random and informed via email.

Spread the word to your friends and have fun!

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49 Comments - Write a Comment

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Hank Hollman

GENIUS … Absolutely Genius!

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Robert Ocheltree

Thanks for the giveaway.

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Swaminathan Venkatesh

Chris, I am not on facebook. That means I don’t have a chance to participate in this Give away?

Chris Hoffman

I don’t handle the giveaway part. But, as far as I know, Facebook is required.

I’m not a fan of Facebook either, so I feel your pain.

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yorgil

Thx, i have used Connectify for 18months, from first versions. Its great. And thos giveaway is fantastic, because PRO version rules!

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Nomadfromx

I do not understand, and where Giveaway code?

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Rene Gatdula

…wishful thinking…

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Asrielrusdyawan

All Done.. Please count me in Dude.

THX, LJBU!

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matroska

very interesting, that’s all I can say

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Sunilkmadam

Very good.Thanks for Giveaway

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Ryan Campbell

I am currently running the free version and love it.  Pro version would be very nice :-)

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MrTax

great ! all done!

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troll

Many thanks for the offer and opportunity. 

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sushil kumar

thanks makeuseof for this giveaway….

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kurtum-i

Thanks for nice GiveAway,

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apn58

 Please count me in!

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Jeff Crissman

But I will not use Facebook, not now, not ever

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Rkeith57

I’m in, thanks

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Satxchtn

Will this work with a Mac?

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Emmanuel Olalere

Already done!, nice giveaway btw

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Kevin Ross

Thanks !

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Ted Kooper

  Thanks for the giveaway

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Helmut Tessarek

Ok, this is a Windows SW only. What would be an adequate SW on Mac OSX?

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ta4ghoti

Mac users may want to look into using an Airport Express for this purpose.  More expensive for sure but it has a lot of other uses as well.

Helmut Tessarek

So you want me to take an airport express with me all the time? This SW is supposed to help out when you are in a hotel or at the airport and want to create your own hotspot.

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tovuwe13

Loving the giveaway ! Thanks !

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Janis

Hope I win!  I could use this.

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Carol-Leah

Thank you for your contests and a chance to win useful items

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Boe402u

sounds like another great giveaway.

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Hemant Agnihotri

I am using the normal version .Need the pro key.

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MohammadWasiullah

Awesome giveaway  thanks count me in please

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Schmidty

thanks!

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Ashok Katariya

Am In………………. :)

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artclarke

Chris,
Thank you for the review and thanks makeuseof for the giveaway.
Your review convinced me to join this contest.
Art

Chris Hoffman

It’s a very slick app.

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Jimdriskill

Thanks for the contest. Please count me in. Connectify looks like very useful application.

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Dandy Putra

thank for giveaway…I will try at my home..

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vivek mishra

hope i win..thankyou “makeuseof” for this grreat app giveaway
and thankyou Chris 

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daren han

Liked on facebook and shared as Daren Han

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mishasin

Thank you very much for this giveaway, but i’ve found my(?) name in the list of the lucky winners, but still haven’t received the e-mail. Am i missing something?
Best regards

Chris Hoffman

I’m not sure, but I’ve forwarded your comment along to someone that should be able to help you. Hold tight!

Jackson Chung

Mishasin, it was sent to your Hotmail account. Check for emails from jackson@makeuseof.com

Thanks.

mishasin

Thank you very much for your quick reply, but it seems i’ve lost your e-mail.
Best regards

Jackson Chung

I’ve just sent it again.

mishasin

Thank you very, very much for your fast response, i’ve got your e-mail (and license key).
Best regards

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Swendy Xu

Want to be the winner? You can try another similar software named Virtual Hotspot. It can help turn your laptop (Windows Vista, 7, XP, 2008) into a virtual WiFi hotspot. Very easy to install and use. Only several clicks, you can have your other wifi devices like iPone, iPod, NDS, Wii connected to the free hostpot. Save your money and time.

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Asad

A much more simple and easy method to do this can be found here:

http://seevisionc.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/androidwifi-alternative-to-connectify.html

It does not requires installation of any software. And unlike connectify, you can choose any SSID name.

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