Create Your Own Wi-Fi Hotspot With Connectify

Jackson Chung 29-02-2012

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.

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.

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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.

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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.


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Download Connectify to get started and experience Connectify for yourself.

Related topics: Internet Connection Sharing, Wi-Fi.

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  1. emams
    July 22, 2016 at 5:31 pm

    i have connectify hotspot pro version 8.0 on m laptop ...though its running, it seems not to broadcast my network as m phone and other wireless deviecs dont seem to detect m network......what could be wrong.

  2. Asad
    June 6, 2012 at 11:04 pm

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

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

  3. Swendy Xu
    May 14, 2012 at 7:35 am

    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.

  4. mishasin
    April 7, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    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
      April 8, 2012 at 2:41 am

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

    • Jackson Chung
      April 8, 2012 at 9:12 am

      Mishasin, it was sent to your Hotmail account. Check for emails from


      • mishasin
        April 8, 2012 at 11:43 am

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

        • Jackson Chung
          April 8, 2012 at 3:03 pm

          I've just sent it again.

        • mishasin
          April 8, 2012 at 4:04 pm

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

  5. daren han
    March 6, 2012 at 9:11 am

    Liked on facebook and shared as Daren Han

  6. vivek mishra
    March 5, 2012 at 7:35 am

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

  7. Dandy Putra
    March 4, 2012 at 5:04 am

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

  8. Jimdriskill
    March 3, 2012 at 11:04 pm

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

  9. artclarke
    March 3, 2012 at 2:14 pm

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

    • Chris Hoffman
      March 3, 2012 at 2:36 pm

      It's a very slick app.

  10. Ashok Katariya
    March 3, 2012 at 11:23 am

    Am In................... :)

  11. Schmidty
    March 3, 2012 at 7:02 am


  12. MohammadWasiullah
    March 3, 2012 at 4:34 am

    Awesome giveaway  thanks count me in please

  13. Hemant Agnihotri
    March 3, 2012 at 4:23 am

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

  14. Boe402u
    March 3, 2012 at 3:28 am

    sounds like another great giveaway.

  15. Carol-Leah
    March 3, 2012 at 3:09 am

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

  16. Janis
    March 3, 2012 at 1:46 am

    Hope I win!  I could use this.

  17. tovuwe13
    March 2, 2012 at 11:29 pm

    Loving the giveaway ! Thanks !

  18. ta4ghoti
    March 2, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    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
      March 3, 2012 at 1:04 am

      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.

  19. Helmut Tessarek
    March 2, 2012 at 8:36 pm

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

  20. Ted Kooper
    March 2, 2012 at 8:10 pm

      Thanks for the giveaway

  21. Kevin Ross
    March 2, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    Thanks !

  22. Emmanuel Olalere
    March 2, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    Already done!, nice giveaway btw

  23. Satxchtn
    March 2, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    Will this work with a Mac?

  24. Rkeith57
    March 2, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    I'm in, thanks

  25. Jeff Crissman
    March 2, 2012 at 4:54 pm

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

  26. apn58
    March 2, 2012 at 4:27 pm

     Please count me in!

  27. kurtum-i
    March 2, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Thanks for nice GiveAway,

  28. sushil kumar
    March 2, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    thanks makeuseof for this giveaway....

  29. troll
    March 2, 2012 at 5:37 am

    Many thanks for the offer and opportunity. 

  30. MrTax
    March 1, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    great ! all done!

  31. Ryan Campbell
    March 1, 2012 at 3:56 pm

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

  32. Sunilkmadam
    March 1, 2012 at 10:49 am

    Very good.Thanks for Giveaway

  33. matroska
    March 1, 2012 at 5:37 am

    very interesting, that's all I can say

  34. anish274
    March 1, 2012 at 2:08 am
  35. Asrielrusdyawan
    March 1, 2012 at 1:54 am

    All Done.. Please count me in Dude.

    THX, LJBU!

  36. Rene Gatdula
    March 1, 2012 at 12:59 am

    ...wishful thinking...

  37. Nomadfromx
    March 1, 2012 at 12:40 am

    I do not understand, and where Giveaway code?

  38. yorgil
    February 29, 2012 at 10:17 pm

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

  39. Swaminathan Venkatesh
    February 29, 2012 at 9:50 pm

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

    • Chris Hoffman
      March 9, 2012 at 9:21 am

      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.

  40. Robert Ocheltree
    February 29, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  41. Hank Hollman
    February 29, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    GENIUS ... Absolutely Genius!