Connectify review: simple and powerful Internet sharing

First published on February 18, 2012

Connectify is a free program that enables you to create a wireless network from your computer. In other words, as long as you have a working Internet connection on a computer, and a wireless card, you can share that connection by creating your own ad hoc “hotspot”. Connectify has been around for a few years now, and is becoming more widely useful as accessing the Internet while “on the go” becomes more and more common.

The two main uses I have for Connectify are:

  • Sharing my home wired-only network to a smart phone (since the smart phone can only connect wirelessly)
  • Sharing one Internet connection in a hotel or other public network with multiple devices.

When you run the Connectify application, the settings are straightforward and editable in a graphical user interface, and arguably much easier to work with than an actual router. It does exactly what you expect it to do, without the technical elements getting in the way.

Setting up Connectify

In short, the process is as follows:

  1. Name the network
  2. Choose the connection to share (such as your wired or wireless connection)
  3. Choose the device to share it through (such as your wireless card)
  4. Choose the encryption type and set the password.

Once you create your network, it will show up on the list of available networks of other devices just like any other network. From the source computer, you can see who is connected and disconnect them if necessary.

Browsing through the network set up through my laptop on another device is as reliable as the connection on the laptop. Performance-wise, I haven’t done speed tests; browsing on other devices is slower than on the laptop, but is more than responsive enough for regular needs.

The free version of Connectify is more than adequate for most uses. There is also a paid, Pro version for about $30 that has some additional features such as: fully customizing the network name (SSID), sharing 3G connections, setting up fine-grained access configuration, and enhanced support.


2 Responses to “Connectify review: simple and powerful Internet sharing”

  1. tim says:

    Unless I’m misunderstanding what this software does, doesn’t a plain Jane winxp system have this capability? I’ve used the internet connection sharing (ICS) feature when I was still on dialup and didn’t have a router yet. I’ve used it to set up wireless access points as well.

    Reply from Peter: Good point — I didn’t know that existed!

  2. Chuck says:

    I purchased Connectify Pro and can’t get it to work. I have sent numerous emails to their support, you can’t call them, and generated a support ticket. I even ask for help on their Facebook page and I have been totally ignored. I now find myself having to go back to my credit card company to try and get my money back. I recommend anyone stay away from this company. Chuck

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