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Connectify Hotspot

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Posted:March 4, 2014, 8:55 pm
Updated:March 4, 2014, 8:55 pm
Operating System:Windows

Connectify can easily act as your primary router or even a repeater for your home router, extending its range and providing Internet access wherever you need it. Connect to your home network, enter the same Wi-Fi name and password, and hit “Start Hotspot.” Devices will automatically connect to the Internet through either your Connectify hotspot or home router depending on proximity.

Before you know it you can finally have Internet access in that impossible back room or basement. In addition, if you run Connectify away from home with these settings, any devices that need to be bound to a specific network (such as Eye-Fi cards or wireless printers ) will work flawlessly with no additional configuration no matter where you are! So forget trying to mess around on the command line with ICS, Virtual Wi-Fi, orHosted Network, just install Connectify and have a real hotspot up and running in seconds.

Software Access Point

Transform your laptop into a real Wi-Fi hotspot, sharing any available Internet connection

Share Internet from other Wi-Fi Networks

Re-broadcast the Wi-Fi network you’re on, as your own secure Connectify Hotspot using your laptop’s Wi-Fi card.

Display Connected Computers/Devices

Know who and what devices are connected to your Connectify Hotspot at all times.

Simple Firewall Controls

Set Internet and local network (LAN) access permissions for each connected device.


Set your desired Hotspot name and password. PRO users can name their hotspot anything they want while Free users must start with “Connectify-”
Select which Internet connection you’d like to share. Share your the Internet connection from your Cableor DSL modem, a 3G or 4G modem, even another Wi-Fi network
Click Start Hotspot, thats it!

Other Wi-Fi devices such as laptops and smartphones will be able to see and connect to your hotspot just like any other access point.

Version Features

Application Settings: The Applications screen (Settings -> Applications) has been totally redone, and has become a powerful new tool to both understand and control what your applications are doing with your Internet connections.

The window is scalable. If you stretch it wide, it will show you all of the information on each application in separate columns. If the window is narrower, it will show only the most pertinent information.

Every application running on your system gets a row in the table. That row turns green whenever it actually accesses the Internet. There are several columns of data: Current Usage, Total Usage and Tracked Connections (open sockets).
Each application has an Adapter Setting. Selecting this brings up a dialog that lets you select how Dispatch will handle connections from the application:

Smart Load Balancing (Default) - Uses Dispatch’s intelligent load balancing algorithm
Use Only Adapter - assigns the traffic from the application to the specific adapter
Use Any Adapter Except - Allows you to exclude traffic from a specific adapter while still gaining the benefit of using other adapters for the benefit of load balancing
Round Robin - Ensure that each connection from this application ends up on the next available adapter
Lowest Latency - Use the adapter with the lowest latency at the time the connection is made - please note that this will not ensure that another adapter might have lower latency than the one chosen in the future
Do Not Dispatch - Use Windows  Default Network as if Dispatch wasn’t started
Blocked - Do not allow any Internet traffic from this application - useful for controlling Internet usage


Reset Connections: Immediately breaks all of that application’s connections (sockets, etc.). This can be useful with applications such a BitTorrent to force them to reopen the sockets when your internet connections have changed.
Reset Usage: Resets the “Total Usage” number to 0, so that tracking starts over.

DNS Override -DNS Override - DNS Adapter Selection - When DNS Override is enabled, you can chose to balance the DNS requests using ‘Any Adapter’ (previous behavior; follows rules from Interface Selection tab), ‘Lowest Latency’, or ‘Round Robin’.
Ability to hide News and Banners

New Hotspot Features

Firewall state of unknown clients - The default firewall rules from the Settings tab now affect clients prior to them being identified and showing up in the Clients tab as connected clients.

Bug Fixes


Properly load ‘Always Show Ad-Hoc’ setting on UI start
Work even when Windows  Firewall has been uninstalled completely from the system
Identify when Domain Group Policy forbids Connectify


Fix incoming connections to local servers (RDP fix, uTorrent opened port fix)
More logging around Dashboard communication issues
Improve Dashboard memory usage
Fix interface latency/reliability measurements when WAN connections come and go


Fix case when Connectify service loses activation after reboot
Fix upgrades from version 3.x not being able to stay activated
Fix activation fallback methods on systems without default browsers set
Add service dependency to fix activation on systems where Connectify service came up before the WMI service
More logging around service installation and packet redirection errors
Set Windows  8/8.1 to not minimize number of concurrent connections.
Fix installer crash at ‘Checking for software conflicts’
Fix for ‘Only one copy of installer can be run at once’
Improved cleanup of old ports in Hotspot and Dispatch NAT layer