Connectify Hotspot is a tool which quickly turns your PC or laptop into a wireless hotspot, making your internet connection available to other devices.
Getting started is easy. Choose the network connection to share, enter a password (make it a good one if you're in a public area), click "Start Hotspot", and you're done.
Within seconds a "Connectify-Me" hotspot should be visible to other wireless devices. Pass your password to their users and they'll be able to connect.
A "Clients" tab lists everything using your hotspot. That's convenient as a quick security check, and you also get real-time stats showing their bandwidth usage and upload/ download speeds.
By default, Connectify launches when your PC starts and automatically restores its last state. If that's not what you need, the program can keep its hotspot running all the time, or only when you specifically turn it on.
There are assorted other low-level network settings for experts to explore, including UPnP support.
There's both a Pro and Max version of Connectify Hotspot which have additional features such as sharing 5G connections, a bridge mode and more.
What's new in 2018.2?
- Bridging, Repeater Mode and Custom DHCP Ranges are all now fully supported for MAX users, on all Windows 10 FCU machines, including those that only support Wi-Fi Direct (like the Surface Pro 4)!
- More Emoji: 846 additional emojis are now supported in the hotspot name, courtesy of EmojiOne. The emoji keyboard has an additional “popular” tab to make easier to find the most commonly used emoji at a glance.