logo-connectifyThere are a lot of people who use a wired internet connection on their desktop computer. When you have the occasional need to connect a device via Wi-Fi, you can use your Wi-Fi equipped computer as a hotspot with the help of Connectify.

Another potential use is for people tethering their smart phone to their computer. If you need to supply a connection to more than just your computer and you have to tether by having your phone connected to your computer via cable, this is a great solution. Lets look at how Connectify can help you create Wi-Fi hotspots on the fly.

Getting started with Connectify

You will need a Windows computer with a wireless card installed. That being said, you will need to download Connectify and run through the setup wizard. Once are through with the setup process, you will need to reboot your machine.

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When it finishes restarting, you will see that Connectify is started and asking you to select the type of license. For this article, we will be talking about the Lite (Free) version. There is a pro version that offers more configuration options.

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Configuring your new Wi-Fi hotspot

There are some basic settings you will need to enter to start. First off, you will need to name your connection. The default name is Connectify-me. Then you will need to add a password to protect your Wi-Fi connection.

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On this screen, you will also need to change the type of internet connection you will be using in the base computer. If you opt for the pro license, you can have Connectify automatically choose for you.

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Using your new Wi-Fi hotspot

To start streaming your connection, all you need to do is click the Start Hotspot button in the bottom left of the window. It may take a minute, but you will then see your connection is ready to be used by other devices.

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The guest devices will connect to your base computer like it was a wireless connection at your local coffee shop. They will just need to type in the password you set and they can connect. When the guest devices are connected, you will see the device and the IP address given to each.

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If you have someone who is leaching off of your connection, you can end their session by right clicking on the device and selecting Disable Internet Access. On the same screen, you can Disable Local Access.

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There are other settings you may want to toy with. You can access them by clicking on the logo button in the top left of the Connectify window. You will see a drop down with other options for you to further customize your connection. In Advanced Settings, there is an option to time out idle connections. The default time is 3 minutes.

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When you are ready to terminate your Wi-Fi stream, you can click on the icon in the top left and select Exit. There will be a confirmation box making sure you want to end the connection. Select yes and your all done.

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Conclusion

This a great free application for those of you who have a desktop with a wireless card and perhaps a tablet or an iPod. Even if you have a house guest for the weekend and they have a laptop and need a wireless connection for a few days. If you are the type to use your laptop as a hotspot really often, you may want to opt for the additional settings the pro version offers.

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