Many a times the Wi-Fi router is located in such a way that it does not provide proper signals in certain parts of the house or office premises. In such a case you can use your computer’s Wi-Fi to boost wireless signals by making it a Wi-Fi hotspot. While I have previously reviewed some very handy applications that can perform this function, namely MyPublicWiFi, MHotspot and MariFi, they do not seem to work on some computers. The reason for this is probably incompatibility with certain kind of Wi-Fi cards. Connectify is a robust application that allows you to make your PC a Wi-Fi hotspot. The good thing about Connectify is that not only is it easier to use than the aforementioned applications, but also seems to be free of Wi-Fi card incompatibility issues.
With the help of Connectify you can easily create a Wi-Fi hotspot by using your computer’s Wi-Fi card and connect Android, iPhone, iPad, PlayStation and any other wireless device to the internet via your PC. In other words you can connect anything from a smartphone, tablet, a gaming console, another PC or even a Mac computer to the internet via your PC.
Step 1: Download and install Connectify from the link given at the end of this post. Connectify has both a free and paid version. The free version provides all basic functionalities.
Step 2: Once done, launch Connectify and click the icon from the system tray (next to your PC clock), enter a name and password for your Wi-Fi hotspot and click Start Hotspot. The default hotspot name is Connectify-me, you can change that if you like. If you are using the Lite (free) version, make sure that you leave the default Share Over: Wi-Fi option intact.
Step 3: The Wi-Fi hotspot will immediately start and begin showing among the available wireless connections in the vicinity. Go to the wireless option of your device and simply connect to the Wi-Fi hotspot that appears in the list. As you can seen from the Android screenshot below, the Connectify-me connections is appearing among available connections.
Enjoy your Wi-Fi hotspot. It is worth mentioning here that your system may face some thermal heating issues while Connectify is running. To avoid such problems you can change the affinity of Connectify (allocate less processor cores). To find out how to resolve thermal heating problems for your laptop, check out my post: How To Prevent Your Laptop Or PC From Overheating. If you would like to keep an eye on your systems temperature, including the temperature of your processor, hard drive and other components, use the free Speccy software.
If you still have any confusions about how Connectifyworks, then check out this video.
Connectify can be used to create Wi-Fi hotspots on the following Windows based operating systems: