Technology is on fire!! Almost everything is becoming wireless, getting wireless internet access is a very common & reliable practice. Sharing Internet with other users without any wire involving for a certain range is called WiFi. A WiFi hotspot is simply an area with an accessible wireless network. A hotspot is a physical location where people may obtain Internet access, typically using Wi-Fi technology, via a wireless local area network (WLAN) using a router connected to an internet service provider.
Let’s say you’ve a Windows laptop and you want to share your Internet connection from your laptop via WiFi. Windows 10 does have an inbuilt WiFi Hotspot feature but honestly it is not that good! Older Windows version didn’t have inbuilt software support for WiFi Hotspot. Though you can manually create WiFi Hotspot on your Windows 7 or 8.1 PC by using the command line, which is a bit hassle for average users.
The easy way is to download and install a third party software and you’re ready to go…
Best WIFI Hotspot Software
I’ve used several free WiFi Hotspot software for my Windows laptop but the experience was not that sweet! Finally I got what I was looking for, that’s Connectify! With Connectify, you can quickly turn your computer into a hotspot. I’m amazed by its reliability and simplicity. Basically there are two paid versions of Connectify, Pro and Max. There is also a free version.
I’ll discuss below some of its key features:
Connectify Hotspot Free
Share Any Connection (Except 3G and 4G)
The cool thing about Connectify is the ability to share any link. Obviously, you can share the Wi-Fi connection, but you can also share an Ethernet connection.
It sets your new Wi-Fi hotspot like a primary router, password, and everything. Connectify will automatically generate a password for you and if you want you can customize it as you like.
If you need to keep track of your device’s data usage, it will give you access to that info. You can monitor each device’s data usage separately.
Connectify Hotspot Pro & Max [Paid]
If you have a tethering plan on your PC or mobile device you can now easily connect it through Pro and Max both. Connectify Hotspot PRO and MAX let you easily share the Internet connection from your 3G or 4G LTE mobile broadband device.
Custom Hotspot Names
You can give your personal hotspot a unique name.
Bridging/Repeater Mode [Max Only]
You get the feature of Wi-Fi bridging and repeater mode. Bridging essentially connects your devices to the actual network. Repeater mode extends the range of your Wi-Fi.
Custom IP and DHCP Controls [Max Only]
For power users that want more control over their hotspot, Custom IP and DHCP controls ensure that particular devices connect on a user-specified IP range.
Finally there’s a particular thing that I love the most about Connectify is that it offers Lifetime License for a fair price! I’m using that Lifetime License for so long!