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A free PC hotspot maker for anyone

Connectify Hotspot is a tool that turns your computer into a WiFi hotspot that any device can connect with. The application automatically recognizes your network card and configures it into a hotspot automatically. You’ll be assigned a name and password that other devices can use to access the WiFi provided. It is also compatible with Windows 11.

Network sharing

Connectify is a great software for anyone looking to share their WiFI connection with others through the creation of a personal hotspot. The application can also function as an easy method to share files through a quick drag and drop menu.

The service can allow others to access your 3G or 4G mobile connection. Recent updates Connectify in 2019 have improved the application, but the developers have not changed the interface to a more modern style.

Your computer needs to be able to access the WiFI you’re sharing and a network card to share it with tablets, phones, and other devices. This causes the usefulness of the application to be questionable as you’re likely already connected to a wireless network before launching the software.

Secure connection

The free Connectify Hotspot provides devices with a safe and secure connection. The network is automatically secured using WPA2-PSK encryption like most commercial routers. This ensures that the users that are connected to your internet are safe at all times.

File sharing

Connectify can also share files with any devices that are on the network. This uses a simple and effective drag and drop interface and can share almost any file type. The only limitation to this is that the speed depends on your shared connection.


Devices using the WiFi shared by this software will experience an adblocker, as the app does this for all information processed through it. This is a handy bonus feature that adds some use to this program that you normally wouldn’t use.

Monitor network usage

While other devices are using your newly created WiFi hotspot, you’ll be able to monitor the amount of network used by each one. This is essential if you’re using a USB modem or another form of mobile data to run the connection.

Bypass device restrictions

Connectify allows you to bypass device restrictions by causing all the internet traffic to appear as though it originates from your computer. This way any device such as game consoles or phones to act as if they were computers.

Share any connection

This application turns your phone into a hotspot. There’s a difference between a hotspot and a tethered connection. Tethered connections required devices to be linked via a cable of some kind, while hotspots can be accessed wirelessly.

This application turns your computer or laptop into a WiFi hotspot to share your current internet connection with other devices. Wired connections that need a Lan cable can instantaneously become wireless through this app and your VPN functions across all devices online.

Connect any device

You can use any device to connect to the hotspot that was automatically set up by the software. Tablets, laptops, mobile phones, gaming consoles, and any other WiFi-enabled hardware can utilize the connection available from your computer.

Extend the range

This software is capable of more than merely creating a hotspot, it can also act as a WiFi range extender. This is one of the only virtual routers that can perform this task and allow you to use devices that would normally be outside of the range.


If Connectify Hotspot isn’t your preferred application for creating WiFi hotspots you may find one of these alternatives as a better choice.

Baidu WiFi Hotspot is a simpler alternative that still manages to provide enough features to make it a powerful tool on any computer. The program is fast and secure

My Public WiFi is an ideal software for sharing your internet connection as it holds a constant speed. The app is simple but packs plenty of features.

OSToto Hotspot is a hotspot creator that does its job well without being complicated. One of the key features is the ability to set a timer to deactivate the connection automatically.

Comes in handy

This application is a prime choice for an unusual job; when your phone doesn’t have data and your USB modem is all you have, then this service is invaluable. The app can transform non-wireless connections from modems and 4G or 3G data into a Hotspot for any device to use.

The application has an outdated interface that’s easy to navigate but not appealing to your eyes. Devices connected through Connectify won’t be shown any ads as the service includes an adblocker.


  • Easily activated
  • Uses WPA2 encryption
  • Automatic detection for WiFi-enabled devices
  • Share folders


  • Needs a compatible wireless card

Program available in other languages

User reviews about Connectify Hotspot

  • Gulzar Raza

    by Gulzar Raza

    For the last one year ,I am using this software as a free It works very good

  • Inaam Ulhaq

    by Inaam Ulhaq

    Please don't instal this.because this works for few days .. then it stops working forever

  • Anonymous

    by Anonymous

    looks good on surface but create thousands of trouble. Pathetic..
    It contains 100s of bugs. Unnecessary intrusion into the system. Can create tr More

  • Anonymous

    by Anonymous

    nice app.
    nice app for windows 7 connect mibile and any hands for internet

  • Anonymous

    by Anonymous

    Connectify Hotspot is the best net sharing tools through WIFI....
    This is just awesome sharing tools through WIFI. I can share my net connection More

  • Anonymous

    by Anonymous

    Easy but useless for sharing hotel wifi as immediately discovered..
    Easy to set up and works well as a hot spot BUT despite using the stealth mo More


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