weeks ago, I
public Beta of Connectify and yesterday evening, Connectify announced the
public release of
Connectify 1.0, a free software application for Windows 7 that turns any
WiFi enabled computer into a real wireless access point. With Connectify, users
can share any Internet connection: a cable modem, a cellular card or even
another WiFi network with virtually any device that supports WiFi. Connectify
has hit a market need: since its beta release on October 27th, Connectify has
had over 97,000 downloads and - according to Connectify - 26 % of Connectify
users state they upgraded to Windows 7 specifically to be able to use Connectify.
Consumers can use the software to connect their computers, smart phones, music
players, game systems and other devices onto personal WiFi networks or to extend
the range of their home WiFi networks. Because the Connectify software is free
to download and use, users can save money on multiple WiFi connections while on
the road and still get all their devices online simultaneously.
"Everywhere you go, users congregate in groups and have multiple devices
including notebook PCs, WiFi enabled handsets and mobile internet devices,"
said Alex Gizis, CEO of Connectify. "We simply noticed a tremendous problem:
There was no easy way for all of the user's mobile devices to get and stay
online. Connectify is our solution."
For teams of mobile professionals, Connectify plus file sharing is a mobile
office to go. Only the machine sharing the Internet connection needs to be
running Connectify. Other WiFi enabled devices can see and join the hotspot just
like any other WiFi access point and do not even need to be running Windows.
"MiFi has been a raging success providing a standalone device to enable
WiFi access for up to five nearby WiFi enabled systems," said J. Gerry
Purdy, Ph.D., Chief Analyst for Mobile & Wireless at Frost & Sullivan and
Managing Director, Yosemite Ventures. "Now, any new notebook PC can be
turned into a WiFi hotspot using free software from Connectify."
Connectify is available at no charge and supports most Windows 7 versions and a
wide range of W-LAN modules. We've tested Connectify with several
webOS smartphones as
well as Windows XP,
and Windows 7
Netbooks and Notebooks and it worked quite well with any of the tested devices,
it even works with the Eye-Fi WiFi memory card.
In future, the company also plans to provide a number of value added services
within the software that will be made available for a small fee.
Cheers ~ Arne