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CONNECTIVITY: Connectify 1.0 Wireless Personal Area Network for Windows 7 released
Posted by Arne Hess - on Tuesday, 22.12.09 - 14:41:36 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 19289x
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Three weeks ago, I quickviewed the 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 Windows Mobile, Android and webOS smartphones as well as Windows XP, Windows Vista 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

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