How To Make Computer A WiFi Hotspot To Share Internet Connection
In this article, we’ll show how you can make your computer to act as a WiFi Hotspot and share its Internet connection with other devices.
Just before we dive in, lets go back to the basics first.
What Is A Hotspot?
Hotspot is a physical location where a central device provides internet access to multiple devices.
Why Make Computer (PC) Into A WiFi Hotspot?
Let’s face it, we love our devices but, we can’t stand when they’re not connected which is why we seek WiFi everywhere we go.
When airports and hotels charge you per device, don’t you wish you could just pay once and get everything online? And what if you’re stuck somewhere with only a wired Ethernet connection?
Have you ever wanted to share your connection from your 4G USB card or tethered smartphone? Or maybe share your VPN connection so your Play station/X-box consoles can access region-restricted content?
The good news is, you can now do all that and more with an app called Connectify Hotspot app.
Hotspot allows your connected Windows PC to easily share internet connection with friends, co-workers and all your mobile devices so you can trade files, play games and much more.
Hotspot can even act as a repeater, boosting the range of your WiFi signal. Check out the graphical video on to make your computer as a WiFi hotspot.
How Does Connectify Work?
Connectify Hotspot turns your computer into a virtual router. Thanks to the “Virtual WiFi” technology that’s built into Windows 7, 8/8.1 and 10, your computer can create a WiFi hotspot, even while it stays connected to another WiFi network.
However, Connectify Hotspot is a lot more than just a wrapper around these command-line tools. Connectify Hotspot is a full suite of powerful routing software (NAT, DNS, and DHCP) that lets you share any Internet connection with any device that uses WiFi or wired Ethernet.
Is Connectify free?
Connectify offers both free and paid service. The free plan is called Lite and you can only have a hotspot session for 60 minutes.
You can always restart the 60-minutes counter so you can use the hotspot again. If you don’t like this and other limitations, we would highly recommend that you upgrade to their paid service for uninterrupted service and access to other paid features.
Connectify Free vs Paid
When you purchase Connectify Hotspot PRO or MAX, you can choose between 2 types of licenses:
A Lifetime perpetual license, which entitles you to all future updates and new features for the program
A 202X version license, which includes free updates to the current version only.
How Can I Use Connectify For Free?
First of all, go to Connectify website and click on the Download button.
Once you’ve downloaded, double-click on the file and choose I Agree to accept the license terms.
Next, click on Agree on the data management screen.
Now, the Connectify software will be installed.
To complete the installation, please choose Reboot Now and click on Finish.
When you computer has restarted, wait for a few seconds and you will get the following pop-up. Click on Try it out.
Note: If you don’t see the pop-up, look up for Connectify icon on your Desktop and double-click on it.
At this screen, click on Get Started with Lite to initiate the free plan.
How Do I Connect To Connectify Hotspot?
- Make sure your internet connection sharing mode is set to create a WiFi Hotspot.
2. Next, choose the Internet connection that you want to share with other devices. You can even share the WiFi network that you currently connected to. Choose to Help Me Pick if you’re not sure what to use.
3. Now, choose a name for your hotspot. Other devices will see a wireless network with this name (sometimes called and SSID).
Note: Paid users can choose any name for their Hotspot. Free (lite) users must have the name start with Connectify-
4. Next, choose the password that other devices use to connect to your hotspot. This is what you give people to let them connect to this hotspot.
5. Click Start Hotspot button at the bottom and wait for a few seconds.
That’s it! your computer will now act as a WiFi hotspot and you can search for the WiFi Hotspot name you created and connect to it.
Connected Devices To Your Hotspot
In the Clients tab, you can see all the devices which are connected to your hotspot.
Why Connectify’s Privacy Monitor Is Showing I’m Exposed?
Whenever you connect to the Internet, your device(s) will be assigned with an IP address and your location can be seen by anyone on the Internet.
Connectify Privacy monitor detects this and it will show whether your connection details are exposed or not.
If you’re exposed and especially if you’re on public WiFi, anyone with a bad intention can see what you’re doing online and may steal data from your device.
To secure your privacy, you will need to use a VPN service, which will encrypt your connection through a secure service and hides your real location/IP address so you can access the Internet anonymously.
How Do I Secure My Connection For Free?
I would highly recommend that use hide.me free VPN service to secure your connection.
Once you’re connected to the VPN, the Privacy Monitor will indicate your IP and location are secured. If you don’t see this, simply restart Connectify app.
Can I Share A VPN Connection Over Hotspot?
Yes, you can if you’re on their Pro / Max Plan. To do so, follow the steps below:
- Launch the hide.me VPN app and connect to the VPN.
- Once you’re connected, launch the Connectify app on your computer.
- Finally, choose hide.me (VPN) as the Internet to Share and click on Start Hotspot.
That’s it! Any devices connected to your hotspot will be on the secured VPN connection and protected.
How To Boost WiFi Signal Using Connectify?
If you’re on their paid (Max) plan, you can use your computer to extend your home/office/hotel router’s Wireless signal/range using Connectify app.
- To do so, run Connectify Hotspot. Click the WiFi Repeater button at the top right.
- Choose the WiFi network you want to extend from the Wi-Fi Network to Repeat dropdown.
- Finally, click the Start Hotspot button and Connectify Hotspot begins acting as a WiFi extender app and boost your WiFi signal instantly.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is Connectify Safe?
Absolutely! Their software has great security security and it also uses one of the strongest encryption which is the WPA-2 Personal (AES).
Connectify System Requirements
Connectify Hotspot supports Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10, or Windows Server 2012 and above.
How Many Devices Can Be Connected To A Hotspot?
Connectify Hotspot does not limit the number of client devices, but you can reach the limit that your wireless adapter will support.
The actual limit will depend on the wireless adapter itself, but most of the common adapters reach the limit somewhere in the 10-20 client range.
You will also need to consider your bandwidth. Say if you’re on a 100 Mbps line and you have 4 devices connected. Each of them will share the bandwidth accordingly. i.e. 25 Mbps max per device.
We’ve personally used Connectify Hotspot for the past 3 years especially to get our gaming consoles to bypass region-restricted services.
Overall, we are impressed with this software and the paid service added so much value for our daily usage.
Have you used Connectify? What do you think about them?