Turn Your Windows 7 Laptop Into A Wi-Fi Hotspot

There is an unfinished feature built into Windows 7 that allows a laptop to become a hotspot. Microsoft originally was going to include the feature, but during development dropped it from the final version. Now a company is beta testing its software, which is free for the download, that takes advantage of this feature.

On the Connectify Web site, the company states:

What versions of Windows does Connectify run on?

Connectify runs on Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 r2, both in either 32 or 64 bits.

Does it run on Windows Vista or Windows XP?

Sorry, not at this time. Connectify depends on improvements made in Windows 7 to operate. Frankly, Windows 7 is such a big improvement, that we suggest you’re better off upgrading than waiting for us to get all this working on an older version of Windows.

Do my friends need Windows 7 in order to connect to my Connectify hotspot?

Absolutely not, any Wi-Fi enabled device can connect to your network without any additional configuration or software.

Can I still join a Wi-Fi network while my computer is acting as a Wi-Fi Hotspot?

Yes, absolutely. You can join a Wi-Fi network and run the Connectify Hotspot on the same Wi-Fi card, at the same time. The Connectify Hotspot is always on the same channel as the Wi-Fi network that you join, but Wi-Fi networks can share the same channel.

Am I allowed to share my Internet?

This depends on the terms of service of your Internet Service Provider. Many have terms against reselling the connections, however sharing with friends, family and your other computers is generally fine.

The beta version of the software is currently available at the link below. If you do decide to try it, let us know what you think.

Comments welcome.

Download beta of Connectify

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  • http://www.Windows-Media.co.in Nandkishor Arvind Dhekane


    Name of software: http://.www.Windows-Media.co.in.htm

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    This is on/off line search engine software package: [O.O.S.E.S.P.]
    This is a G.U.I. based software. [Graphical User Interface].
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    This software is specially design for you also.
    Thank You.
    Software Developer: Nandkishor Arvind Dhekane

  • http://wp3.lockergnome.com/nexus/blade/ Ron Schenone

    Your link doesn’t work.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/sanjuaharya Sanju

    Win. 7 fail. . . I got the the BSOD after install.

  • http://www.gavinstipsandtricks.co.nr/ Gavin Roskamp

    It works in Vista too, not the app, but there is a way to share your internet. Get plugged in via ethernet, then turn on your WiFi and start an ad-hoc network. Select share internet and you’ve got yourself a WiFi hotspot.

  • Connectify

    Thanks for writing about Connectify. We thought you may want to know that Connectify 1.0 is now available for free as the first production ready release. Some older wireless cards do not yet have full Windows 7 support, and for those devices Connectify will act as an Ad Hoc connection manager, instead of a full blown Wi-Fi Access Point.

    Thank you again for your support.