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For those times when your hotels’ wireless…isn’t.


Recently while trying to get some things done at my hotel I noticed my laptop was getting great internet via the hotels wired connection, but my wireless devices (phone and tablet) were getting awful reception from the Hotel Wireless. It occurred to me…why I can’t I use my laptop as a wireless Access Point? I can do that with my phone (thank you Android) when I’m somewhere with good cell signal and no wireless, so I should be able to do the same when I’ve got a wired signal, and no good wireless APs. So a quick Google search for “Laptop as an access point” later and I found Connectify

Recently while trying to get some things done at my hotel I noticed my laptop was getting great internet via the hotels wired connection, but my wireless devices (phone and tablet) were getting awful reception from the Hotel Wireless.   It occurred to me…why I can’t I use my laptop as a wireless Access Point?   I can do that with my phone (thank you Android) when I’m somewhere with good cell signal and no wireless, so I should be able to do the same when I’ve got a wired signal, and no good wireless APs.   So a quick Google search for “Laptop as an access point” later and I found Connectify.

Connectify is a small application that uses a new feature of Windows 7 called virtual wifi to share your internet with your wireless devices.  In essence, VWIFI allows you to share your network resource similar to how hardware virtualization allows you to use the resources of a single machine to create multiple virtual machines.   Connectify uses these virtual network connections to emulate, and function as, a wireless hotspot.    It runs as a small app in your tray and allows you to manage connections and settings so you can secure the connection with encryption and password protected access.

Since the application uses VWIFI it is only available for Windows 7, however it is free and even will allow you connect all your devices when no internet is available for file sharing.

On VWIFI check out:  http://www.istartedsomething.com/20090516/windows-7-native-virtual-wifi-technology-microsoft-research/

On Connectify check out: http://www.connectify.me

Does anyone know of a good non-Windows 7 version?

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