Best 5 Apps for Sharing Your Computer's Internet Connection

Turn your computer into a hotspot

Combining the functionality of a proxy server and a firewall, internet connection sharing software provides connection sharing for a home network similar to a network router. Compared to Microsoft Windows ICS, these products offer additional features, which may be more reliable and easier to use. They allow you to connect all your devices to the internet through one connection with your service provider.

of 05

Connectify Hotspot

Connectify website
What We Like
  • Simplistic interface.

  • Fast download.

  • Ad blocker.

What We Don't Like
  • Starting and stopping takes time.

  • Restart sometimes required to connect.

  • May not reconnect automatically.

Use Connectify, a virtual router app, when you want to share an internet connection with all your devices at home or in the office. No additional hardware, like a wireless router, is necessary. 

The free Connectify Hotspot shares a wireless internet connection. If you have wired, mobile, or other VPS virtual adapters, you'll need to upgrade to Connectify Hotspot PRO or MAX.

of 05

Ositis WinProxy

Ositis WinProxy download page.
What We Like
  • Easy setup.

  • Firewall security capabilities.

  • Browser-based maintenance.

What We Don't Like
  • Only for Windows.

  • No native logfile.

  • Spam filter not practical.

WinProxy has been in existence for a long time. The latest version bundles internet connection sharing with antivirus, anti-spyware, URL filtering, and other security options. WinProxy includes a built-in firewall, parental site restrictions, and privileges that put the user in control of internet access.

of 05


MyPublicWiFi download page with screenshots.
What We Like
  • Easy to set up and use.

  • Supports accountability with tracking.

  • Blocks other network users from using P2P.

What We Don't Like
  • Requires restarting the device.

  • Prolonged connection.

  • Doesn't support Google Sync.

MyPublicWiFi turns your computer into a Wi-Fi access point with URL tracking and firewall protection. Anyone nearby can use your connection to reach the internet.

MyPublicWiFi can be set to prevent the use of some internet services, such as file-sharing programs. It records and tracks all URL pages that are accessed on your virtual hot spot.

of 05

Virtual Router Manager

Virtual Router Manager download page
What We Like
  • No background applications.

  • User-friendly.

  • Includes encryption.

What We Don't Like
  • Security level lacking.

  • Not compatible with Mac OS.

  • Very simplistic interface.

If you run Windows 7 or 8 and are looking for a simple way to share your internet connection, Virtual Router Manager software may be the way to go. It is beginner-friendly and easy to use.

Create a hotspot on your Windows 7 or 8 computer using this simple application. It offers no options, but that keeps it simple.

of 05


AllegroSurf Voyager window
What We Like
  • Easy to define users or groups.

  • Supports safe list or exclude list.

  • Can build content filters.

What We Don't Like
  • No longer supported or updated.

  • Doesn't recognize all spam.

  • Can be buggy.

AllegroSurf combines internet connection sharing with content filtering and network resource management into one package. AllegroSurf can be used on personal, school, and office networks for parental control, bandwidth control, and remote access support.

Was this page helpful?