Free Hotspot Program For Laptops

Share Your Windows Laptop's Internet Connection With Your Other Devices

Connectify turns your Windows 7 laptop into a wi-fi hotspot or access point
Connectify turns your Windows 7 laptop into a wi-fi hotspot or access point. Connectify

Many of us have more than one device we'd like to connect to the internet. It might be a smartphone, tablet, laptop or some other wireless device.

However, hefty tethering charges and fees for Wi-Fi hotspot access when you're away from home or traveling can add up, so it isn't always economical to pay to have all of them connected.

Thankfully, there's free software called Connectify that can share your Windows laptop's internet connection over Wi-Fi with nearby wireless devices.

Note: There are other ways you can share your internet connection using the built-in functionality of the OS, This is possible through Windows as well as macOS.

How to Make a Hotspot With Connectify

  1. Download Connectify and install it to your computer.
  2. Click the grey radio wave Connectify icon in the notification center near the clock, at the bottom right of the screen.
  3. Make sure you're in the Wi-Fi Hotspot tab.
  4. From the Internet to Share drop down, select the internet connection that should be shared to form the hotspot.
  5. Choose Routed from the Network Access section.
  6. Name the hotspot in the Hotspot Name area. Since this is the free version of Connectify, you can only edit the text after "Connectify-my."
  7. Choose a secure password for the hotspot. It can be anything you like. The network is encrypted with WPA2-AES encryption.
  8. Enable or disable the Ad Blocker option based on your own personal preference.
  1. Click Start Hotspot to start sharing the internet connection over Wi-Fi. The icon on the taskbar will change from grey to blue.

​​Wireless clients can now access your personal hotspot using the information you customized in the above steps. Anyone connecting to your hotspot is shown in the Clients > Connected to my Hotspot section of Connectify.

You can monitor the upload and download traffic of the devices connected to the hotspot as well as right-click any device to rename how it's listed, disable its access to the internet, disable its access to the computer hosting the hotspot, copy the IP address and change its gaming mode (like to Xbox Live or Nintendo Network).

Tips:

  • You can even use this program in this type of setup to extend your wireless internet in your house. Instead of installing a second router or a Wi-Fi extender, put the laptop within range of the wireless connection and then start up the hotspot to beam it even further.
  • You might have to reboot your computer twice in order for the program to properly install device drivers.
  • If you have problems using Connectify with your wireless adapter, try updating the device drivers.
  • Click Stop Hotspot from the program's Wi-Fi Hotspot tab to stop sharing the connection at any time. Your hotspot settings will remain saved so that you can quickly start it back up again in the future.