Turn your Computer into a Wireless router using Connectify Hotspot

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Some of us are using a USB dongle as our main source of home internet connection, but the problem is that we can't connect our handheld devices like smartphones and tablets because they don't support dongles. This tutorial will teach you how to turn your Computer into a wireless router. With Connectify Hotspot, you can connect many devices to the internet without buying a dongle-supported router.

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Instructions

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    First you need to download Connectify Hotspot (www.connectify.me/hotspot/).
    You need to buy the free version for the Dongle support.
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    Now install Connectify and restart your PC.
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    Connect your dongle, using its dashboard.
    Mine looks like this:
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    After you connect it, open Connectify in the hidden icons on your taskbar.
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    Now it's time to set up Connectify.
    First, set your name and password for the hotspot.
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    Select "Internet to Share" and look for your dongle profile name from the third step.
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    On the Advance Settings, click on "Share Over" and look for your WiFi adapter.
    If you are not sure what your WiFi adapter is, look for the three bar icon.
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    On Sharing mode, select "WPA2 encryption".
    Lastly click "Start hotspot".
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Possible errors when setting up, causing you to be unable to connect

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    WiFi radio waves interference. Just as FM radio stations fade, and sometimes totally disappear for a few seconds due to interference by aircraft flying in the path of their radio waves, WiFi signals can also be interrupted.
    The router has an omni-directional antenna that can be disrupted by certain metals, or a portable home phone at the same frequency. Even large appliances such as your refrigerator can interfere. Your PC can become a fair router or WiFi hotspot, however. It is just that the antenna is not as efficient as a commercial router, and although your home computer can transmit around 100 mW of power, the signal can be lost just a few rooms away. If you have your PC as a Connectify hotspot, other devices using it as a WiFi router in your home may have a problem with the internet occasionally because of a more powerful router (up to 500mW) nearby.
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    WiFi channel problems with your PC. WiFi operates with channels like other everyday devices, such as your television, portable phone, and mobile devices.
    Each channel is a narrow band of frequency waves, and WiFi operates on 14 different channels worldwide. If you have your PC set up with Connectify as a hotspot, it will use five channels, with only three as ideal channels for other devices to have best internet reception: Channels 11, 1, and 6. If you are having problems in setting up your PC as a hotspot, one useful tool in identifying WiFi connection problems is the WiFi Analyzer app for Samsung Android devices. It will find the source of the interference so that you can quickly correct the signal error. If you are using a Laptop for your router, and there is a problem with the WiFi, set it up in a different location. Keep the lid open because there is a WiFi antenna at each side of your Laptop screen. The WiFi Analyzer will assist you in finding a clear signal location. The dilemma be solved, simply by moving your computer, also, to another spot, or even moving the WiFi antennae on your PC. If you have an extension cable, and you are using a USB dongle to connect WiFi, use the cable to get the dongle higher. It may immediately correct the signal.
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    Reset your default channel.
    Presently, neither Connectify nor Windows has a way that you can manually change a WiFi channel. However, Connectify coordinates with Windows to connect you to your last WiFi channel used as a default connection. If you are having interference on your present WiFi channel, there may be a quick solution with that in mind. Since you cannot manually change the WiFi setting, you can create a new default channel setting by going to a nearby coffee shop, or another location with WiFi. Connect your Laptop there, and then when you are home again, you will have that new WiFi channel as your new default connection. This will eliminate the disruptions you endured with the last Connectivity WiFi channel used.
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    Maintain power management.
    Another error that can cause problems with your PC as a router can be power management. Once again, your Connectify hotspot may be obsolete, so always have the latest version operating. The culprit could also be your PC WiFi card. With the latest version of Connectify Hotspot, you can control your power management. At Device Manager, if your menu has "Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power", it must not have a check mark. If you have a continued problem with devices not connecting to your PC hotspot, just turn off power management completely. This may the solution.
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Tips Tricks & Warnings

  • You can check the connected devices on the "Clients" tab.
  • If you want to disconnect a device from using the internet, simply right click on the device and click "Disable internet access".
  • If the clients suddenly have been disconnected or can't connect to the internet, simply click "Stop Hotspot", and then click "Start Hotspot" again.
  • If the clients are having problems connecting, try to turn off your computer's firewall software or set exemptions to Connectify.

Questions and Answers

Change router channel in wireless or connectify?

Hello dear Daniel I'm using Connectify hotspot to share my internet by D-Link Wireless G DWA-510. fortunately, I can connect to internet by my cellphone, but unfortunately I cannot see the wireless name in my Tablet. I searched and found out that I have to change the router channel, but I do not know how. can you help me,please?

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If you are looking to change the name of your WiFi you would need to go either to your internet providers online website or call them in order to get steps to changing your routers name/information successfully. There will be no way for me or anyone to be able to change your information without you contacting them with your personal information.

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There is no option in shareover?

No option in share over and no WiFi adapter, what to do?

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I want to surf internet via my PC with dongle connected to my PC?

Yes, you can connect an internet dongle to your PC with which you can surf the internet. However, you cannot buy a WiFi dongle and expect to get a WiFi signal. These WiFi dongles are specifically made to extend an existing WiFi network's range. In other words, WiFi dongles do not create WiFi networks, they just help to give you better reception. If you don't have a WiFi network already, you won't be able to use a WiFi dongle. However, there are dongles that can give you internet, but you have to pay a mobile phone carrier to use them. They work much like your smartphone in that they connect to a cell tower for internet. These usually cost money, require a two-year contract (in the USA), and also require a monthly payment. Search your carrier's website for an applicable USB dongle for your PC.

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Can you help me set up a hotspot?

Whenever I start the hotspot on, my PC which I'm starting it on loses internet connection. The only way I can get it back is if I stop the hotspot. Is there any way to fix this?

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    Find your WiFi device model and brand and look up the most recent drivers for your operating system on the web site of the manufacturer.
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    Press the Windows key.
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    Type "device manager" and press "Enter"
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    Locate your WiFi device (you may want to expand "Network adapters").
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    Right-click your WiFi device.
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    Click "Properties".
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    Click "Power Management".
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    Uncheck "Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power".
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    Check if there are other devices in your apartment or house that may interfere with the signal.
    Turn them off or move them around.
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    In Connectify, click the "Clients" tab.
    Right-click your device and click "Set Static IP Address".
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The other devices can see the network but cannot access internet?

The computer is sending the network but it does not have internet the devices which I intend to connect indicate limited connectivity without internet

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I can't setup connectify hotspot, it's just reboot in the setup and come from the beginning, what is the problem?

I can't setup connectify hotspot, it's just reboot in the setup and come from the beginning, what is the problem?

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My device gets connected but I cannot access internet through connectify?

My Android device gets connected but I cannot access internet through connectify though the WiFi symbol shows connected

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Does Connectify need a router??//?

I have installed Connectify Me and did all the setting but I don't have any hotspot caught on my mobile please tell me about this

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Connectify doesn't work with internet dongles?

I downloaded connectify but it doesn't work on a Windows 7 PC , I use internet dongles for connecting my Laptop to internet

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I bought my dad a tablet, and I am trying to get him free WiFi because he freaked out when I said 'monthly bill' ?

I used to have a WiFi stick made by Linksys. it was a stick with a wire that had a USB connector. I installed a disk, and was able to get a connection from Linksys, and I didn't have to pay for monthly internet service. Do they still make things like this?

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What is the meaning of AP mode?

Connectify keeps mentioning AP mode

AP is short form of 'Access Point', which is a device that allows wireless computers or laptops to connect to the router. AP settings are important for wireless security. If you aren't familiar with wireless security settings, that's OK. Just make sure you are connecting to a secure network that requires a password, and make sure your data connections are always encrypted.

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If you have any additional questions, let us know in the Q&A section.

Hotspot connecting problem. I start my Connectify me hotspot & it starts fine. But when I am trying to connect with my mobile it shows IP address obtaining from but never connect. The message is looping, and the Connectify hotspot window keeps showing 'connecting'. My mobile work fines with other hotspot even when I am enabling my hosted network with command?

I start my Connectify me hotspot & it starts fine. But when I am trying to connect with my mobile it shows IP address obtaining from but never connect. The message is looping, and the Connectify hotspot window keeps showing 'connecting'. My mobile work fines with other hotspot even when I am enabling my hosted network with command

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Can I continue my hotspot even if my PC is turned off?

I have already downloaded connectify hotspot but it only runs as long as the PC remains on. I want to keep my hotspot on even if the PC is turned off.

Sorry, that is not possible.

WiFi hotspot requires WiFi adapter that support AP mode. How can I do this sir?

I can't see the wireless network connection in my laptop

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It says update not available on your computer?

After installing from Microsoft (during installing process) it says "this update is not available on this computer". I have tried: Nothing. I think it was caused by: Maybe driver related, as hotspot is also not working now

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