Connectify

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Connectify
Private
Industry Computer software
Founded Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States (1 October 2009 (2009-10-01))
Founder Alex Gizis
Area served
Worldwide
Products
Website www.connectify.me

Connectify is a software company focused on developing networking software for consumers.[2][3] Connectify Hotspot,[4][5] is a software router for Microsoft Windows.[6] and Connectify Dispatch,[7] a network load balancing solution[8] and Speedify,[9] a Link aggregation service.

History[edit]

Connectify launched their first product in October 2009.[10] It can enable a Windows PC to serve as a router over Ethernet or Wi-Fi. Along with a Windows 7 or 8 certified Wi-Fi device it can act as a wireless access point. This enables users to share files, printers, and Internet connections between multiple computing devices without the need for a separate physical access point or router. Well-regarded by the press,[11][12] Connectify spent the next two years improving the product, first making it free and ad-supported. In 2011, Connectify decided to offer a PRO version of the software which included premium features for paying customers. These features included extended support of 3G/4G mobile devices, fully customizable SSIDs and premium customer support.

Also in 2011, Connectify received funding[13] from In-Q-Tel to begin developing a more powerful and secure remote networking platform and a connection-aggregation application. Connectify used this funding to develop the foundation of the application, and then in 2012 turned to the crowdfunding site Kickstarter[14][15] to raise additional funding [16][17] to develop Connectify Dispatch. Dispatch is a Load Balancer which can combine any number of Ethernet, Wi-Fi or mobile Internet connections.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Henry, Alan (7 October 2013). "Connectify Dispatch Gets a Free Tier, Still Combines Your Connections". Lifehacker. Retrieved 8 November 2014. 
  2. ^ "Connectify in Crunch Base". Crunch Base. Crunch Base. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  3. ^ Parrish, Kevin (11 April 2014). "Connectify Switchboard: Channel Bonding for the Enterprise". Tom's IT Pro. Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  4. ^ Norris, Jim (19 February 2013). "Review: Connectify Hotspot turns your laptop into a hotspot". PC World. Retrieved 8 November 2014. 
  5. ^ "Create a super fast wifi hotspot". Instructables. Retrieved 8 November 2014. 
  6. ^ "Connectify Released A Much Improved Version That Turns Your Windows 7 Laptop into A WiFi Hotspot". Next of Windows. Retrieved 7 November 2014. 
  7. ^ "Connectify Dispatch: The Internet, Faster.". Kickstarter. Retrieved 8 November 2014. 
  8. ^ Dent, Steve (23 August 2012). "Insert Coin: Connectify Dispatch lets you put all your internets together into one big internet (video)". Engadget. Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  9. ^ Parker, Tammy (15 June 2014). "Connectify commercializes Speedify channel bonding service". FierceWirelessTech. Retrieved 8 November 2014. 
  10. ^ Vilches, Jose (22 December 2009). "Wi-Fi sharing utility Connectify 1.0 launches, remains free". TechSpot (TechSpot, Inc). Retrieved 9 January 2012. 
  11. ^ Rupley, Sebastian (29 October 2009). "Connectify Is Early Evidence of Why Win7's "Virtual Wi-Fi" Matters". GigaOM (GigaOM). 
  12. ^ Yegulalp, Serdar (19 October 2011). "Sharing Wi-fi Is Easy With Connectify". InformationWeek (InformationWeek). 
  13. ^ DiStefano, Joseph (28 September 2011). "CIA's investment firm backs Philly's Connectify". Philly.com (Interstate General Media, LLC). 
  14. ^ Parker, Tammy (12 August 2012). "Connectify aggregates Wi-Fi, 3G and 4G into a fat pipe". FierceWirelessTech. Retrieved 8 November 2014. 
  15. ^ Rubin, Ross (25 May 2013). "Yanked From The Cloud: Why Connectify Unplugged Its Switchboard Campaign". TechCrunch. Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  16. ^ Gannes, Liz (10 September 2012). "Why Choose One? Connectify Blends VC and Crowdfunding in Kickstarter Campaign" (PDF). AllThingsD (Wall Street Journal). 
  17. ^ Parker, Tammy (15 May 2013). "Connectify returns to Kickstarter to enable channel bonding in the cloud". FierceWirelessTech. Retrieved 8 November 2014. 

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