Connectify

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Connectify
Private
IndustryComputer software
Founded1 October 2009 (2009-10-01)
FounderAlex Gizis
Headquarters,
U.S.
Area served
Worldwide
Products
  • Connectify Hotspot, Speedify
Websitewww.connectify.me

Connectify is an American software company that develops networking software for consumers, professionals and companies.[1][2][3] Connectify Hotspot[4][5] is a virtual router software for Microsoft Windows.[6] and Speedify[7] is a mobile VPN service[8] with channel bonding capabilities.[9]

History[edit]

Connectify launched their first product, Connectify Hotspot, 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, 8 or 10 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.

Connectify spent the next two years improving the product, first making it free and ad-supported. In 2011, Connectify switched to a freemium commercial model which included premium features for paying customers. These features included extended support of 3G/4G mobile devices, fully customizable SSIDs and premium customer support.

In 2011, Connectify received funding[11] 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[12][13] to raise additional funding [14][15] to develop Connectify Dispatch. Dispatch was a load balancer which could combine any number of Ethernet, Wi-Fi or mobile Internet connections.

In 2014, Connectify launched Speedify, a channel bonding application for PCs running Microsoft Windows and macOS.[16] In January 2016, Speedify for Mobile was launched at CES,[17][18] adding support for iOS and Android. In December 2016, Speedify added encryption on all supported platforms, turning it into a mobile virtual private network.[19]

Connectify released other apps: Pingify (in 2017) - a mobile network diagnostics tool, and EdgeWise Connect (in 2019).

Products[edit]

Connectify Hotspot[edit]

Connectify Hotspot is a virtual router software application available for PCs running Windows 7 or a later version. It was launched in 2009 by Connectify and it has 3 main functions:

  • Wi-Fi hotspot - users can share the Internet connection from their PC through a Wi-Fi adapter.[20] The free version of Connectify Hotspot only allows sharing of wired or Wi-Fi Internet via Wi-Fi. The paid versions allow users to share any type of Internet connection, including 4G / LTE. through Wi-Fi or Ethernet.[21]
  • Wired router - users can share a computer's Wi-Fi connection via Ethernet. This functionality is only available in the paid versions of Connectify Hotspot.
  • Wi-Fi repeater - users can extend the range of a Wi-Fi network and bridge other devices on that network directly. This functionality is only available in the paid versions of Connectify Hotspot.

Starting with version 2017, Connectify Hotspot also incorporates a universal ad blocker for clients connecting to the Wi-Fi or Ethernet network it creates.[22] This feature is available for free.

Speedify[edit]

Speedify is a mobile VPN service available for devices running Windows, macOS, Android and iOS. Speedify 1.0 was first launched in June 2014[23] as a channel bonding service.

Speedify can combine multiple Internet connections given its link aggregation capabilities. In theory, this should offer faster Internet connection speeds and failover protection.

Starting 2016, as a VPN service, Speedify's privacy policy states they do not log what users do or what sites they visit through the Speedify service.[24]

Speedify can be used for free for the first 5 GB each month[25]; there are monthly and yearly subscription plans available. Tom's Guide picked Speedify as the fastest VPN in late 2018.[26]

Speedify for Teams[edit]

"Speedify for Teams" is Connectify's business product. It is basically a multi-seat Speedify mobile VPN license with added centralized account management capabilities.

Pingify[edit]

Pingify is a free utility for testing network coverage, Internet reliability and VPN dependability.[27] It's currently available for iOS devices - it helps you run ping on your iPhone.[28]

Pingify was developed as an internal testing tool for Speedify on iOS - a mobile network diagnostics tool. Then, in 2017, it was made publicly available.

EdgeWise Connect[edit]

EdgeWise Connect is a simple VPN available for iPhone which can seamlessly move web traffic between the Wi-Fi and cellular data connections. The service uses channel bonding technology and is fully encrypted.[29]

EdgeWise Connect was launched in early 2019 and can be used for free for a few hours each day; there are monthly and yearly subscription plans available.[30] Out of the sales, they donate 3% of revenues to charities committed to the preservation of owls.[31]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Connectify in Crunch Base". Crunch Base. Crunch Base. Retrieved 7 November 2014.
  2. ^ Parrish, Kevin (11 April 2014). "Connectify Switchboard: Channel Bonding for the Enterprise". Tom's IT Pro. Retrieved 16 November 2014.
  3. ^ "Broadpath – Strategic Communications » Speedify Solves Frustrating "Dead Wi-Fi Hotspot Problem" by Intelligently Combining Wi-Fi and Mobile Data Connections for Faster, More Reliable Connectivity". broadpathpr.com. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  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. ^ "Speedify VPN review". TechRadar. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  8. ^ "What Is a Mobile VPN and How Is It Different from a VPN? - Speedify". Speedify. 30 September 2017. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  9. ^ "Connectify commercializes Speedify channel bonding service | FierceWireless". www.fiercewireless.com. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  10. ^ Vilches, Jose (22 December 2009). "Wi-Fi sharing utility Connectify 1.0 launches, remains free". TechSpot. TechSpot, Inc. Retrieved 9 January 2012.
  11. ^ DiStefano, Joseph (28 September 2011). "CIA's investment firm backs Philly's Connectify". Philly.com. Interstate General Media, LLC.
  12. ^ Parker, Tammy (12 August 2012). "Connectify aggregates Wi-Fi, 3G and 4G into a fat pipe". FierceWirelessTech. Retrieved 8 November 2014.
  13. ^ Rubin, Ross (25 May 2013). "Yanked From The Cloud: Why Connectify Unplugged Its Switchboard Campaign". TechCrunch. Retrieved 16 November 2014.
  14. ^ Gannes, Liz (10 September 2012). "Why Choose One? Connectify Blends VC and Crowdfunding in Kickstarter Campaign" (PDF). AllThingsD. Wall Street Journal.
  15. ^ Parker, Tammy (15 May 2013). "Connectify returns to Kickstarter to enable channel bonding in the cloud". FierceWirelessTech. Retrieved 8 November 2014.
  16. ^ Connectify. "Slow Internet is the Worst: Speedify Lets You Combine Internet Connections for Faster Speed". www.prnewswire.com. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  17. ^ Shivakumar, Felicia. "Speedify at CES 2016". TechCrunch. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  18. ^ Moore, Ryan. "Speedify Mobile combines Wi-Fi, Mobile and Bluetooth technology to provide more reliable access to the internet ~ Android Coliseum". Android Coliseum. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  19. ^ "Introducing Speedify 5.0 - Speedify". Speedify. 28 December 2016. Retrieved 5 October 2017.
  20. ^ "How to Turn Your Windows Laptop into a Wi-Fi Hotspot - Connectify". Connectify. 23 February 2017. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  21. ^ "Features of Connectify Hotspot - Connectify". Connectify. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  22. ^ "Introducing Connectify Hotspot 2017! - Connectify". Connectify. 13 January 2017. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  23. ^ "Introducing Speedify, the Solution to Slow Internet - Speedify". Speedify. 9 June 2014. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  24. ^ "Privacy Policy - Speedify". Speedify. Retrieved 9 October 2017.
  25. ^ "Download | Speedify - Speed up everything you do online". Speedify. Retrieved 27 September 2018.
  26. ^ "The Fastest VPNs". Tom's Guide. Retrieved 26 June 2019.
  27. ^ "Pingify - Mobile Network Diagnostics Made Easy". Pingify. Retrieved 26 June 2019.
  28. ^ Hoffman, Chris. "How to Run Ping (Network Diagnostics) on Your iPhone". How-To Geek. Retrieved 26 June 2019.
  29. ^ "EdgeWise - Stay connected, even at the edge of Wi-Fi". EdgeWise. Retrieved 26 June 2019.
  30. ^ "Help". EdgeWise. Retrieved 26 June 2019.
  31. ^ "Owl Conservation? There's an App for That". Project SNOWstorm. 2 February 2019. Retrieved 26 June 2019.

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