Using Connectify Hotspot to Share Speedify on your Network
We are often asked how you can share your bonded Speedify connection with other computers in the same office (or backpack!). The easiest way to accomplish this is to use a Windows computer running both Speedify and Connectify Hotspot MAX.
If you have multiple people attempting to work over a single Speedify connection, we strongly recommend the use of a Dedicated Server. Dedicated Servers get you the guaranteed bandwidth (and static IP address) that you need for your work Internet connection.
The core concepts of this solution are:
- You have one Windows PC running both Connectify Hotspot MAX and Speedify. This box is referred to as the "Bonding PC"
- All of your Internet connections are connected to the Bonding PC and bonded into a single virtual connection by Speedify
- Connectify Hotspot MAX then shares that bonded connection with the rest of your network, over an Ethernet card that is not one of the internet connections. Connectify Hotspot includes a NAT to making the bonding PC into a real router.
- If your network is small and simple, you may only need a simple Ethernet switch to connect your other computers
- If you have a more complex network, you can use a full featured router to run the network. But in this case, you must connect the Ethernet from the Connectify Hotspot to the WAN Port of the router, not any of the client ports on the router.
This is demonstrated below:
Connectify Hotspot MAX turns your computer into a real router. By default, it's a Wi-Fi router, but you can also select Wired Router to turn your computer into a wired Ethernet router.
To share Speedify with other computers on your network:
- Install Connectify Hotspot MAX and login to activate your license. (If you don't have a license, buy one online here)
- Install Speedify and log in
- Make sure all of your internet connections are connected and working with Speedify. To share as an Ethernet router you need to have one Ethernet card that is dedicated to the sharing and is not one of your Internet connections. The Ethernet can be run directly to a client computer, to share with more computers you can connect it to the WAN port on router, or any port on an Ethernet switch (as long as it does not have another router on it already)
- In the Connectify Hotspot user interface, select 'Wired Router', Set the 'Internet to Share' to Speedify, for 'Share Over' pick the Ethernet that is connected to your client. It should look something like this
- Click "Start Hotspot
In Connectify Hotspot's Settings menu, there is a "Startup Options"
This configuration is simple to set up, but of course it is only as reliable as the Windows computer that it is running on. A few notes:
- Adjust your power settings so that Windows will not turn off when unused.
- Windows Update will generally make you reboot once per week at a minimum.