"turn your win7 laptop into a wifi hotspot"
maryfi is a software router that can help to share an internet connection with several people. The package can be used to share a wireless connection with other PCs via a Wi-Fi hotspot. A weak connection can be captured in its best location with the PC or laptop, then a virtual wireless network can be created to share that existing connection (essentially a software Wi-Fi Bridge) with others.
It is possible to use an Ethernet cable to hook into a paid internet connection, like at a hotel, and then use maryfi to share this LAN connection using a new wireless network created using maryfi and Microsoft Virtual Wifi technologies. A wireless card can also be used to connect to the internet with sharing via maryfi after that.
Any suitable internet-enabled device can connect to the Wi-Fi Hotspot once it has been created for the user. A smart phone (iOS, Android, Windows Phone or Blackberry), a tablet (iPad, Android or Windows tablet), games consoles, Apple TV, and other devices. There is WPA2 password-protected encryption that can be enabled to ensure that the network remains protected.
The software can also create a new wireless network will cooperate with proxy server connections and virtual private network (VPN) connections too.
The installation takes the user through a custom setup in order to connect to their primary internet connection and configure it for a new wireless network with maryfi. There was no malicious software added to the machine.
The installation requires Microsoft Virtual WiFi and Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 to install.
The maryfi interface is a long and slim window with a number of options presented. These include Wi-Fi settings, maryfi instructions, network status, Windows control buttons (minimize, etc.) and the ability to start or stop the Wi-Fi Hotspot.
- Create a Wi-Fi Hotspot to share with other users or on multiple internet-ready devices
- Connect to an Ethernet connection and create a Wi-Fi hotspot
- Connect to a wireless card and create a Wi-Fi hotspot
- Connect to a wireless connection and create a Wi-Fi hotspot
- Uses Microsoft Virtual Wi-Fi technologies
- Windows 7 or later is required due to the requirement of using the Microsoft Virtual Wi-Fi feature
- May be a little tricky for someone inexperienced with the internet or hotspots to use the software, but instructions are provided within the app
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MaryFi is a handy Wi-Fi Hotspot creator that only uses software to be able to create a new wireless network effectively. It can connect to wireless cards, Wi-Fi networks or via an Ethernet port and LAN cable to secure the Wi-Fi connection that it will later share via the Wi-Fi Hotspot.
Requirements: Microsoft VirtualWiFi
What's new in this version: new release
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