Alternatives to Winhotspot for all platforms with any license

  • inSSIDer icon

    inSSIDer

    Let's face it-- there's SOOO much Wi-Fi everywhere these days, the built-in Wi-Fi tools and free utilities that used to help...

    Commercial Windows Android Android Tablet

  • Connectify Hotspot icon

    Connectify Hotspot

    Connectify has only WEP-encryption, no WPA-encryption (as MyPublic Wifi has), only english, Connectify has no multilanguage-UI (as...

    Freemium Windows

  • Virtual Router icon

    Virtual Router Discontinued

    Virtual Router turns any Windows 7 or Windows 2008 R2 computer into a Wifi hotspot using Windows 7 Wireless Hosted Network (Virtual...

    Open Source Windows

  • NetSpeedMonitor icon

    NetSpeedMonitor Discontinued

    NetSpeedMonitor is a lightweight Network Monitoring Toolbar for your Windows Taskbar

    Free Windows

  • PdaNet icon

    PdaNet

    PdaNet turns your smartphone into a true WiFi router for your computer (MAC or PC), and allows your laptop to go online wirelessly...

    Freemium Mac Windows Windows Mobile Android iPhone HP webOS ... Blackberry

  • NetStumbler icon

    NetStumbler Discontinued

    NetStumbler is a tool for Windows that allows you to detect Wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs) using 802.11b, 802.11a and 802.11g....

    Free Windows

  • Virtual Router Plus icon

    Virtual Router Plus Warning

    Improvements from Virtual Router : - Works on Windows 8 and Windows 2012 - Solved the problem of "Virtual router could not...

    Open Source Windows

  • MyPublicWiFi icon

    MyPublicWiFi

    MyPublicWiFi is an easy-to-use software that turns your laptop/PC into a Wi-Fi wireless access point. Anyone nearby can surf the...

    Free Windows

  • PRTG Network Monitor icon

    PRTG Network Monitor

    An advanced network monitoring solution to monitor network up/downtime, traffic and usage. Features include availability, performance...

    Freemium Windows

  • mHotspot icon

    mHotspot Bundleware

    mHotspot is a completely free software which converts your windows 7 & 8 laptop into a virtual wifi router and creates a secure...

    Free Windows Android

  • reaver icon

    reaver

    Reaver implements a brute force attack against Wifi Protected Setup (WPS) registrar PINs in order to recover WPA/WPA2 passphrases....

    Open Source Linux

  • AndroidWifi icon

    AndroidWifi

    Set of batch scripts that can be used on Windows 7 to share your wifi connection with any mobile device. This script is especially...

    Free Windows Android

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  • Baidu WiFi Hotspot icon

    Baidu WiFi Hotspot

    Baidu WiFi Hotspot conveniently turns a computer into a wireless router for sharing both Internet connection and files. Whether you...

    Free Windows

  • OSToto Hotspot icon

    OSToto Hotspot

    OSToto Hotspot is a free WiFi hotspot creator to turn your Windows laptop, notebook or desktop PC into a sharing WiFi hotspot in...

    Free Windows

  • BitMeter OS icon

    BitMeter OS

    BitMeter OS keeps track of how much you use your internet/network connection, and allows you to view this information in a variety of...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

  • Vistumbler icon

    Vistumbler

    Vistumbler is a wireless network scanner for Windows Vista and Windows 7. Features: Find Wireless access points - Uses the...

    Open Source Windows

  • My WIFI Router icon

    My WIFI Router Discontinued

    My WIFI Router, a free virtual WiFi router software, can convert your Windows XP, 7 & 8 laptop/PC into a WiFi Hotspot with one...

    Free Windows

  • FreeMeter icon

    FreeMeter

    Monitor network bandwidth (C#.NET 2k/XP+). Desktop and Systray graph. Configurable connection speed, update interval, color...

    Free Windows

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  • WiFi Explorer icon

    WiFi Explorer

    WiFi Explorer is a tool to scan, find, and troubleshoot wireless networks. It can be used to quickly identify channel conflicts...

    Commercial Mac

  • Open Garden icon

    Open Garden

    Share your mobile Internet among all your devices. Open Garden interconnects devices to form a wireless peer-to-peer mesh network...

    Free Mac Windows Android

  • Homedale icon

    Homedale

    With Homedale you can search for Wi-Fi / WLAN Access Points and monitor their signal strength. Use the detected access points with...

    Free Windows

  • NetMeter icon

    NetMeter Discontinued

    NetMeter provides a powerful suite of Internet traffic management for home users as well as business users. NetMeter is an advanced...

    Open Source Windows

  • KisMAC icon

    KisMAC

    KisMAC is an open-source and free stumbler/scanner application for Mac OS X. It has an advantage over...

    Open Source Mac

  • create_ap

    The create_ap script combines hostapd, dnsmasq and iptables to create a Bridged/NATed WiFi Access Point.

    Open Source Linux

  • NETGEAR WiFi Analytics icon

    NETGEAR WiFi Analytics

    How strong is your WiFi signal? You can use the NETGEAR WiFi Analytics app to get advanced analytics that help you optimize your...

    Free Android Android Tablet

  • Virtual WiFi Hotspot icon

    Virtual WiFi Hotspot Warning

    Virtual Wifi Hotspot is a free software router for Windows based system running Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008 R2 and...

    Free Windows

  • trafficWatcher icon

    trafficWatcher

    trafficWatcher is a small tool to monitor your network activity. Unlike other tools, trafficWatcher can differentiate between...

    Open Source Windows

  • Maryfi icon

    Maryfi

    Maryfi is a free and easy to use software router for Windows 7 computers. With Maryfi, users can wirelessly share any Internet...

    Free Windows

  • NetMeter Evo icon

    NetMeter Evo Discontinued

    NetMeter Evo is the direct successor to NetMeter which had been in development by me until 2009. Compared to the old...

    Free Windows

  • Bandwidth Manager icon

    Bandwidth Manager

    SoftPerfect Bandwidth Manager is a full-featured traffic management tool for Windows that offers cost-effective bandwidth control and...

    Commercial Windows

  • Bandwidth+ icon

    Bandwidth+

    Track your Wi-Fi hotspot usage. Zero configuration required. It just works. Advanced features coming soon. New monthly usage...

    Free Mac

  • iwScanner icon

    iwScanner

    iwScanner is a wireless scanner for linux with an easy to use graphic interface. Its designed in Glade and written in python, so it...

    Open Source Linux

  • Virtual Wifi Router Version 2 icon

    Virtual Wifi Router Version 2 Warning

    It can turn your Windows 7 PC (when equipped with a WiFi card) into a WiFi router. Windows 7 has an option to create AdHoc networks...

    Free Windows

  • hostapd

    hostapd is a user space daemon for access point and authentication servers. It implements IEEE 802.11 access point management, IEEE...

    Open Source Linux BSD

  • Cucusoft Net Guard icon

    Cucusoft Net Guard Warning

    Cucusoft Net Guard, a free software to monitor your broadband usage, speed up your Internet speed, kill malware who are wasting your...

    Free Windows

Winhotspot Comments

Seriously ugly application

Negative Comment by User5136337
about Winhotspot and inSSIDer May 2013

Looking at the screenshots, I did not think of this as an alternative to try.

Perhaps it does not surprise me to learn from the comments that this comes with malware. Furthermore, the website is also really ugly and full of spam. The screenshots also show the application expects you to put in a password for wireless points.

How does the creator expect anybody to trust such a poorly designed and poorly implemented application with wireless point passwords? I also do not trust all the likes given to this alternativeTo entry, which has put it at the top of alternatives to inSSIDer.

Terrible.

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Adware included

Negative Comment by Daveed
about Winhotspot Mar 2013

The installer attempts to download and install adware, which it gives you the option to de-select, but it tries to trick you into clicking "OK" and installing it anyway.

On top of that, it attempts to download something called "LUCKY SAVINGS-INTERNALINSTALLER.EXE" WITHOUT your consent or knowledge. There is no option to not install this. Oh, and it gets WORSE. When you attempt to uninstall Lucky Savings, it tries to install some DNS "fixer" which you absolutely don't need, and Symantec detects it as "Trojan.dropper". This is atrocious behavior, and incredibly shady, and I would recommend NOT downloading this software.

AVOID THIS SOFTWARE AT ALL COSTS.

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Security warning

Negative Comment by ertpresso
about Winhotspot Dec 2012

ESET shows a security warning "Win32/SoftonicDownloader.E" upon attempt of download this software.

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