Wi-Fi Hotspot Utilities

Wireless Internet access can often be taken for granted in today’s increasingly Internet-enabled world. When you and your friends or family are out on vacation or a business trip and find yourself in a place without wi-fi access, your options can seem slim. That’s where software that can turn your device with cellular data access into a wi-fi enabled hotspot comes in!

Apps like Connectify Hotspot will enable people around you to connect to your computer as if it was a Internet-enabled router.

  1. NetSpot is a simple and accessible wireless survey tool, which allows collecting, visualizing and analyzing Wi-Fi data.
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    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    Improvements from Virtual Router : - Works on Windows 8 and Windows 2012 - Solved the problem of "Virtual router could not be started" - No installation needed - Do not start background service so anything is under your control

    Warning

    Chrome blocks download from official site. Use Sourceforge download: https://sourceforge.net/projects/virtualrouterpl/



    • FreeProprietary
    • Linux
    • OpenWrt
    • LEDE - Linux Embedded Development Environment
    LibreMesh is a set of modules extending the OpenWrt router distribution to create self-configuring wireless and wired mesh networks. By default it uses ad-hoc wifi networking and batman-adv, BMX as the routing daemons.
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    • Windows
    With Connectify Hotspot, you can transform your PC into a real WiFi hotspot, and share your computer’s Internet connection as Wi-Fi with any other PC or mobile device.
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    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    Sharik is an open-source, cross-platform solution for sharing files via Wi-Fi or Mobile Hotspot.
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    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    Virtual Router turns any Windows 7 or Windows 2008 R2 computer into a Wifi hotspot using Windows 7 Wireless Hosted Network (Virtual Wifi) technology. The wireless networks created with Virtual Router use WPA2 Encryption, to ensure the best security possible.

    Discontinued

    The project is no longer developed. Last version, 1.0, released in February 2013, can be still downloaded from CodePlex, but it may not work.

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    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • Self-Hosted
    OpenWISP is a software platform that can be used to implement a complete public wifi service. The suite includes applications derived from tools used to offer public wifi service in different European countries.
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  2. create_ap - This script creates a NATed or Bridged WiFi Access Point. The create_ap script combines hostapd, dnsmasq and iptables to create a Bridged/NATed Access Point
  3. Share files, folders, messages, links, notifications and clipboard. You can do much more with the PRO version. • Easily connect your devices using only your local network and only when you need it over the Internet.
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    • FreeProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Kindle Fire
    NETGEAR genie App is an easy, way to manage, monitor and repair your home network--from the palm of your hand.
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Android
    • F-Droid
    Share your VPN connection over hotspot or repeater.
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPad
    WiGLE (Wireless Geographic Logging Engine) We consolidate location and information of wireless networks world-wide to a central database, and have user-friendly java (JiGLE), windows (DiGLE), MacOSX (TinGLE) and web applications that can map, query and update the database via...
    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • BSD
    • iPad
    The UniFi® Software-Defined Networking (SDN) platform is an end-to-end system of network devices across different locations — all controlled from a single interface.
    • FreeProprietary
    • Windows
    • Android
    Set of batch scripts that can be used on Windows 7 to share your wifi connection with any mobile device. This script is especially made for android mobile devices.
  4. Connect to WiFi passwords for FREE internet access all over the world! The most popular WiFi application *** TOP 1 in 50 countries *** TOP 1 in Travel category in 100 countries *** Contains to 100 million WiFi hotspots!.