Connectify, if the name sounds familiar to you, has a popular product called Hotspot that turns any wireless equipped Windows 7 or 8 computer into a wireless hot spot to wirelessly share any available Internet connection with the people around you. It’s one of the products I like to have on my laptop, though I can archive the same with the native feature that comes with Windows. Recently, they released another mind blowing product called Dispatch that combines all available Internet connections you have on one machine to boost the speed and increase the reliability of internet surfing experience.
The idea behind Dispatch is that if you have multiple connections available, especially the ones you are paying, why not using them all to take full advantage of the maximized speed. On top of that, it also adds another level of redundancy to your computer so that when one line is down the other one automatically takes over. You won’t even notice the interruption in between. Combining with its flagship Hotspot, you can even share the maximized Internet access speed to others around you.
What’s behind the scene is that Dispatch is a software-based load balancer that balances any Internet connection you have working on your computer. It takes control of these connections to look at every packet going in and out of your computer, and decides where to route these packets using its own proprietary algorithms, which is based on a patent-pending Reverse Network Address Translation (R-NAT) technology.
Unfortunately, despite all these awesome features, Dispatch isn’t free. You will have to pay for the subscription in order to download and install it on your computer. But it offers a 30-day no-question-asked money back policy. So at least, you can have your money back within 30days of purchase.
Once Dispatch is installed and activated, you can launch it from Hotspot tool (note that both Hotspot and Dispatch will be installed and updated during the installation process). Just go to Dispatch tab and click on the button Show Dispatch.
You can start or stop Dispatch service right from Connectify Dispatch’s main window which also lists all Internet connections available on the same computer.
There are also a lot of settings you can change and tweak. For example, you can select one of the 3 methods how you want to use all your Internet connections, either Dominate, Gen2, or Round Robin. You can also choose which metric consideration you want to put in place, whether Latency Metrics, or Reliability Metrics. Heck, you can even override the DNS settings assigned in each network adapter and use your own. Not mention that you can meter the connection to set the limitations on how much data you can use on each connection.
Connectify Dispatch is the first product that combines multiple links to boost Internet access speed, and it does in a way that is very intuitive and efficient. I would rate it as a 5-star product if it offered an free version of it.
The pricing model is based on an annual subscription. For Dispatch only, it costs $10 per quarterly, equalizes to less than $4 per month, or $36 if paid yearly. As I mentioned earlier, it offers a 30-day money back policy. You can rest assured that you won’t be wasting your money if you don’t like the product.
However, it’s always good to have if it’s free, isn’t it?