Back-to-School: Connectify Software Lets Students Connect Multiple Devices on Campus
PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Connectify's free hotspot software has been valuable to the millions of users who have downloaded it to-date. Now, with the launch of Connectify Pro, the company is aiming to make their application essential software for students returning to college.
Today's college students have expanded the back-to-school checklist. Gaming consoles, tablets, and laptops are now must-have items for life on campus. However, most U.S. college and university residence halls still provide only one Ethernet port per student, per room, which leaves freshmen who arrive with an Xbox 360, iPad, and laptop, in for a rude awakening. With Connectify, students can turn their laptop into a secure, Wi-Fi hotspot, and easily share their available Internet connection with any Wi-Fi-enabled device.
While Connectify Lite can solve many of the frustrating network issues in college dorms, the value-added functionality of Connectify Pro is sure to be useful in resolving a wider-variety of problems on campus. Therefore, Connectify is pleased to offer a free, one-semester Connectify Pro license to any student who provides a valid .edu email address at http://college.connectify.me/.
Take, for example, Microsoft's popular back-to-school promotion, where college students receive a free Xbox 360 4GB with the purchase of any Windows 7 laptop valued at $699 or more. As it turns out, most students living on campus will also need Connectify in order to get their free Xbox online for multiplayer gaming, or to use its Netflix movie streaming functionality, as advertised. Connectify CEO, Alex Gizis explains:
"With Connectify installed, students can plug their Windows laptop into the one available Ethernet port, start a Connectify Hotspot, and just like that, they're running a secure, personal Wi-Fi network that all of their devices can use to access the Internet."
And, while Wi-Fi is increasingly being offered in student housing, it presents another, equally frustrating problem: many devices, including the Xbox 360, can't pass through university login pages to get online. Once again, running a Connectify Hotspot gives students the ability to easily repeat the college Wi-Fi network directly to their game console or other device.
Students with multiple devices on campus, especially those who received an Xbox as part of Microsoft's back-to-school promotion, are encouraged to redeem their free Connectify Pro license by pointing their browser to http://college.connectify.me/.
With Connectify Pro on their back-to-school checklist, college students will have no problems keeping Xbox 360s, iPads, and any other Wi-Fi-enabled devices online this school-year.
Connectify is a privately-held company that develops next-generation networking software for PC and mobile platforms. Founded in 2010, Connectify's mission is to give all users the power to perform complex networking tasks at the click-of-a-button. For more information on Connectify, visit www.connectify.me. Connectify is a trademark of Connectify Inc. Xbox 360 and related marks, images, and symbols are the exclusive properties and trademarks of Microsoft Corp. iPad and related marks, images, and symbols are the exclusive properties and trademarks of Apple Corp.
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