Feeds

Win7 hotspot hackers kick-funded - now they're network bondage pros

Double your broadband for only $70*

Boost IT visibility and business value

Having raised more than $100,000 on Kickstarter, the Windows network bonding application has gone professional, with a professional price which will only appeal to those desperate to combine internet connections.

Connectify raised the cash on the back of a pretty video and prototype code, which the company started selling to beta testers at $40 a pop, but since August it has spent the Kickstarter money creating a new interface, then creating a new interface again, and testing the technology as widely as possible in preparation for today's launch.

The concept of Connectify Dispatch is to split socket connections between different network interfaces and thus avoid the necessity for the aggregating server used by traditional bonding techniques. It can't split individual TCP connections, but with http using multiple connections these days, the increase in experienced speed can be marked, assuming one has more than one connection to play with.

Connectify reckons you'll be queuing up to utilise Wi-Fi and wired connections at the same time, and boost Wi-Fi with a 4G dongle, but we can't help wondering if it's not something of a niche market. Of course that might explain the $70 price tag - they can't be sure of selling in large volumes.

If one needs to boost connection speed on a Windows computer (XP, Vista, 7 & 8, other platforms promised soon) then Connectify is certainly the cheapest and easiest way to do that, but like many Kickstarter projects, what sounds like a nice idea doesn't always make it as a commercial product - even when its got a hundred grand's worth of interface. ®

* Plus the cost of another broadband connection, obviously...

Boost IT visibility and business value

More from The Register

next story
The Return of BSOD: Does ANYONE trust Microsoft patches?
Sysadmins, you're either fighting fires or seen as incompetents now
Munich considers dumping Linux for ... GULP ... Windows!
Give a penguinista a hug, the Outlook's not good for open source's poster child
Intel's Raspberry Pi rival Galileo can now run Windows
Behold the Internet of Things. Wintel Things
Linux Foundation says many Linux admins and engineers are certifiable
Floats exam program to help IT employers lock up talent
Microsoft cries UNINSTALL in the wake of Blue Screens of Death™
Cache crash causes contained choloric calamity
Eat up Martha! Microsoft slings handwriting recog into OneNote on Android
Freehand input on non-Windows kit for the first time
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 10 endpoint backup mistakes
Avoid the ten endpoint backup mistakes to ensure that your critical corporate data is protected and end user productivity is improved.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.