It’s back to school time for colleges and universities, and Connectify is offering students the ability to turn their laptops into a secure Wi-Fi hotspot with its new Connectify Pro software.
With most residence halls granting one Ethernet port per student, gadget collectors with a laptop and gaming console are left without an Internet connection for at least one of their devices. Throw in a tablet, and the lack of Wi-Fi is near crippling for the mobile student. With Connectify Pro, the company hopes to make its software essential to higher education students with limited Internet access.
Once installed in a laptop with an Ethernet connection, Connectify Pro creates a Connectify Hotspot, running a secure and personal Wi-Fi network, which students can use with all devices to access the Internet.
Though some universities are beginning to provide Wi-Fi to students in dorms, certain devices, such as the Xbox 360, cannot pass through the schools’ login pages to get online. Connectify is offering students with a valid .edu email address the opportunity to test Connectify Pro free for one semester, in an attempt to increase the software’s popularity among college students.
Despite TabletPCReview’s findings to the contrary, new survey data portends strong iPad 2 sales for back-to-school, with 26 percent of respondents claiming that they are very likely to buy the iPad 2, according to research from ChangeWave. In addition, incoming students who partake in deals like Microsoft’s back-to-school promotion, where they received a free Xbox 360 with the purchase of any Windows 7 laptop valued at $699 or higher, will need multiple Internet connections to access Xbox Live for multiplayer gaming or to use its Netflix movie streaming functionality.
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