Windows: The last time we wrote about Connectify Dispatch, we explained how it merged all of your available internet connections into a single, massive pipe. It was a useful but slightly expensive tool. Now there’s a free version that works really well, though with a few strings attached.
Connectify Dispatch has been completely redesigned, as you can see in the video above. It still merges available network connections into a load-balanced pipe, so you can combine a tethered phone with your home wired network with the Wi-Fi network you can grab from the cafe down the street to get more bandwidth and faster downloads.
Dispatch orignally came bundled with Hotspot Pro, which allows you to share your computer’s internet connection (including that super-pipe) easily with other devices in your home. Now you can buy Dispatch separately ($US40/lifetime or $US25/yearr), or bundle it with Hotspot Pro ($US55/lifetime, $US40/year) if you prefer. You can also download Dispatch for for free to try it out before you decide to buy it.
The free version includes the core features: the ability to merge your connections, the software load balancer to keep everything in check, and real-time bandwidth monitoring so you can see how much bandwidth you have and which applications get the most benefit. However, the free version is on a timer, and will disconnect after 24 hours. You also miss out on application-specific settings, the option to meter which apps use which connections and how much bandwidth from each connection you use.
Still, compared to shelling out upfront, it’s a good way to give the app a trial to see if it will work for you. Hit the link below to learn more.