Wi-Fi hotspot allows you to create a wireless hotspot and share any internet connection from Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Tethering or 3G/4G LTE. If you make changes here, they will be remembered as best as possible when you restart the application.

Starting a hotspot

The most likely network adapter 1 that you want to share your internet connection from will be selected first.

If you frequently switch between network adapters, for example between Ethernet and Wi-Fi, then you might want to use Automatic Internet Connection Sharing 2. This dynamically switches to the another network adapter when the current network adapter is no longer connected to the internet. The devices that are connected to your hotspot will then also remain connected.

Additionally, you can choose Disable Internet Connection Sharing 3 to ensure that connected devices can only access your local network.

Network options

You can customize the network name (SSID) 1 and password 2 before you've started the hotspot. The network name must be between 1 and 32 bytes long. If you use alphanumeric characters - a combination of letters from a to z and numbers - then you can use 32 characters. If you use unicode characters or emoticons then you're usually limited to 16 characters. The password must be between 8 and 63 alphanumeric characters long and you can reveal it using the eye near 3 .

The characters limits are part of the Wi-Fi / 802.11 standard and not because of Omnify Hotspot.

Both the network name and password can always be copied with the buttons near 3.

Firewall options

With the firewall options you can change whether you want to allow or deny traffic to the connected devices. These settings are automatically applied to each connected device.

You can use 1 to block annoying and unwanted ads on devices that are connected to your hotspot. Blocking advertisements is always applied to each device. With 2 and 3, you can decide whether you want devices to have access to your local network and internet by default. Within devices, you can also change internet and network access per device.