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While this may never see the light of day in the UK, the idea and concept are great.
Originally posted on Gigaom:
Connectify made a big splash in 2009 when it began offering software that would turn a Windows(s msft) 7 PC into a Wi-Fi hotspot – long before such mobile hotspot features became common. Now the Philadelphia-based startup plans to pull the same trick in reverse.
Instead of distributing a single broadband connection to multiple devices via Wi-Fi, Connectify is aggregating multiple connections into a single, fat wireless pipe. The obvious use case is to combine Wi-Fi and 4G, but Connectify says it can stack any kind of data link ranging from an Ethernet connection to a dial-up modem. The new software is called Dispatch, but it’s still under development. Connectify is taking to Kickstarter to help fund the project and is offering early contributors access to its first beta release and free use of its app when it launches commercially.
Why would you want to combine multiple broadband connections? Well, if you eat up gobs of bandwidth through file sharing, the aggregated connections would come in handy, but a more typical example revolves around connection management. Connectify’s software allows you to prioritize different links. If you were at an airport or coffee shop with spotty Wi-Fi but didn’t want to max out your 4G hotspot’s monthly data allotment, you could configure Dispatch to tap a free Wi-Fi network’s cheap bandwidth first and only resort to the 4G hotspot when Wi-Fi falters.