If you find yourself around a lot of weak Internet connections and wish you could bundle them into a stronger connection to speed up your downloads, you are not alone. I remember being on campus with a reliable but lackluster Ethernet connection, and a fast but flaky WiFi connection. With Connectify’s Dispatch, you can combine multiple Internet access points on your computer, to get the best of reliability and bandwidth from all your nearby networks.
Dispatch is currently a Kickstarter project, but the core technology is in a working state. Connectify demonstrated insane download speeds by bundling ten wireless Internet connections into one massive connection. From the roof of their building they were able to hone in on enough open access points to achieve a bittorrent download rate of 85 Mbps. (Keep in mind that this will usually require one WiFi adapter per hotspot.)
But Dispatch is not only good if you are looking to mooch as much bandwidth as humanly possible from your neighbors, you can also use it when tethering your phone. Suppose you have a great 4G hotspot connection, but your phone company charges a lot for data. Dispatch would allow you take advantage of your fast connection when you need it, but also temper the burden on your bandwidth. You can even set which connections should be primary and secondary sources, so you’re not wasting your 4G bandwidth while only sipping the airport’s complementary WiFi.
Although I’m pretty excited about Dispatch, I would be interested in seeing more real world metrics from Connectify. Namely, what effect does Dispatch have on the ping (response time) to servers? How much control will we have on the amount of data rationed from each source? At what point do we see diminishing returns?
Dispatch is only $50 on Kickstarter and will come bundled with Hotspot PRO, which allows you to use your laptop as a WiFi hotspot for your phone and tablets in conjunction with crazy bandwidth from Dispatch.
Do you think Dispatch would be a useful app for your laptop, or are you fine with connecting to the net one access point t a time? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.