Friday, January 22, 2010

iPhone and the Connectify Wi-Fi Personal Area Network

Connectify is great for reverse-tethering your iPhone: connect your iPhone to your Connectify Wi-Fi hotspot, and whenever your laptop is on the Internet, then your data connections (web browsing, Skype, Youtube… pretty much everything but the phone calls and SMS messages) will go through Connectify.

But I’ve been using a couple of other iPhone apps, which really benefit from Connectify, as a Wi-Fi personal area network, whether or not you have an Internet connection:

  • iTunes Remote - This free application from Apple allows you to control iTunes on your PC, as long as you’re on the same Wi-Fi network. It makes navigating and controlling your computer’s iTunes collection look and feel nearly identical to doing the same on the iPhone’s music collection. With Connectify, it just works: once you tell your iPhone to use your Connectify Hotspot, any time you start the Remote app on your iPhone, you’re instantly controlling your music collection!
  • Snatch - This iPhone app turns your iPhone into a wireless trackpad and keyboard for your computer. There’s a free version, SnatchTest, which lets you use it just as a trackpad. It’s especially great for presentations, it lets you take a big step back and still have complete control of your computer.

I’m using both of these on a regular basis. But the App Store is a big place… are there other apps out there that also work better with Connectify? How are you using Connectify with your phone (Apple or otherwise)?