About this project
"Put all your Internets together into one big Internet!" - Engadget
"I backed Dispatch and can't wait to use it" - Palmer Luckey, Founder, Oculus
“Connectify has already had some incredible success…the same type of success is only sure to follow with Dispatch.” - TechCrunch
"Dispatch is especially useful for [BitTorrent users]" - BitTorrent Inc.
"Connectify combines Wi-Fi, 4G into a superfast wireless pipe." - GigaOM
"10 Internet connections at the same time!?" - Slashdot
"This has the potential of disrupting the entire telecommunications industry" - PandoDaily
We all need faster Internet connections — to get our work done quicker, our game on sooner, and access to our downloads as soon as possible, no matter where we are.
Since Wi-Fi networks are popping up just about everywhere, and many of us also carry around mobile broadband devices that offer 3G/4G access on-the-go, we started to wonder: with so much bandwidth available across our networks and devices, why are we still left choosing only one Internet connection at a time?
Connectify Dispatch is groundbreaking PC software that lets you connect to all available Internet connections simultaneously.
For the first time, you can connect to the coffee shop Wi-Fi and your 4G mobile device, using both Internet connections for their combined speed, and increased reliability. With Connectify Dispatch, you can even use two different Wi-Fi networks at the same time. Just connect a secondary USB Wi-Fi card (complimentary for $100+ backers), in addition to your laptop’s on-board Wi-Fi card, and Dispatch does the rest. At the click-of-a-button, you’ll be cruising the web at warp speed, using the combined throughput of both wireless networks. Even if you lose connectivity on one of those networks, Dispatch keeps you online, seamlessly moving all of your traffic onto the working connection until both networks become available again.
Connectify Dispatch is especially handy for the millions of BitTorrent users out there. With each Internet connection you add, Dispatch can double, or even triple the speed of your BitTorrent transfers. In fact, the more Internet connections you have, the faster you’ll go!
What Do Backers Get?
We can only turn the Dispatch technology into a real product with your help, so we want to make sure that backers at every pledge level get really awesome rewards. It's our way of saying thanks!
We're even giving backers from the limited $65 FAST PASS pledge level behind-the-scenes access to Dispatch beta releases months earlier than the general public. With beta access, you'll not only get to start combining your Internet connections months before the rest of the world, you'll also be a vital part of our development process, helping to shape the final product by offering feedback on features, UI design, and user experience.
Whether you're a NIMBLE BACKER at the $10 level getting a six-month license for our best-selling Connectify Hotspot PRO software (a $19.99 value), or you decide to become a $10,000 WARP-SPEED BACKER, which gets you everything we have to offer plus your very own custom-designed Dispatch skin, everyone who backs the Connectify Dispatch Kickstarter Campaign is in store for something special.
Do you want to integrate the Dispatch technology into your own application? Become a HACKER BACKER and get early access to the Connectify Dispatch API. On the other hand, BONUS BACKERS will have the exclusive opportunity to reserve one-on-one time with our team and learn tips & tricks to enhance their Dispatch experience. We've got something for everybody!
Just revealed! We're proud to unveil the awesome design for the limited-edition Connectify Dispatch t-shirt (available from the FAST PASS PLUS level and up):
Take a look at the handy map below to see all of the cool rewards we've added at every pledge level (international backers, please add $10 for shipping at pledge levels of $100 and up):
Knowing a little bit about us will go a long way in explaining why we’re hoping to “kickstart” this project. Back in 2009, our small team of developers came up with the idea for Connectify Hotspot, an easy-to-use app that would let anyone transform their laptop into a Wi-Fi Hotspot at the click-of-a-button. Back then, there was no big product launch when we released Connectify Hotspot 1.0; we just quietly made the software available on our little corner of the Internet. But, when Slashdot caught wind of our product, then Lifehacker, GigaOM, and virtually every other tech blog, we went from being a small group of software developers and designers, to a real-deal “company” overnight.
The do-it-yourself ethic is still a huge part of our company DNA, here at Connectify. So, when lightning struck with the idea for Connectify Dispatch, we immediately jumped into action, coding up a bare-bones “alpha” version of the application, just to prove that it could work. Sure, there are hardware solutions for “load-balancing” multiple Internet connections, but those devices can cost upwards of $10,000. With Connectify Dispatch, we want to, once again, take gee-whiz technology out of the hands of IT folks, and make it available to everyone, wrapped in an elegant, easy-to-use interface, and affordably priced at $59.99. And since we’re trying to bring the Connectify Dispatch technology to you, we think it makes perfect sense to develop Dispatch with your help.
What If We Meet (or Beat) Our Goal?
We've already met our $50,000 project goal, so all of our backers can look forward to a sleek, user-friendly version of Connectify Dispatch for Windows 7/XP/Vista. However, there’s even more in store if we beat our goal. We’re still a very small team (as far as startups go, anyway), but with some added resources and a few extra hands on deck, we’ll be able to go above-and-beyond with Connectify Dispatch.
$65,000 Stretch Goal: Dispatch Analytics Dashboard - SUCCESS!
You've unlocked the powerful Dispatch Analytics Dashboard. Connectify Dispatch will now include a sleek dashboard, offering users detailed statistics and graphs with metrics on each available Internet connection. With the Dispatch Analytics Dashboard you'll be able to see which networks are offering the best performance at-a-glance!
$75,000 Stretch Goal: Avoid Common Problems with Internet Connections - SUCCESS!
Our Kickstarter backers really are a part of the Connectify Dispatch development process! Yesterday, we asked backers what features they'd like to see implemented into the software, and they overwhelmingly responded to a new feature that automatically avoids slow DNS servers to keep things moving super-fast! And, as soon as the $75,000 stretch goal is unlocked, we'll be able to make this power-feature a reality.
$85,000 Stretch Goal: Metered Connections - SUCCESS!
The second-most requested feature from our backer survey has arrived. Now Dispatch users will have the ability to set data caps on individual connections. For example, you will be able to easily set Dispatch to only use 3 gigabytes per month through that expensive 4G modem.
$100,000 Stretch Goal: Application-Aware Connection Selection - SUCCESS!
Dispatch will now be packing even more punch, letting users control which individual programs utilize each Internet connection. With 'Application-Aware Connection Selection,' you can tell Dispatch to never use the office Internet for your BitTorrent downloads, or always use your home's Ethernet connection for your video game's traffic. We've got you covered!
- Connection aggregation technology: Use all of your Internet connections for their combined bandwidth. Dispatch supports all common Internet connection types, including Wi-Fi, 3G, 4G, Ethernet, and Dial-up.
- Platform support: Windows 7, XP, and Vista
- Cost-awareness: Set priorities for Internet connections so that more expensive connections like 3G/4G will only be used when cheap or free connections become slow or disconnect.
You Can Help Make Dispatch A Reality
Backers from the limited BRISK BACKER level and up will have behind-the-scenes access to the Dispatch project updates website, offering an insider's view as the Connectify team shapes features, look-and-feel, and other aspects of the product. From the $65 FAST PASS pledge level, backers will actually get the Dispatch software months before anyone else. By testing betas and providing feedback, you'll not only have early access to the software, you’ll also be an active participant in the process of working towards a final Connectify Dispatch release. We want everyone to have this game-changing software, and that starts with you early-adopters. Whether you’re one of the many millions of users that have downloaded our Connectify Hotspot software, or you just happened upon our Kickstarter page today, we need you to help us make Connectify Dispatch a reality, and fundamentally change how people connect to the Internet.
If you're as excited as we are to see Connectify Dispatch come to life, please pledge today, and let's Kickstart a Networking Revolution...
Alex and the Connectify Team
PS. If you have any questions about the Connectify Dispatch Kickstarter Campaign, or just want to say hello, feel free to drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
Normally our license means that you can use the software forever, but are only eligible for support and upgrades for one year. To thank our Kickstarter backers, all BRISK Backers and above get a perpetual license for Connectify Dispatch and Hotspot PRO, which includes all software upgrades that ever come out for Connectify Dispatch and Hotspot PRO. So, when the Connectify team rolls out an awesome new feature, ten months or two years down the line… you’ll get that upgrade absolutely free-of-charge.
We are happy with the current state of the beta and expect that we would have it out in September 2012, shortly after the campaign closes.
We’re big fans of Linux here, but given the realities of the market, we have to support Windows first, and then the Mac before we can begin working on a port to Linux.
Yes. You can use any combination of interfaces, so long as Windows supports them. Dispatch can use as many Ethernet, Wi-Fi, 3G, 4G and USB network interfaces as Windows can support.
No, Connectify Dispatch works with just about any Internet connection: the Wi-Fi built into your computer, Ethernet, 3G cards, 4G cards, whatever. But the reason for the extra Wi-Fi card from us is that each Wi-Fi card can only connect to one Wi-Fi network at a time. For backers that pledge at the right levels, we’ll supply you with a small secondary Wi-Fi card that you can stick into one of your USB ports and forget about. From then on, you can join two Wi-Fi networks at the same time.
Yes, unfortunately, we have no way to edit the reward descriptions once they’re posted. Anyone that backs our Kickstarter campaign at a pledge level that includes Dispatch (so that's the $50 and up now) gets Hotspot PRO and Dispatch with upgrades and support forever. This will apply to all our backers that either got in on the $40 limited special or now the $50 and up.
The retail price of Connectify Dispatch will be $59.99 for a software license including one-year of premium support and upgrades. However, if you back the Dispatch campaign now, at the $50 SPEEDY BACKER level and up, you’ll get a LIFETIME license for Connectify Dispatch, as well as our flagship software router, Connectify Hotspot PRO. So, let’s review: you’re getting Lifetime licenses for 50% off the combined retail price for one-year of both pieces of software. Phew, that’s a mouthful!
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