“I backed Dispatch and can’t wait to use it” – Palmer Luckey, Founder, Oculus
“Put all your Internets together into one big Internet!” – Engadget
“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
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!
Let’s step back for a minute. Today, when we connect to the Internet, whether at home or at work, we use a router. That router runs a piece of software called a NAT, or Network Address Translation. Basically, the NAT makes all the computers connected to the router look like one machine. Then, once you go to an actual website, you hit something called a load balancer, a device that controls your connectivity to the website on the other end. We’ll spare you technical details, but simply put, the NAT, the load balancer, and the way our Internet connections have been setup in general, prevent you, from going too fast. The NAT limits your access to the Internet connection, while the load balancer controls usage of the website that you’re browsing.
Turns out, this isn’t your problem. And, since you’re already paying for Internet connectivity at home, on your 4G dongle, and via your smartphone, we see no good reason why you shouldn’t be able to use any combination of these, or any available connection to speed up your browsing experience.
At that, our team of networking geeks (the same ones that brought you the popular Connectify Hotspot app) went to work on Dispatch. For starters, we put a NAT right inside your computer. Now, all the software on your laptop sees a single Internet connection, when in reality, there are multiple connections. The load balancer essentially keeps track of the strength and speed of each Internet connection, and Dispatch uses it to intelligently divide your traffic across all available connections. With Connectify Dispatch, you can combine 2 Wi-Fi networks and the 3G card from your mobile carrier at the click-of-a-button. Keep adding connections, and Dispatch keeps giving you speed and reliability.
Here’s the great news: we already have Dispatch technology working. At Connectify HQ, tests show that Dispatch is able to leverage up to 90% of the combined throughput of all available Internet connections. So, why are we turning to the Kickstarter community? Well, right now, Dispatch is an uber-nerdy command-line solution, and we need your help to transform it into an fully-featured software app with an intuitive user interface. Like our popular Connectify Hotspot software, we want to make sure that Dispatch offers powerful functionality coupled with an easy-to-use, streamlined user interface.
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!
Take a look at the handy map below to see the cool rewards we’ve added at every pledge level!
Our $50,000 campaign goal will ensure that we can deliver 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.
If we meet our $50,000 project goal, we will be able to bring you the sleek, elegantly-designed Dispatch user interface that our design team has imagined below:
We’ve already spec’d it out: at the $250,000 stretch goal, we’ll be able to bring the power of Connectify Dispatch to Macs! Everything that we plan to develop for PCs, from the unlimited connection aggregation capability to that sleek Dispatch user interface, will be available to OS X users all over the world, if we reach this goal.
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.
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 [email protected]