How to share your phone internet with a laptop
Now in this modern age people can use their smart phones as a portable Wi-Fi hotspot. They can connect their Smartphone with Tablets and Laptops. Tablets which have 3G or 4G connectivity are more likely used with smartphones. Smartphones have a small screen due to which it’s not easy to open so many tabs and start multitasking but when you connect your phone with laptop or tablet then you can perform your different tasks very easily.
The above mentioned set up is called tethering or in simple words “internet sharing”. Internet sharing is provided by smartphones including Blackberry, Iphones etc.
What does tethering or “hot spotting” really mean?
Internet sharing or tethering is when you turn your Smartphone into mobile Wi-Fi hotspot. After doing this, you start sharing your 3G or 4G data connection with your laptop. When you turn on tethering, you can connect with any laptop via your Smartphone.
Do all Smartphones support tethering?
Not all, but few smartphones support internet sharing. Usually new models support it such as iPhone, BlackBerry etc. But if we look around we will find that now all the companies are manufacturing the mobiles which support 3G and 4G because it’s the requirement of the modern age.
It’s not necessary to just use Wi-Fi for sharing your Smartphone’s internet connection rather you can also use USB and Bluetooth for this purpose.
Before connecting make sure that your mobile tariff allows you for this purpose. If it’s allowed on your tariff then you could find yourself with a warning and in some other cases you may be cut off for breaking the rules which you are not supposed to break.
What should you do if your tariff does not allow you tethering?
If your operator is not providing you the facility of Wi-Fi hotspot then simply you can easily switch to another operator which gives you this facility.
Another way is that buy a Tablet which supports 3G and 4G. The advantage of using this Tablet is that all you have to do is just insert the SIM in it. And you will have to pay for it either on monthly basis or on other terms which your operator will provide you.
There is another portable Wi-Fi hotspot is often called a MiFi. MiFi is a battery power device which needs the SIM to work as tethering.
How does tethering work?
Tethering is a very simple process in which first you enable hotspot option on your Smartphone. After that you configure security with a password. The password prevents other people using your connection. When you are done with wireless security option then connect your laptop or computer with the wireless network.
For the very first time you enter the password on your laptop screen to connect but later on there is no need to enter the password and it will connect automatically on subsequent occasions.
You are required to disable the hotspot running when you are not using it because it will prolong battery life of your Smartphone.
Does my computer support tethering?
The answer is simple. Yes! As all you are required to do on a laptop screen, or any other computer which can receive a wireless network is connect to it! It truly is a better way to access internet when you are on the move. If you have any questions about your computer or would like to arrange for a technician to help with computer repairs in the Brisbane area please get in contact with us!
We have inserted a guide below that can show you the process if you own an Iphone:
If you’re not in range of a Wi-Fi network, you can still get on the Internet with an iPad, iPod touch, or a computer by setting up a Personal Hotspot. A Personal Hotspot lets you share the cellular data connection of your iPhone or iPad (Wi-Fi + Cellular).
You can change the Wi-Fi password by tapping Settings > Personal Hotspot or Settings > Cellular > Personal Hotspot and then tapping the Wi-Fi password.
Choose a Wi-Fi password that’s at least eight characters long and use ASCII characters. If you use non-ASCII characters, other devices will be unable to join your Personal Hotspot. Non-ASCII characters include characters in Japanese, Russian, Chinese, and other languages. ASCII characters include:
When you connect a device to your Personal Hotspot, the status bar turns blue and shows how many devices have joined. The number of devices that can join your Personal Hotspot at one time depends on your carrier and iPhone model.