Ever wished you could have Wi-Fi everywhere you go? Ever been in that position where the school/work Wi-Fi wasn’t working? Your smartphone’s mobile hotspot could be the perfect savior. Setting up your phone as a mobile hotspot tethering gives one the ability to have other devices access “Wi-Fi” and the only requirement is to have a data plan. Tethering basically means you share your mobile data plan with multiple devices over Wi-Fi.
With large mobile data plans, one has the ability of using mobile data for data sensitive operations such skype calls, facetime, video streaming etc. from a mobile device tethering a mobile hotspot.
I use it on-the-go and it’s like carrying internet in my pocket, some people refer to it as Mi-Fi.
For Example, I work on my laptop when I am out of office running errands. It definitely comes in handy when my niece wants to watch YouTube for Kids on the iPad and I there is no Wi-Fi. It allows for that video streaming to portable devices. It’s brilliant to keep her busy on a road-trip.
When you enable your mobile hotspot tethering from your smartphone, it is recommended to have a unique SSID (Wi-Fi name) and more importantly to create a private password. The password is important to prevent other people who are close in range the inability to access your hotspot Wi-Fi network that is setup by your mobile device.
*Warning: Please take the time to get to know your mobile carrier and the mobile plan you may purchase to ensure effective usage of your mobile data.
by Ramon Manning, [BIPA Student Member]