Hotspot is a physical location where people can access the Internet, typically using WIFI, via a wireless local area network (WLAN) with a router connected to an Internet service provider. Most people refer to these locations as WIFI hotspots or WIFI connections. Simply put, hotspots are the physical places where users can wirelessly connect their mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, to the Internet.
A hotspot can be in a private location or a public one, such as in a coffee shop, a hotel, an airport, or even an airplane. While many public hotspots offer free wireless access on an open network, others require payment. Later in the article you’ll learn how to connect a mobile device to a Wi-Fi hotspot.
Type of Hotspot
There are two types of Hotspot you need to know.
Free WIFI hotspots
This is essentially WiFi router with the password requirements removed, this allows all users in range to access the Internet from the same network.
These access points provide wireless coverage for a fee. When using a commercial hotspot to connect to the Internet, a user is usually redirected to a screen requesting login information or payment details.
Hotspots provide convenience to millions of Internet users, but they are rife with security issues. For example, free public hotspots are often the target of hackers and identity thieves. The attackers create rogue or fake hotspots that look identical to legitimate hotspots. If users unknowingly connect to these rogue access points and use their sensitive data for login or a similar purpose, the attackers can then easily retrieve the sensitive data using different techniques.
What is Mobile Hotspot
A mobile hotspot is an ad hoc wireless access point that is created by a dedicated hardware device or a smartphone feature that shares the phone’s cellular data.
Mobile hotspots are also known as portable hotspots. The hardware devices used to create them, officially known as pocket or travel routers, are sometimes referred to as mobile hotspots as well.
They are also often generically known as MIFIs, although that name is owned by Novatel in the United States and many other countries.
Pocket routers access cellular signals and convert 3G and 4G signals to WIFI and vice versa, creating mobile WIFI networks that can be shared by multiple users within about 10 meters of the device.
Most wireless carriers offer mobile hotspot devices and the wireless data plans required to enable them. Another option is using a smartphone to connect other devices. Many smartphones enable the creation of a mobile hotspot through tethering, accessing the phone’s existing cellular data connection.
Please note that Mobile Hotspot is not available on feature phones. Mobile Hotspot is available to use for most smartphones. Below are instructions on how to turn Mobile Hotspot on in your Twigby Self Care account and how to turn Mobile Hotspot on in the settings of your smartphone.
Mobile Hotspot will need to be turned on in both Self Care and your phone’s settings in order to work correctly.
How to turn Mobile Hotspot on in Self Care
Step 1 ====> Log into your Self Care account
Step 2 ====> Click on ACCOUNT SETTINGS
Step 3 ====> Scroll down to Line Settings and Select the Line that is needed
Step 4 ====> Next to Mobile Hotspot, click Turn On to activate Mobile Hotspot
How to turn Mobile Hotspot on in your phone settings
Step 1 ====> Go to the Settings of your smartphone
Step 2 ====> Locate the Hotspot or Tethering option
Step 3 ====> Turn on Hotspot or Tethering from there
What Is Tethering a Cellphone
Tethering is the use of your cell phone or another mobile device that is connected to the internet as a modem for yet another device, usually a laptop or a WIFI-only tablet. This approach offers internet access on the go, wherever you are. You connect your phone to your laptop or tablet either directly with a USB cable or without wires through Bluetooth or WIFI.
What Are The Benefits Tethering
Tethering offers internet connectivity to devices that lack a built-in 3G or 4G mobile data plan. It is especially helpful in situations where no other means of internet access are available. when there is no WIFI hotspot like a Starbucks around, for example, or your cable modem goes on the fritz, or you are on a dirt road in the middle of nowhere and need an online map.
You can also browse the web more securely using a tethered cell phone, because your information is being sent directly through the phone versus, for example, over a public open wireless hotspot.
If you are already paying for data service on your cell phone and your wireless provider does not require any extra fees for using your cell phone as a modem for your laptop, tethering can also save you money, since you will not have to pay for separate mobile broadband service or buy additional hardware just to get your laptop connected.
How do I turn on tethering if I have an Android phone
Turning on Tethering on Android phone is easy, here is what you need to do.
Step 1 ====> Head into the Settings app
Step 2 ====> Now tap Wireless and Networks
Step 3 ====> Then the More tab. In here you will find a Tethering and Portable Hotspot option.
Step 4 ====> Turn it on and you will be given the chance to name your personal hotspot and choose a password.
Step 5 ====> Make sure you pick the WPA2 security option, this makes it very hard for people to steal your mobile network while out and about.
How do I turn on tethering if I have an iPhone?
Turning on Tethering on your iphone is easy, here is what you need to do.
Step 1 ====> Open the Settings app on your iPhone
Step 2 ====> Then tap Personal Hotspot.
Step 3 ====> Press the toggle at the top of the screen to switch it on.
Step 4 ====> On the same screen you will see a password which is required the first time you connect your laptop or tablet to your phone. You will also be given the option to tether your phone via Bluetooth or USB.
Step 5 ====> Once connected, choose your iPhone from the list of available WIFI networks, enter the password and you are good to go.
Share a mobile connection by tethering or hotspot on Android
You can use your smartphone data to connect another phone, tablet, or computer to the internet. Sharing a connection this way is called tethering or using a hotspot. Most Android phones can share mobile data by WIFI, Bluetooth, or USB.
Tether by WIFI hotspot
Turn on your phone’s hotspot
Here we shall be leading you through the steps on turning on Hotspot on your phone, though, it was mentioned above.
Step 1 ====> Open your phone’s Settings app.
Step 2 ====> Tap Network & internet
Step 3 ====> Hotspot & tethering
Step 4 ====> Wi-Fi hotspot.
Step 5 ====> Turn on Wi-Fi hotspot.
Step 6 ====> To see or change a hotspot setting, like the name or password, tap it. If needed, first tap Set up Wi-Fi hotspot.
NB: If you don’t want your hotspot to require a password, pick None under Security.
Connect Another Device to Your Phone’s Hotspot
Step 1 ====> On the other device, open that device’s list of Wi-Fi options.
Step 2 ====> Pick your phone’s hotspot name.
Step 3 ====> Enter your phone’s hotspot password.
Step 4 ====> Click Connect
Use your PC as a Mobile Hotspot
Turn your Windows 10 PC into a mobile hotspot by sharing your Internet connection with other devices over WIFI. You can share a Wi-Fi, Ethernet, or cellular data connection. If your PC has a cellular data connection and you share it, it will use data from your data plan.
Step 1 ====> Select the Start button
Step 2 ====> Then select Settings
Step 3 ====> Network & Internet
Step 4 ====> Mobile hotspot.
Step 5 ====> For Share my Internet connection from, choose the Internet connection you want to share.
Step 6 ====> Select Edit ====> enter a new network name and password ====> Save.
Step 7 ====> Turn on Share my Internet connection with other devices.
Step 8 ====> To connect on the other device, go to the Wi-Fi settings on that device, find your network name, select it, enter the password, and then connect