I work online and depend greatly on an internet connection. I have a few devices that help me connect to the internet like a wireless dongle, a 3G iPad, a Toshiba tablet, and even an android phone.
When all else fails I turn to my Android smartphone as a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot. I do not use this often as the data allowance is small and going over this limit can cost a lot of money. There is no problem using your you Android phone as a hotspot, you just have to watch your data limits.
How To Use Your Android As A Mobile Hotspot
There are three main steps to turning your Android smartphone into a mobile hotspot. The first step is to enable the Wi-Fi , the second is to secure the hotspot, and the last step is to get your device to connect to it’s signal.
Turning On Wireless Tethering
These instructions may vary slightly from phone to phone, but I have seen that they are very similar on least three phones.
1. Go to the home screen on your phone and tap on the options menu.
2. Choose settings and then choose wireless & networks.
3. Click on the more link. See the screenshot below.
4. Now choose Tethering and Portable hotspot from the list.
5. Then choose Portable Wi-Fi hotspot.
6. Now you should see a tethering icon in the menu bar showing that you have turned your Android into a hotspot.
Secure Your Android Wi-Fi Hotspot
If you simply set up a Wi-Fi hot spot like this, your connection is unsecured and people can connect to it. You need to implement a unique name for your hotspot and also it is recommended that you give it a password. I always recommend that you improve your wireless security on your home network, and this is pretty much the same. In this case we will be using the WPA2 Wi-Fi security type.
1. Under the Portable Wi-fi button you will see a link to either Setup Wi-Fi hotspot or to edit the hotspot you just created. In my case I had to edit the connection.
2. Fill in the network SSID which is the name that will identify your hotspot. This is the name you look for when choosing a Wi-Fi signal to connect to.
3. Choose your security type. Older phones might not have some security options available, but some security is better than none.
4. Type in your password. Make this password interesting and not obvious in any way. this makes your Wi-fi hotspot safer and stops people using up your data allowance.
Make sure you press on the save button below.
So now we have a secure Wi-Fi hotspots set up through your android, we can now connect other devices to this Wi-Fi hotspot. For example you can connect a laptop or a tablet to this connection.
Connect Your Laptop To Your Android Hotspot
If your hotspot is on and available then your laptop will find it.
Finding a wireless network is easy. All you have to do is go down to the notification area on the bottom right of your screen and click on your Wi-Fi network icon.
This will bring up a list of available networks to connect to. Only ones that are available will show up in this list.
As you can see in the screenshot above, all of my icons could not fit in the notification area so I pressed on the little arrow to see the rest. Then I clicked on my network icon and the available networks appeared. It shows which network I am connected to and it also shows which networks are available.