Connect anywhere through tethering
Aussies have embraced technology with passion. That’s why it’s no surprise that recent studies show we are spending more time online than a decade ago. Aussies simply have to be online all the time, whether it be for work or for personal interests.
In a new study by TNS Australia, it was revealed that 46 per cent of Australians now own a tablet and 75 per cent own a smartphone. Additionally, we spend 3.3 hours a day online for personal interests outside of work duties.
Tethering keeps us connected whilst we’re on the move. It’s a method which allows one device to connect with another so that an Internet or data connection can be shared. Most of devices today supports tethering. To use this feature, you need to enable it in the settings of your device.
You can tether any compatible device using a USB port, WiFi or Bluetooth connectivity. Whilst one device serves as a mobile hotspot or modem, the other device can be connected to share the Internet connection.
- USB tethering – This method requires a USB cable to directly connect one device (as a modem), say your smartphone, to another device. This type of connection is faster than the other types of tethering and doesn’t drain your smartphone’s battery. Many business users who spend a lot of time on the road, without a stable Internet connection, use this form of tethering to get their laptop online. The downside of this type of tethering is that you can only share to a single device and your movement is minimised since you are plugged into your laptop and the cord won’t let you go far.
- Bluetooth tethering – This wireless connection allows you to move freely and preserve your mobile hotspot’s battery life longer compared to the other types of tethering connections. However, you can only connect to one device at a time. This type of tethering has the slowest connection, therefore should be your last option.
- WiFi tethering – This is perhaps the most ideal type of tethering as it’s faster and more reliable than Bluetooth. With your smartphone’s 3G or 4G connection, you create a personal WiFi hotspot, where multiple devices can be connected simultaneously. You may also connect your device to a free WiFi connection and tether this to your other devices such as tablets, game consoles or your WiFi-compatible digital cameras. Any device in the area that can connect to WiFi, can connect to your mobile hotspot. The downside of this, however, is that it can drain your battery quickly. Thus, make sure that when you use your smartphone’s hotspot feature, you are either fully charged or you have your charger with you. Also, you need to be wary when using your data connection (3G/4G). Data plans have specific rules about tethering. Some plans don’t include tethering, so you can end up with a hefty bill after some hours of work.
If you’re already paying for a data plan which doesn’t require any extra fees for using your smartphone as a modem for your laptop, tethering can save you dollars since you won’t have to pay for a separate mobile broadband service or buy additional hardware just to be connected.
Tethering also lets you browse the web more securely because your information is being sent directly through your own device compared to accessing a public open wireless hotspot which can make you vulnerable to malicious attacks.
Simply put, tethering simplifies our lives. It gives us the ability to connect anytime, anywhere; making our online lives easier and more convenient. Explore tethering today.