In the temporary absence of a Wi-Fi connection, having a mobile hotspot-enabled Android smartphone is very helpful. It is important to distinctly define/ describe some related terminologies in order to have a clearer comprehension of the subject matter.
What is A Mobile Hotspot?
This basically refers to the property of a mobile phone to render wireless internet accessibility to a wide range of compatible gadgets like other smartphones, laptops, computers as well as gaming consoles. A mobile hotspot essentially connects into the cellular network and propagates internet connectivity with compatible devices within approximately 30 feet. A mobile hotspot can establish internet connectivity for between five to ten Wi-Fi-enabled devices.
Advantages of Mobile Hotspots
- Mobile hotspots are very beneficial in ensuring connectivity to the internet from different locations. This ensures the ability to stay connected to the internet on-the-go.
- Mobile hotspots are instrumental in guaranteeing that as little as five or as many as ten Wi-Fi-enabled devices are simultaneously connected to the internet.
- Mobile hotspots are also relatively profitable in general terms as they negate the need for purchasing separate data plans on all the gadgets.
- Mobile hotspots are very easy to use. There is no need for enigmatic installations or perplexing procedures. In most smartphones, mobile hotspots can be activated through simple tap-and-go steps.
Disadvantages of Mobile Hotspots
- Internet access may be limited and connectivity to the web may be sporadically interrupted when using mobile hotspots.
- Using mobile hotspots can also amplify the vulnerability of data/ information security. However, the likelihood of the occurrence of this risk can be minimized through the use of various antivirus/ antimalware security apps.
- Some smartphones do not support the simultaneous use of voice and data features. This means that while being used as a mobile hotspot, some smartphones would render making or receiving phone calls impossible, otherwise internet connection may be disrupted.
- Using a smartphone as a mobile hotspot tends to deplete the battery charge faster that normally experienced.
- Establishing an internet connection through the use of a mobile hotspot usually results in relatively unreliable and slower speeds of connection in comparison to the home Wi-Fi network.
Setting Up A Mobile Hotspot With An Android Smartphone
Creating a mobile hotspot with an Android smartphone is a very simple process. The following instructions help to explain the steps needed in the setting up procedure.
- From the Home screen, open the phone Menu
- Go to Settings
- From the Settings, select the Tethering and Mobile hotspot option
- Tap on the Configure Mobile hotspot option
- Enter a Network SSID (Service Set Identifier)
- Choose a Security type (either Open or WPA2 PSK). The latter is the more recommended option.
- Enter a password (it is usually at least 8 characters long). Skip this step if ‘Open’ Security type was chosen in the previous step.
- Save the configurations made
- Finally, turn on the mobile hotspot and it is ready to use
- A notification is shown when an active mobile hotspot connection has been established.
- Other Wi-Fi-enabled devices can then be easily connected to the mobile hotspot as typically done with the home Wi-Fi network.