Wednesday, 4 February 2015

When you are talking about how to connect your digital technology devices to the internet, what usually comes to mind is the normal data plan subscriptions from network service providers for mobile phones and the use of USB modem for laptops and desktops. But do you know you can merge these two by using your phone as the modem that connects your laptop or desktop to the internet?

In this post, I would like to show you the best ways to use your smartphones or other mobile phones as an internet connection modem for your laptops, desktops and other devices. You will find out that apart from saving you the cost of subscribing to a data bundle plan for your phone as well as computer, it provides for a less bulky handling of devices at any point in time.

Using your phone as an internet modem could be much more effective as it provides that high quality 3G network or above upon which most smartphones are now built. The many connectivity options availability on smartphones now can even enable connecting multiple devices at the same time to the internet. I shall give you the many connectivity options available and a step-by-step guild on how to set up the connections.

Before using your smartphone or other phones as an internet connection modem, you must have an active data bundle or internet access plan on it. You can read up the available internet data bundlesor tariff plans in Nigeria to find out which one best soothes your need to subscribe to and how to subscribe to any. Once this is done, then follow these laid down steps below to get your laptop or desktop connected to the internet.

CONNECTING YOUR LAPTOP TO INTERNET USING A SMARTPHONE AS MODEM:

There are two methods of connecting a laptop to internet via smartphones as a modem. One method is to use a wireless connection and the other is a USB direct wired connection. To use the wireless connection method, three available methods are the Wi-Fi direct wireless, the Wi-Fi hotspot wireless and the Bluetooth tethering technology.

Wi-Fi Direct Wireless internet connection technology: This method involves maximum of two devices – the smartphone used as the modem and the data recipient laptop. Both devices must have the Wi-Fi technology imbedded in both. The interaction is limited to these two devices. Firstly, activate the Wi-Fi on both devices, the phone will detect the laptop and you can connect your laptop by tapping on the visible detected laptop Wi-Fi. Once a connection is established, internet access from the smartphone is granted the laptop.

Wi-Fi Hotspot Wireless internet connection technology: This method of connectivity creates a virtual space of internet signal. A cloud is generated and any Wi-Fi enabled device that comes within that internet space or cloud detects the internet signal. Firstly, on your smartphone, switch on your Wi-Fi and activate your Wi-Fi Hotspot. The steps involved may vary with different models of smartphones, which you can easily decipher. Once the hotspot is set up, switch on your laptop’s Wi-Fi and automatically, both devices detect themselves. At this stage, connection can ensue.

Multiple devices can be connected to the same hotspot and when this happens, the rate of data consumption multiplies. These days, Wi-Fi Hotspots are secured with passwords which controls what devices get connected to use data from source device. If you wish to protect your Hotspot with password, tap the Wi-Fi Hotspot to open the sub-options. You will see the general provision for password security. I am not specific to any particular phone model but generally, Hotspot technology is built in similar formats. For any password-protected Hotspot, any device within its range can detect the available network but cannot successfully connect or share data unless the password is provided by the Hotspot owner.
 
Bluetooth Tethering Wireless:
This Technology works so much like the Wi-Fi Direct Technology. The only major difference lies in the range or distance of connectivity, which is longer in Wi-Fi tethering than in
Bluetooth tethering. There is no Hotspot for the Bluetooth internet connectivity technology hence only two devices can be connected at a time.

USB Wire Internet Connectivity:
The use of the USB cord to physically connect your laptop or desktop computers or any other device to the internet using smartphones as modems are becoming very efficient and reliable. You may find it very easy to physically connect your smartphone to the laptop but to enable you use its internet data on the computer, most phones require some softwares. These softwares provide an interface for the internet connection and disconnection.

However, some smartphones apply a plug and play software technology which automatically synchronizes both devices and data is shared instantly. The shortfall here is that this method of connection does not allow for easy mobility. Also, ensure that the proper USB ports are used for both ports of the devices in use.

As we have different models of phones and computer devices, you need to know your devices specifically as the software design may provide differences in the connection processes. However, we basically apply the general principal and it will be comforting when learning how to use your smartphone as an internet connection modem for your laptop and other technology devices.


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