Hotspot – Using Your Phone for Mobile Internet Access

Steve Dotto here. How the heck are you this
fine day? Me? I’m feeling a little hot around the collar. Actually, I’m not but today’s
demo is all about hot-spotting or as our Teutonic friends like to say, hot-spotting, the ability
to be able to take your smartphone’s connection and use it and share it with your computer
or with another device. It’s a fairly basic application that’s fairly simple to do.
You might wonder why you want to do it because so many places today have hot spots available
to you. You can go to almost any coffee shop and you can log on. There are so many different
public hot spots available. Well, there are really two basic reasons that
you might want to hot spot. The first reason is convenience. It takes a bit of time to
find the network and log on and do all those sorts of things whereas turning on the hot
spot of your phone is incredibly quick. The other reason is security. Now probably a tiny,
tiny percentage of us are ever exposed to any dangers at all when we are using a public
network but let’s face it, a public network is less secure inherently than a private network
that you’re running yourself. So if you’re doing things like online banking or any of
that sort of stuff when you’re out and about, it might be a good idea to do that through
your own personal hotspot rather than doing it through a public network. So it’s hot-spotting
today on DottoTech. It is a fairly quick and basic demo which
we are going to look at this fine day. We’re going to take a look at the ability to take
the internet connection that’s available on our smartphone and I have here at the center
for your viewing pleasure my Android phone and on the left-hand side is my iPhone. We
go into the same place in both phones to set up hot spots and it’s as simple as can be.
In the Android phone, you go into the More Network’s area and there you can find Tethering
and portable hot spot. So there are basically ways that you can do
this. You can tether phone using a USB connection which saves a lot of battery power. As a matter
of fact if you have your notebook computer plugged in, it allows you to be continuously
charging your phone while you’re doing it. That’s a great way to set up a hot spot.
all you do is you go in and you choose if it’s connected by USB or if you want the
portable WiFi hot spot, you turn that on and what will happen is it will turn off—I know
it’s seems counterintuitive—your WiFi in order to turn on the hot spot. That’s
because it’s not bringing in the internet connection at a point there. It’s using
your mobile radio to connect to the internet. It’s not using the WiFi.
One the Mac, it’s almost the exact same process. You go into Settings and within Settings
right there you have a Personal Hotspot button. You can turn on the Personal Hotspot which
will then allow you to share your hot spot with yourself or with somebody else. You put
in a WiFi password there and allow people to log in. The hot spot, by default is the
name of your smartphone. It’s dead simple to do. You can also do the tethering on the
Mac and you can also access it for Bluetooth as well should you choose to. But for the
most part, most people will want to set up either a WiFi hot spot or a USB-tethered hot
spot. It’s not something that you have to do all the time. It’s nice to know it’s
nice and convenient if you do need to use it occasionally and for the most part, we’re
going to choose to use public hot spots that are available because they don’t cost us
anything whereas sometimes of course if we’re using up our own personal data, that might
end up having a cost attached. But the bottom line is for extra security and extra convenience,
nothing beats a portable hot spot. I hope you found today’s video to be brief
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100 thoughts on “Hotspot – Using Your Phone for Mobile Internet Access

  1. I am going to South Korea and want to use my phone to navigate around the city using the internet but I don't want to be charged $$$$$$$ by my U.S. carrier.I have Walmart family mobile. What can I do???

  2. Dottech…i just purchased the Ellipsis™ Jetpack® MHS815L
    …is it a waste of money ??? what is the advantage of this device if i can use my smartphone as a hotspot ? pls helpl

  3. One question: If I turn the hotspot on my tablet (no SIM card so I pay anything) and connect to it with my phone, will something cost? PS: Neither of them have mobile data.

  4. My router has just died so I will be using my iPhone Hotspot for the first time. Lifesaver. Thanks for the video.

  5. Can anybody help me I can't I turn off the screen overlay, I have a tab a tablet Samsung I have tried many times to fix this problem but it didn't work I have watched YouTube videos and I still don't get it I do what they say do but I just can't turn it off I would like to add third-party apps on my tablet please help

  6. I have 3g cell phone service. I have a 15 year out PC and don't believe it has wireless connection capabilities. How would my computer get connected to my 3g internet service.

  7. This started 2 day ago. So when I turn on my mobile hotspot all my devices can connect. But when they do they don't get the internet access. Like it show they are connected but no internet access. Do you know how to fix this or I have to call my provider to get it fix.

  8. Hello, I'm wanting to use my mobile hotspot ON OCCASION when I Dj and this will be my first time and when I use the hotspot — WILL ALL INBOUND CALLS JUST GO INTO MAILBOX or will an incoming call come through Sir??? How do I stop the interruption so my music playing isn't affected Sir???

  9. Data is tge internet u use on ur phone. Hotspot is the same but sharing ur internet with other devices but uses ur internet connection depending on your plan alright.

  10. Ugh. Cengage, why do you make these videos unskippable before answering questions on MindTap modules for easy classes??? Massive waste of time.

  11. QUESTION.. I know that mobile hotspots have to have a data plan on their phones. And then this data is converted as wifi for other devices.. WHAT IF I was connected to a WiFi router (I have my mobile data turned OFF and my WiFi turned ON), will my device (mobile hotspot) share the wifi instead of my mobile data instead? Or will other devices still keep feeding off of my mobile data?

  12. is hotspot the same as wifi?…and….when you connect to a hot spot or wifi does your ip change….and…is there a difference in these questions if the wifi or hotspot is free or not free

  13. I have a data plan on my Samsung phone but not my son's IPad and now he wants to play Pokeman Go. It seems like a lot just to go get a data plan for one game. Is it possible to use my phone to get a signal on the iPad as long as we are together?

  14. Good info. It's more convenient than wifi stick, but it is similar, or does it use more data? Thanks!

  15. Here is another reason to use the phone’s hotspot. I bought a WiFi-only IPad. I can use my IPhone to feed the IPad the Internet. So, while I am out and about playing Pokémon Go, I can use the larger IPad screen.

  16. I have tmobile and pay $25 for unlimited hotspot that is not shared with my text talk or data. So if I turn my hotspot on will it bypass my tmobile network and only use my unlimited hotspot?

  17. can you connect to another persons data tho I keep seeing someone else's and ik it's bc its an open network but couldn't I connect by using there address

  18. Forgive me, but I don't get it. When my smart phone wasn't activated, I used wi-fi at coffee shops, etc., and it's obvious why a mobile hotspot would be better — but with an activated smart phone, then why? It's already connected to the internet. What am I missing?

  19. OK so you have an excellent presentation you speak very slowly watch I’d love that, next Marine house after the war saving lives back-and-forth I know someone off computers not that much I have a question for you with a hotspot and connect it with cable to my computer have done that it was great but can I control my computer through my iPhone without getting out of bed it would make it very convenient for me instead of going to the keyboard just like what I want can I do that with my cell phone disconnected through hotspot Wi-Fi through the computer I’m going to control the computer on my cell phone without getting out of bed to go to the keyboard can you please help me with that thanks very much

  20. i am using Lenovo PB2 and android version 6.0 .it is automatically turning off hotspot in ten minutes and i try to resolve the problem but i can not get the solution .pls would you help me.

  21. So I have the Verizon unlimited plan for data on my phone. If I activated the hotspot would it increase the billing fee or would it just be using my unlimited plan? I'm kinda confused.

  22. You proverbial anglo-autistic fool. The european-made global standards for mobile telephony GSM (2G), UMTS (3G), LTE (4G) etc are mobile subsystems of ISDN. Thus the appliances to be connected are mostly the same that you use at home or the office (not the phone, obviously). You connect your notebook to your phone, which has an integrated high-speed modem. Plus, you should have an external antenna. 'Smartphones' are for idiots – people like you. See

  23. I'm using samsung s7 edge, and have 2 issues. 1 it keeps looking for the IP address, and never connects and 2 my usb is Gray out so can't connect to that also, anyone have a fix for this?

  24. Thank you very muych how you explain this great lesson.
    BUT can you recourding Another vedio About software making software with reallity?

  25. When I go to set up a hot spot on my iPhone, it sends me to a website to set it up and the website has a long error message

  26. Another reason to use personal hotspot is because both of our local "home internet" companies (Comcast/CenturyLink) are too greedy. And without home internet, I can't get wifi. Therefore my iPhone is connected via USB hardwire to my iMac via a cellular only internet connection. I could do Bluetooth hotspot, but I don't want the radiation and I do want the hardwire reliability. Personal "Hotschpotten" at home certainly is not the fastest connection by far as I get a LOT of "buffering" with it that I did not get with my old Comcast ethernet connection. But I'd rather put up with that, rather than give up my fixed "even steven" $55/month T-mobile One "Unlimited" talk/text/data. To me, this beats Comcast and CenturyLink with their multiple additional "odd pennies" hidden fees, which allows them to slowly creep up the final bill. I got rid of my CenturyLink landline in 2016 in part because of that "upcreep syndrome". And Comcast is NOTORIOUS for intentionally overbilling!

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