Connect mobile internet to your PC via tethering, part 2 of 2
With data sharing, you can use your mobile internet on your PC, laptop or tablet. All you need is an Android phone! Need an internet connection for your PC or laptop, but you don’t have access to public Wi-Fi? The solution is simple: connect your smartphone’s mobile internet connection to your PC. This process is known as tethering.
This week, the discussion continues the discussion of tethering.
READ PART 1:How to Connect Mobile Internet to Your PC Using Tethering: Part 1 of 2
2. Use bluetooth tethering with mobile internet
Another way to share your mobile internet connection with a PC or tablet is to use Bluetooth. Short-range wireless technology has enough bandwidth to route data to and from your phone and a paired device.
Start by pairing your phone with your computer:
a) Open the Bluetooth settings of your Android phone. To do this, long press the Bluetooth icon in Quick settings or go to Settings> Connected devices.
b) Select Pair new device, which will make your device discoverable.
c) Now on your Windows 10 system, press Win + I to open the Settings app.
d) Here, select Devices> Bluetooth and other devices.
e) Activate Bluetooth if it is not already done. Click Add Bluetooth or other device followed by Bluetooth.
f) Select your phone when it appears and follow the pairing steps. If you’re having trouble, check out our guide to setting up Bluetooth in Windows 10.
g) Once paired, on your phone, open Settings> Network and Internet> Hotspot and tethering and activate Bluetooth tethering.
Once the phone is paired with your computer, you can share the mobile internet connection:
a) Expand the Windows system tray to find the Bluetooth icon, right-click on it and select Join a personal network.
b) In the menu that appears, find your phone icon and right click on it.
c) Choose Connect using> Access point.
Your phone should then display a notification indicating that Bluetooth tethering is active. Test found:
- Speed: 35 Mbps upload, 0.78 Mbps upload, with an average ping of 289 ms.
- Battery Impact: Heavy use of Bluetooth really puts a strain on your battery. Ten minutes of use consumed five percent of my phone’s charge.
3. How to connect a Wi-Fi access point to your PC
Combining the wireless benefits of Bluetooth with the speed of USB, using your phone as a Wi-Fi hotspot is perhaps the most popular tethering option.
Using your mobile internet connection and Wi-Fi, your phone creates a private network to connect your devices with a secure password. It is certainly the most practical choice. To configure Wi-Fi tethering:
a) Open Settings> Network and Internet> Hotspot and tethering.
b) Tap Portable hotspot (called a Wi-Fi hotspot on some phones).
c) On the next screen, activate the cursor.
d) You can then adjust the network options on this page. For example, change the access point name, security type, or open advanced options to automatically turn off the access point when no device is using it. On some devices, you will need to open the Configure hotspot menu to change these options.
e) Tap the Access point password box (sometimes called Show password) to display the password, if required.
Then, on your Windows PC:
a) Press Win + I to open settings.
b) Go to Network and Internet> Wi-Fi.
c) Click on View available networks and search for the network created by your phone. (You can also do this by clicking on the wireless Internet icon in the system tray).
d) Select the network and click Connect.
e) Enter the password as displayed on your phone (making any other changes if necessary) to establish the connection.
Here are the results we found with this option:
- Speed: 10 Mbps upload, 4.45 Mbps upload, with an average ping of 55 ms.
- Battery impact: As with Bluetooth tethering, heavy use reduced the battery by about five percent in 10 minutes. However, standard usage looks best with Wi-Fi tethering and could potentially last around 5-6 hours.
Once you’ve set up wireless tethering for the first time, it’s easy to turn it on again. Open the Quick Settings panel on your phone by swiping down from the top twice. Press the Hotspot button, then wait for your computer to connect. As long as you don’t change the network name or password, it should reconnect automatically.
Connect an iPhone to your PC using a mobile hotspot
Not using Android? Need to borrow a phone to connect your PC to the Internet and only have an iPhone?
IPhones have an hotspot mode that you can activate in Settings> Personal hotspot. This is a Wi-Fi hotspot that any wireless device can connect to.
For more compatibility, iOS also supports Bluetooth and USB tethering, just like Android. For details on how to connect the mobile internet from an iPhone to your computer, learn how to use the hotspot feature on your iPhone.
Mobile tethering? Use USB for better battery life
Wireless, Bluetooth and USB are all options for getting your laptop or tablet online. But which is the best?
Our tests show that USB tethering is the option that drains your phone’s battery the slowest. Meanwhile, Bluetooth offers the worst speeds. Thanks to improvements in Bluetooth technology, however, its impact on the battery is acceptable.
It’s easy to link your mobile internet connection to a computer
Can’t decide between a Wi-Fi hotspot and USB tethering? Well, USB isn’t the fastest at all, making Wi-Fi the best all-around option. But if Wi-Fi isn’t available, USB tethering is your best alternative. Just be aware and concerned about the cost of tethering.
George Cox is the owner of Computer Diagnostics and Repair. He can be reached at 702-346-4217.