Tethering : Have you tried it on your Android handset?

The mobile phones are the fastest evolving species of the technology world since their invention. Today’s hand-phones (apart from telecommunication) can Play you music, capture your best moments as high quality pictures, edit and share them instantly, make video calls, share your thoughts to your community and the rest of the world, make your office truly distributed and portable and a lot more things in affordable prices. They have truly shrunken the size of the world, aren’t they?

In this blog, I would like to write about one of the really useful but ignored feature by most of us on your Android devices,Tethering.

Tethering is a technique of sharing the data connection of your mobile with the other devices. This can be done  in two ways:

  1. USB Tethering
  2. Portable Wi-Fi hotspot

They are more like using your handset as a router or a wireless modem.

In this post, let us see how to do this on your Android handsets:

  • Navigate to the settings icon of your Android set.
  • go to the WiFi and network settings.

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  • navigate to tethering and portable hotspot as shown below

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  • It gives you two choices to choose from :  USB tethering and Portable Wi-Fi hotspot.
  • USB tethering requires your mobile phone to be connected with the pairing device using a USB cable, otherwise the option will be disabled.
  • Check the check-box next to the USB tethering menu once after connecting your device with another device using USB cable. Now you can connect to your Mobile phones’ Internet connection from the other device directly. The status bar will notify the USB symbol once the tethering is successful(as shown in the image below).
  • Now comes, portable Wi-Fi hotspot. The USB tethering can connect only two devices with the help of  a USB cord. But in case of portable Wi-Fi tethering, many devices can share your data connection simultaneously(Unless your connection is too slow).
  • Check the check-box adjacent to the Portable Wi-Fi hotspot as shown in the figure below:

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  • You can edit the security settings for your Wi-Fi hot spot from the  Portable Wi-Fi hotspot settings.

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  • If you choose a Open connection, it will be visible and accessible to all without any authentication.
  • If you want your connection to be secured, choose the WAP2 SPK instead of open. That can help you to choose password to connect with the Wi-Fi hotspot.
  • You can configure the connection timeout, if you want to disable the availability of the network in desired time.

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Its pretty easy, right? The one big drawback is, your mobile phones’ battery will run out very soon by enabling this service.

Happy Hacking!

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