Many of you have probably been in a similar situation as myself when arriving at your hotel and spending hours pulling your hair out trying to connect to their poor Internet connection.

When trying to connect to a hotel’s Internet, it’s pretty common you will run into some kind of issue. Whether it be a low signal strength, a password that isn’t working, or maybe it’s just the fact too many people are using this connection. Whatever the case may be, do not fear!  There is an easy way to make sure you always have a good connection, it is called tethering!  

Tethering is a way to share, for example, your iPhone’s data connection with your laptop or other wireless devices. Once tethering is enabled on your iPhone, it becomes essentially a Wi-Fi hotspot, allowing devices to connect to it, thus supplying internet connection to your other devices as long as you have access to the web on your phone.

You can tether a variety of devices such as desktops, laptops, iPads, iPod touch and other compatible devices, but you will need iOS4 or higher.

Tethering is not a cheap option by any means, but it is a life saver when you are stuck without any connection. It is an incredibly useful feature to know how to use, as you never know when you may need it.

Most users opt for one-off tethering access rather than signing into a package agreement where you are paying each month for a service you may only use 3-4 times a month. But prices do vary and package deals might suit you better so it’s a good idea to do a quick price research beforehand.

It’s also a good idea to first check if the tethering feature is actually available to you, as a few networks may only allow access if you have a business plan with them. For others the personal hotspot is automatically added. In most cases tethering will be accessible.

So, here’s how to set up tethering on your iOS device for the 1st time:

  1. First, you need to turn on the personal hotspot located in Settings – General – Cellular – Personal Hotspot.

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Here you can also set your personal password.

Now your Personal Hotspot is enabled.

Next you must connect it to your laptop or other device by clicking on the Airport icon or wireless utility and selecting your Personal Hotspot.

It will ask for your password. Enter this to connect.

Now you will be connected to the Internet on your laptop, and at the top of your iPhone screen you will see ‘Personal Hotspot: “1 connection” to indicate you are connected and how many devices are currently connected.

Now you have set up your personal hotspot connection, connecting next time will be more straight forward, you simple need to go to settings and you will now see a personal hotspot option to turn on.

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You should keep in mind that the more devices you share your Internet connection with, the slower your connection will be.

 Connection speeds can vary as you are sharing a data connection, so speeds might not be quite what you are used to, but in my experience it has been adequate for what I needed at the time.

Always remember to disable your personal hotspot when you are not using it if you want to save your battery life.

If you do not have wireless function available on your laptop, it is still possible to connect via Bluetooth or USB.

Tethering is simple to set up and pretty essential if you often work away from the office. With tethering, as long as there is network available, you can be connected to the Internet anywhere.

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