With data tethering, 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 do not 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.
While the connection to your laptop or tablet may be faster than the public network at your favorite café, it can have its own issues. this is what you need to know about tethering with android and how to connect your mobile internet to your pc.
what is bonding?
tethering is the term for connecting your mobile device to your computer so that your pc can connect through your phone’s mobile data connection. works via usb, bluetooth or wi-fi.
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In the days before the iPhone, this meant using an old-style feature phone to call a number that provided internet access anywhere. Some mobile phones may share your internet connection, allowing you to connect through the device’s network apn.
After the iPhone was released in 2007, many cell phone networks began charging extra for connection plans. Fortunately, this money-grabbing practice has been almost completely eliminated these days, tethering is usually free on top of using your data allowance.
explanation of android mobile tethering options
android owners have three tethering options to share a mobile internet connection with their laptop, tablet, or even desktop:
1) connect via bluetooth
2) use your phone as a wireless access point
3) connect your phone to your computer via usb
We’ll examine each of these to find out which method will drain the battery faster and which will transfer data faster.
Before proceeding, make sure you have enabled mobile internet on your phone. It is important to note that the strength of the mobile signal will affect the speed of your connection. using the connection may also cause your phone’s battery level to drop rapidly; the wireless connection consumes a lot of energy.
I provided speed results from speedtest.net for comparison.
1. how to connect mobile internet to a pc with usb tethering
Mobile phones have long had a modem function, allowing you to connect the device to your computer via USB. this allows you to share your mobile internet connection via a wired connection with your laptop or other devices.
it’s easy to do. Connect the USB cable that shipped with your phone to your computer, then plug it into the phone’s USB port. below to configure your android device for mobile internet sharing:
a) open settings > network and amplifier; internet > hotspot and bonding.
b) tap the usb tethering slider to enable it. If it is grayed out, make sure the USB cable is properly connected at both ends.
c) the access point & A pairing warning will appear, informing you that continuing will interrupt any existing data transfer between your phone and the computer.
d) tap accept to continue.
A notification icon should appear to confirm that the pin is active. In testing, we found the following results:
- speed: 97mbps download, 2.02mbps upload, with an average ping of 66ms.
- battery impact: the effect on your phone’s battery depends on whether your computer laptop is plugged in or not. If so, the battery drain should be slow or non-existent as the phone will charge slowly over the usb connection.
note: if your computer is running on its battery, your phone will potentially drain the computer’s battery, rather than its own.
next week i will talk about bluetooth tethering and how to connect a wi-fi hotspot to your computer.
george cox is the owner of computer diagnostics and repair. he can be reached at 702-346-4217.