Method of network sharing
- Mobile hotspots are the most common method of tethering. It's easy to set up, and the Wi-Fi module is present on most devices, so no extra components are required.
- Tethering via Bluetooth is relatively difficult to set up and is slower than Wi-Fi. Currently, Bluetooth tethering is uncommon, although it was common before Wi-Fi became widely available.
- Tethering over a USB is very fast and consumes very little power because the device can be charged over a USB. However, not many devices support this USB tethering capability. Also, it requires special drivers or software on both sides, and possibly some configuration stuff.
Connection Agreement and Requirements
Provider models for tethering and hotspots
- Cost consideration
When you have the option of using any of these services, you may want to consider the potential costs involved. If you use tethering to access the Internet, you may be charged for every kilobyte of data transferred over the cellular network.If you use the internet a lot, this can be the equivalent of a large monthly bill on your phone. In contrast, with a traditional hotspot, you can use the internet as much as you want without worrying about the amount of data you're accessing. The owner of the hotspot will pay the internet service provider a monthly service fee.Typically, mobile hotspots do not come with contracts and fees. The best ones are pay-per-use, so you only pay for the data you use and refill when necessary. The carriers with the best coverage and speeds, such as Verizon Wireless, are usually the most expensive and may require a contract.Companies with the highest price and value (Karma, FreedomPop, etc.) sometimes suffer from less-than-stellar coverage and speed.
- Connection availability
Wi-Fi hotspots can be found in both public and private spaces. Today, there are hotspots in many public places around the world, such as airports, shops, restaurants, hotels, hospitals, libraries, public telephones, train stations, schools, and universities.Many offer free internet access, but also commercial internet access. Hotspots can also be set up at home by simply connecting a wireless router to the Internet via ADSL or 3G.This is the most common method used today to share an internet connection across various devices in the home.
Advantages of mobile hotspots over tethering
- Data bandwidth: When it comes to work that consumes a lot of data bandwidth, you may experience exceeding data transfer limits. In this case, using a hotspot is the first option.
- Your phone's battery life: Using a hotspot means never draining your battery just because you need to get some work done. This has the benefit of better long-term use since you're not taxing your phone to stay connected.
- Use multiple devices: You can reliably bond multiple devices. While you can connect multiple devices to your phone, the more devices you add, the worse the experience is generally. While most hotspots limit the number of devices you can connect, you can always connect more than one or two without performance issues.
- Continuity of work: Network shares are prone to frequent disconnections, especially when used for extended periods of time. This is usually due to the firmware. Likewise, even "unlimited" data plans (depending on the carrier) are limited after a certain point. Hotspots have the added benefit of higher reliability and pay-per-use.
- Choose between data and voice: This varies by carrier, but with Verizon Wireless and Sprint, tethering (over 3G, not over LTE) conflicts with phone calls. Although the phone may ring, data will be disconnected when you answer the call, and vice versa.
- Diverse carriers: Frequent travelers can choose carriers that offer better service wherever they roam. Even when you're at home, you can now choose the best performing carrier, or turn it off when needed.