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Tablets are quickly becoming an important device for many business owners and managers. While they are useful, there are some drawbacks, especially with Android tablets. The biggest is that many don’t have a mobile data connection which means you have to rely on Wi-Fi to be online. Did you know that if you have a mobile device with a data connection, you can share it with your tablet through a process called tethering?
Here is an overview of tethering. It focuses on Android tablets, but this process be applied to almost any Android device.
What exactly is tethering?
You’ve probably seen this term mentioned in marketing collateral or contracts from your mobile provider, or heard users talk about it. In the most basic sense, tethering is sharing one device’s Internet or data connection with another. The most common type of tethering you will see is someone using their smartphone’s data connection to surf the Internet on their computer or tablet.
When it comes to tethering on Android devices, there are three main options:
A word of warning: As you share connections, the speed of the data will be diminished. Some devices are also data hungry, and if you have a set amount of data each month, you will likely use it up. If you go over the amount, you may be in for a bit of a shock when you see your next bill.
Can I tether on my tablet?
Technically all Android tablets and devices can share their connection as long as they can connect to mobile data. The ability to tether actually hinges on the provider of the data connection – some allow it, others don’t while some will apply extra charges. Before you try to tether any device, you should check with your device’s data/mobile provider to ensure tethering is allowed. As a rule of thumb: If you are already paying for a data connection with a set amount of bandwidth (e.g., 2GB a month), tethering is likely ok.
Because many Android tablets don’t have a mobile data connection, most users will likely share their smartphone’s connection with their tablet. If you have a smartphone with a data plan, tethering will depend on your phone as the tablet just sees an Internet connection.
How do I share my data connection?
If you have a smartphone with a data connection and would like to share it with your tablet, you have a couple of options:
For iPhone/iPad (with a data connection) users
For Android users
It would be a good idea to use a password when setting up tethering to ensure that no one will be able to connect to your network without your permission.
If you are looking for more ways to get your Android tablet online or wondering how a tablet can help you, contact us today.
Published on 24th April 2013 by Jeanne DeWitt.