How To SHARE your Mobile Cell Phone Internet Connection

How To SHARE your Mobile Cell Phone Internet Connection



hi there my name's Vince from my mate Vince common in this video today I'm going to show you how you can share your mobile cell phone internet connection with others such as your laptops and PCs your tablet's other phones your iPods even your game consoles like your Xbox and Playstation fours or your Smart TVs with Wi-Fi basically most devices that need an internet connection you will be able to use the internet connection that you get with your mobile phone so how do we do this well there's three ways of doing it the first way is really simple it's using a USB tethering which is basically connecting the USB lead from this phone here into your PC or laptop the problem with that is is that you will only be able to connect up one device and also the device has to have a USB port for example if we no good if I wanted to connect up my iPod touch the next way which is really the best way of doing it is using your phone as a Wi-Fi hotspot so you turn this into like your wireless router and then all the other devices can connect to it via Wi-Fi and most devices nowadays do have Wi-Fi the last way which is not very good but it's better for battery life is using a Bluetooth connection the problems that is it doesn't seem to work on a huge amount of devices so on and get my iPod to work but I can't get my Windows 10 laptop or PC to work and I can't get this tablet down here to work try a Bluetooth so why would you want to do this well for me I use it as a backup so I work from home and normally I use my virgin media as my service provider so they provide the implement into the house I only use that all the time but maybe once every four months I might find that it might stop working for an hour or for half a day if there's a fault outside in which case then rather than sitting there not doing any work all I do is I tether my phone into my PC or my laptop and then I can carry on working so it's good to use if your internet ever goes down the other reason you might want to use it is for example if you were to go away on holiday and the hotel offers Wi-Fi but they might charge you for that Wi-Fi or even if it's free Wi-Fi you might find that the single signal in your room is really rubbish because you're so far away from the reception area or wherever the Wi-Fi is generated from so what you can do is for example if my daughter wants to upload something to musically or somebody wants to upload something to Facebook or just do some general browsing on the table then it doesn't matter if for example my wife's phone has a 500 megabyte plan because all she can do is tether into my phone so I use this as a Wi-Fi hotspot then she can just Wi-Fi into my phone the iPod can Wi-Fi into the phone because remember you can have numerous users when you're using this as a Wi-Fi hotspot and then everybody can share my data plan and that case then you don't have to pay for the hotel's Wi-Fi and you're not going to go over all your minutes here because as long as I keep this under twenty five gigabytes a month then it's going to be okay if I'm in a foreign country then I am going to have a roaming allowance so you need to check what your Roman allowance is I think I've got I think it's either two or four gigabytes Roman allowance so look into your plan and then you'll fully understand what you'll be able to get so first of all let's show you how to do the USB feathering this one is really simple as you can see at the moment my laptop is not connected to the Internet so if I go to refresh it says you are not connected the wall you've got to do is you've just got to check your charging cable that comes with your phone so that particular cable is a USB cable to a microUSB cable and it's really easy to do you just plug in the USB cable into the place where you normally charge your phone from and then the other side you plug in to a spare port spare USB port on your laptop because I'm a Taurus USB 2 or USB 3 and now we need to enable USB tethering from our actual phone itself so if you go to settings so you'll often find that under this icon here and then look around the place until you find where it says settings which is this one here and then underneath Wireless and networks we need to click more such as tap on more and then you'll see it would say tethering and portable hotspot so I'm going to tap on that and now it says USB tethering USB connected check to tether if this is blend out it means that you haven't got a USB connected so you will have to connect your USB first now what I'm going to do is put that over and now it would say USB tethering and it will say tethered ok so we're going to put that down to one side for the moment and then if we keep looking at this screen it can take about a minute to go through but eventually it will go through I can see that it's wearing away in the top right hand corner here and there we go has gone through now so now I'm connected to the internet via my mobile cellphone so I'm not connected to Wi-Fi or anything like that the laptop here is getting the Internet purely through my mobile cellphone which is using that cellular service outside so if you're for example if your phone this is dependent on how good your phone is at picking up the local signals so for example if you're going to get a 4G signal and a strong one this will be really really fast if you only get 3G signal or less than that then it's going to be slower the better your phone signal the better the faster the Internet is going to be but I am going to do a future video on the speed so I'm going to compare the speed between using USB tethering Wi-Fi hotspot and Bluetooth so that will be another video but if you have a look here if I go to the BBC website you can see that it is working and if I was to click on home BBC news there you go so you can see it's working pretty quick so that's how you do the USB tethering right okay so I'm going to unplug that now I'm going to untether it so I'm just going to hit this one here there we go and if I go to refresh here you should see now that I'm no longer connected there we go so I'm not connected again right next thing is going to be a Wi-Fi hotspot you so let's get rid of 15 USB lead we don't need that animal right just to mention you can do this on iOS as well it's called portable hotspot obviously you can't do it via an iPod because it hasn't got any cellular service it would have to be from an iPhone or an iPad with cellular service so let's search let's do the portable hotspot' now under these same settings again together in a portable hotspot' we need to turn on portable Wi-Fi hotspot' so just move that there and it takes a few seconds to actually go through there we go and if you have a look at the top now it's like you've got a little target symbol up here with the slice taken out of it so that's like your hotspot symbol and now we're going to set up the hotspot because we need to know what it's called and also what the password is so if you have a look here the network name is the SD 900 and the passwords blanked out you just tap this button here and then it will come up with the password now what we have to do is we have to go onto our laptop onto the Wi-Fi networks and we have to look for Vodafone WFD 900 and then we'll have to type in that password but that might be hard for you to remember so what I'm going to do is just to make it easy I'm going to change the password to test test test test and I'm going to leave at VSD 900 and I'm going to save that and now if I go to the sub Wi-Fi hotspot again you've also got the option to change the band so at the moment it's on 2.4 gigahertz but you can also do 5 gigahertz now if you're not sure if you're going to be connecting it to a load of different equipment leave it on 2.4 gigahertz because a lot of the old equipment like for example this phone here would not be compatible with 5 gigahertz but if you are really connecting it maybe to your xbox 1s your PlayStation 4 your Xbox one then that would be 5 gigahertz enabled so you could just leave on 5 gigahertz because it's a less busy Channel so there's a chance you will get better speed but because I'm going to be connecting it to numerous different devices I'm going to leave on the 2.4 gigahertz band right so I'm going to save that right ok so let's just turn it on make sure it's on again right so there we go it's all on and now that's ready to go so what we have to do now is we have to go onto our laptop and we have to go down to where it has the Wi-Fi symbol down here so you see the Wi-Fi symbol and I'm going to select click and then it's going to come up with the networks and if you have a look there can you see in the local networks in the area one of them is called VSD 900 this one here and that's the name of my phone again you can change that to something more memorable if you want I'm going to click on that and I'm going to connect and it's going to ask me for the networks of kooks security key where we just typed in test test so I've just typed in test test again and click Next this is do I want to be discoverable it's up to you whether you're going to be doing this a lot or whether it's just a one-off and there we go can you see that the websites come up and it says here the sb900 is connected and secured and if I was to click on a different page and the BBC website you can see that it's working and it seems to be working nice and fast as well and just to show you the same thing working from this iPod here if I go to settings and if I go to Wi-Fi at the moment it says not connected I'll click Wi-Fi and if I go to CSV 900 tap that it will ask me for the password I'm going to type in test test test test remember you will be typing in whatever password your phone is generated or whatever you've changed it to there we go and if you have a look at a symbol up the top now we have now got Wi-Fi so if I go to Safari if I go to Google you can see this pie pod has the internet as well so right now we're connected on this iPod and the laptop back to the phone now just to show you what it looks like on another device this is an older Android device if you go to settings and if you go to more and then go to tethering and portable hotspot if I turn on the Wi-Fi hotspot and then set up Wi-Fi hotspot it actually gives me other options so for example again you can change your network you can change your network SSID which is a network name you've got different types of security you've got your passwords show password and look on this one you can reset it and every time you reset it it will change the password also you can choose the amount of users you've got on this one so if you go down here it says maximum connections and if I tap here you can choose between 1 and 8 users so on this phone you can have up to 8 users I haven't found out how many users you can have on this mobile down here I'm not sure if it's unlimited or not I've read online some people say 5 some people say 10 obviously on this phone over here it says 8 but not many people are going to want more than 10 connections well ok so that's how to do the Wi-Fi side of it so let's turn that one off now and the last one we're going to do is Bluetooth tethering but what I'm going to do is this is going to be my Bluetooth tethering I'm going to go to settings and I'm going to go to bluetooth and I'm going to turn it on okay and now I'm going to turn on the Bluetooth on the mobile phone here so I'm going to go against the settings and I'm going to go to Bluetooth and I'm going to turn it on and now it's looking for nearby devices and has found the iPod so I'm going to touch the iPod and it should start to pair it will probably bring up a pairing code so that one says 40 30 907 and this one says 40 30 907 so I'm going to pair it here and I'm also going to pair it here and I see what exists so at the moment it looks like has gone through here but it still says not connected here so what I'm going to do now is I'm going to go to the Bluetooth tethering so I'm going to go back to wireless and networks press more go to tethering and portable hotspot and I'm going to turn on Bluetooth tethering and now I'm going to go back to here and I'm going to tap it where it says not connected and they'll see if it connects right and it says they're sharing this phones internet connection to one device and it says here the FD 900 connected so now we should be able to use the internet via bluetooth so if I go back to Safari and if I was to go to for example my mate Vince there we go my mate Vince let's go back to go to videos there and you can see that it is working on the internet now and if you have a look up top there's no Wi-Fi connection it's just bluetooth yeah and you can see it's working okay now bluetooth does seem to work slower than the other options but watch my next videos I'm going to be doing a speed test on the different ones and then we'll work out whether the USB tethering is the quickest or whether Bluetooth is the quickest or whether the Wi-Fi is the quickest so there are three different options to use it really is handy to have that backup because then when your internet goes down you can still use it especially maybe if you work in a small office if you run in a small business and there was just a few of you connected to the Internet rather than paying for all those people to sit there and do nothing all day just connect up your phone and then just let them all use the internet from your phone so what I did is because I only have 500 megabytes what I used to have a separate dongle as an emergency like a 3G dongle that I used to plug in to the PC that used to still give me the internet when my internet went down but that used to cost me more than just up in my contract to get 25 gigabytes on it so at the moment it's got unlimited minutes unlimited text and 25 gigabytes of data for I think it's 17 pound 50 a month which is very reasonable so look into your plan and then if you liked this video give it a thumbs up if it helped you out give it a thumbs up and please subscribe for more how-to videos take care bye now

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