Tethering and Wi-Fi hotspots

Tethering or setting up a hotspot lets you share your internet connection to other devices. You could share to, for example, your laptop, game console or another phone or tablet to your smartphone to access the internet. The way you connect will depend on your phone or tablet's capabilities and the capabilities of the devices you're tethering, but you'll be using  You'll be using meith:Tethering image

  • USB
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth

How is sharing my mobile connection charged?

On both prepaid and monthly billed accounts, data used by tethered devices is charged as normal data usage. If you tether regularly, you might find your data allowance gets used up pretty quickly, especially when you've got multiple devices tethered or are using data-heavy applications like on-line gaming or video streaming. You can add more data to your account if you need it:

How to tether or set up a hotspot

There are instructions for a wide range of phones, modems, and tables in our interactive user guides. Just find your device and search for 'tether' or 'hotspot'. To make things a bit easier, we’ve got the steps to set up a hotspot on some of the more common devices below:

 

Apple iPhone (iOS version 5 and above)

Step 1

If this is the first time you've used a Personal Hotspot on your phone, you'll need to switch it on by tapping 'General', 'Cellular', 'Personal Hotspot' and switching it to 'On'. Then, you’ll see 'Personal Hotspot' in the settings menu.

Step 2

From the home screen, select 'Settings'.

Step 3

Select 'Personal Hotspot'.

Step 4

Set your Personal Hotspot to 'On'.

Step 5

Once it's active, you can choose a password for your Personal Hotspot by selecting 'Wi-Fi Password'. We highly recommend you set-up a password to protect your Personal Hotspot from unauthorised access.

Step 6

Pick a password that is a minimum of 8 characters, then select 'Done'.

Deactivation

To turn off your hotspot, follow steps 1 to 3 above, changing the setting to 'Off'.

Android (version 2.3 and above)

Step 1

From the home screen, select 'Settings'.

Step 2

  • Android 2.3+ - Select 'Wireless & networks'
  • Android 4.0+ - Select 'More...' under 'Wireless and networks'

Step 3

Select 'Tethering and portable hotspot'.

Step 4

Tick the 'Portable Wi-Fi Hotspot' box or toggle the switch to turn it on.

Step 5

Once it's active, select 'Portable Wi-Fi hotspot settings' followed by 'Configure Wi-Fi hotspot'.

Step 6

Choose a unique name for your hotspot in the 'Network SSID' field.

Step 7

Select a password with a minimum of 8 characters and then select 'Save'.

Deactivation

To turn hotspot off, follow steps 1 to 3 above, and untick the 'Portable Wi-Fi Hotspot' box or toggle the switch to off.

Windows Phone (version 7.5 and above)

Step 1

From the home screen, select 'Settings'.

Step 2

Select 'Internet Sharing'.

Step 3

Toggle sharing 'On'.

Step 4

Once it's on, the screen will show the Wi-Fi Hotspot name and password. If you want to change these, tap ‘setup’.

Deactivation

To turn hotspot off, follow steps 1 to 3 above, and toggle sharing to ‘Off’.

 

Is mobile broadband a better option for you?

For frequent users, a better option may be to use a mobile broadband modem, like the Pocket WiFi or USB modem. It'll give you a dedicated Wi-Fi or USB connection. They're available as a monthly billed plan or on prepaid:

 

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