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what is wifi tethering and hot spot?

Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by minzer, Aug 15, 2010.

  1. minzer

    minzer Member
    Thread Starter

    idk what those 2 things are, it looks useful but i dont understand what is used for and how.

    can someone please tell me about these 2 features?

  2. Demache

    Demache Android Expert

    Wifi tethering and hotspot are different in my mind.

    Wifi tethering is for using a phone connected to another device (usually a laptop) via Wifi, to use the phone as a 3G internet modem for internet access anywhere you have a signal. Its quite useful if your in the car, or in an area where you don't have conventional landline internet access.

    A hotspot is an area in which the public can use their wifi enabled device to access the internet.
  3. PhoenixFx

    PhoenixFx Well-Known Member

    A simple google search will tell you all you need to know, but I'll give brief description to start you off

    Wi-Fi tethering means connecting your phone to a laptop (or another Wi-Fi capable device) over Wi-Fi to use the 3G internet connection of your phone. In other words turning your phone into a Wireless router and use it's built in 3G data service to browse internet from another device.

    A wi-fi hotspot is basically a Wireless router. The term hotspot is usually used for public Wireless access points.

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