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Put yourself in a (hot)spot

We guide you on having always-on connectivity wherever you go, armed with your smartphone in a non-Wi-Fi zone.

The Internet has ushered in an era of always-on connectivity for all of us. From the time we wake up to the time we sleep, we are always clued in to what the world is saying or doing. But this needs a good Internet plan that offers high speeds and network.

Today, many people are choosing to work from coffee shops and other public places, using the mobile hotspots set up there.

What is a mobile hotspot?

A mobile hotspot is a wireless Internet access point for your laptop, tab or smartphone. The hotspot provides Internet access when you are out of doors and away from your usual dongle or broadband connection. Most public places in India (and a growing number) have mobile hotspots in railway stations, airports, cafes, pubs, upscale restaurants, and the like.

The hotspot makes it possible for you to be online while you are still in its range. Once you leave its range, your device cannot connect to the Internet using that particular hotspot.

Create your own hotspot

However, there are various security concerns about connecting your digital devices to public mobile hotspots. These concerns increase manifold if the hotspot is an open access one – i.e. one in which you can connect by simply clicking on ‘Accept and Connect’. Open public hotspots are meant for use by everybody, and therein lies the problem – even hackers and phishers can be on it. It is quite easy to hack into devices streaming over an open public hotspot.

Suppose you are in a public place and you need to urgently work on your laptop. You can use your phone to gain access to the Internet. This is the safest and best option – and when your phone is backed by a good Internet plan, you can surf and complete assignments from wherever you may be.

This is how you can set up your mobile hotspot:

  • Ensure that your current Internet plan has enough data on it to allow a lot of surfing and data transmission. We recommend getting a good postpaidInternet plan from a provider like Airtel. Airtel Internet plans offer large amounts of data, data rollover, high transmission speeds and always-on connectivity.
  • Access ‘Settings’ on your smartphone
  • Under this, you can see a section titled ‘Wireless & Networks’
  • Click on ‘More’
  • Under ‘More’, you can find ‘Tethering & Portable hotspot’
  • You can now find ‘Portable hotspot’ on the screen. Click on ‘Set up Wi-Fi Hotspot’ to prepare your connection
  • You will see the ‘Network Name’ which is the brand name of your phone. Next, you will see ‘Password’. Most phones come with pre-determined passwords, but you can set your own to enhance security. Create your password and hit ‘Save’

Now your mobile hotspot is set up and ready for use. See if you can set it up to become inactive in a few minutes if no device is connected to it. This saves data and keeps the connection secure.

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