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Everything you need to know about mobile tethering

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Mobile Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi hotspots are becoming quite commonplace nowadays and most of you must have about the term Tethering. It basically refers to sharing internet access over multiple devices. We have actually heard the term ‘Wi-Fi Hotspot’ tossed around quite a bit. But most of us are quite clueless when it comes to this feature. 
 
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How does it work? Well, if your phone can act as a Wi-
Fi Hotspot, it basically means that your phone can act as a router for other devices. Basically, if you are using a 2G/3G connection on your phone you can actually let others use your connection too, via Wi-Fi. Other ways include USB tethering and Bluetooth tethering.




Most operating systems support mobile tethering whether it is Windows, Android (from Froyo onwards) or iOS (4.3 or higher). Some phones have been enabled to use this feature via rooting or jailbreaking. When it was in its nascent stages, mobile tethering was chargeable by networks but it has eventually become a free-for-all. 
 
The best thing about tethering is you can actually use your phone’s data connection for internet in case other things are not available. It is tethering that really helps one get the best of plans for unlimited browsing. 
 
While tethering is really a good piece of technology, it isn’t being used widely because of two reasons. Data speeds on mobiles are still despicable and secondly we are either too lazy or ignorant about it. But tethering is a really good thing for emergencies. One thing I would most probably use it for is if I need net on my other devices on those long metro rides. There is no internet connection even via data cards and it is only a phone that remains connected for long. 
 
One can easily go for those Rs.100 recharges that let you browse free for a month. 
 
There are also apps out there like Easy tether that can help you out with tethering.  

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