How to turn your mobile into an Internet access point and take full advantage of 5G
Using the smartphone as an Internet access point for other mobile devices or even personal computers is good practice to provide a connection to others when we do not have a Wi-Fi wireless network or access to a wired fiber or ADSL network.
And did the smartphone become a miniature computer, increasingly large and powerful, and with extraordinary versatility for many tasks. Considering the fact that we always carry them with us, that most of them have a permanent connection to cellular internet, and that the new 5G broadband networks are spreading strongly all over the planet, sharing your connection is a method that we can use in various circumstances. And it is very easy to do as we will remind you in this practical article.
Mobile as an Internet access point
Public Wi-Fi wireless networks can be found in many places, but they often have range, performance, and most importantly security issues. Very insecure by defaultWe cannot rely on them except in case of emergency or harmless navigation. What if we’re on vacation or working from home and our fiber goes down, where do we connect then?
Towards the cellular connection once the mobile has been converted into an access point. A more efficient and safer method, although it is advisable to prevent that not all service operators allow it and in order to use it we need to have a good amount of data, preferably an unlimited data connection from which now with the performance of 5G we can get great benefits and in some cases avoid contracting additional services such as fixed internet for the home.
Also note that most smartphones cannot connect to Wi-Fi networks in hotspot mode as they will use their antennas to allow other devices to connect. And if autonomy is a problem, keep in mind that in this mode your terminal will consume a lot more battery.
Ultimately, if you pay per use or your data rate is very low, forget about this article (except in an emergency) because the consumption is high, especially if you are dedicated to high speed tasks like streaming, P2P or large file downloads.
How to create a Wi-Fi hotspot
After having recalled the previous warnings to be taken into account (in particular the amount of available data that you have), it must be said that using this function of Hotspot it is extremely simple. The management varies according to the manufacturer of your terminal, but it will not be very different from what is done from a Samsung Galaxy S with Android which we take as an example:
- Go to the general “Configuration” or “Settings” tool and find the “Connections” section. Depending on the terminal, the Android version or the manufacturer’s user interface, you may find it under a different name.
- Go to the “Shared Connection and Modem” section.
- Activate and click on “Shared connection”.
- Change the name of the connection that other devices see as you wish, for example “Hotspot ™”. Enter the access password, as long and strong as possible.
From here you can share your smartphone’s internet connection. Simply connect from the desired device or PC to the Wi-Fi network by selecting the access point and password created.
As advanced functions for increase security, you can use the “Hide device” function so that no one can see that it is active. If you want to add even more security, you can only enable devices that you specifically allow to connect. This is done in the settings for Connection Sharing based on MAC Address Filtering, a unique encoded original identifier, which we have looked at in other how-to articles on router configuration.
Another shared connection option on Android is even simpler than the previous one, even if it’s not that powerful (Up to 10 computers can be connected wirelessly to an access point) and this also requires a physical connection between the smartphone and the device we are going to connect to. For the example, we connect a Samsung smartphone to a PC with Windows 10 with its corresponding drivers enabled and the connection between them made correctly.
- If we go to the configuration page> Shared configuration and Mobile modem, we will see that the possibility of sharing has been added via “USB modem”.
- It is simply activated to see that the Windows PC adds new connection possibilities, both a new network using the mobile data of the smartphone or its connection.
- This type of connection is ideal when you want to provide connectivity to a single specific device. Besides being a very simple function to activate, the best thing is that you can use the terminal’s Wi-Fi connection and not just its data rate. It can be managed to control the connection from
Similar to the previous one, but in this case wireless wireless. In this way, you can share your phone’s internet connection by connecting it to another device using Bluetooth standard. From there, the connection is made by pairing devices. If the device has been connected before, you can reconnect it whenever you need to in the list of redirected devices.
An interesting function that of transforming the mobile into an Internet access point to share the connection, which we can use for emergencies if we do not have a good mobile rate and for more powerful uses if we have a lot of data to spend. The lucky ones who have unlimited mobile data speed and with 5G, will be able to extract the full potential of this feature and potentially do without other types of fixed or mobile internet services.