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When using a smartphone as a hotspot, your device treats its online connection to the data network as if it were a broadband data source, giving you the ability to connect a variety of other devices, such as laptops or tablets, to the Internet. When you are working at a coffee shop, hotel, or other public location, as is increasingly common, this provides a more secure and private option than connecting to the establishment’s public Wi-Fi.
How efficient is a mobile hotspot?
Just because you are using a single device for a hotspot when working at various locations does not mean you will experience the same speed and efficiency everywhere you go.
“All four mobile data networks in the U.S. use 4G LTE equipment with fiber-optic data backbones,” Brian Nadel writes in an article for Computerworld.com. “The actual results depend on lots of factors, including how congested the internet is, how far you are from the closest cell tower and how many other people are using that cell site.”
In a Tuesday Tech Tip video, Curtis Hyde, sales and marketing director of Colorado Computer Support, breaks down three of the most common connections individuals experience when using their cellphone as a hotspot and the speeds that go along with them:
When you are using a mobile hotspot, you know exactly what network you are connected to, which makes it safer and more secure for the user. How efficient this connectivity is, however, depends greatly on the network, your geographical location, online traffic, and other factors.