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How to use hotspot

What is a hotspot and how to find it

Un Hotspot is an Internet access point that allows users to connect to it, using the wireless connection of their devices. These hotspots can be divided into two macro categories: those public and those private. The difference between the two is basically based on whether their access is guaranteed to anyone or only to specific users.


For example, a hotspot installed in a square in your city can be considered public, regardless of whether or not a password is required to connect. On the other hand, a hotspot provisionally created via your smartphone is generally to be considered as private, as it is often used to provide Internet access to other devices in possession or to friends.


Having made this essential distinction, I inform you that there are several applications for smartphones and tablets that have the purpose of listing public hotspots present in the world. An example are Wifimap, available on the Android Play Store and the iOS App Store, or WifiMapper, also downloadable on Android and iOS.

In addition to these solutions, there are several web services that collect information on hotspots distributed on the national and international territory, with the possibility of also viewing any access code to connect to the network. An example are the platforms created by FON or by Wiman, which can be reached by connecting to their respective official websites. If you want to learn more about this topic, I suggest you read my guide on how to find a hotspot.


When you create a private hotspot with your mobile device, it relies on the data network of the SIM. Even with hotspots created on computers, the same principle can apply if Internet sticks with data SIM cards are used. For this reason, remember to check the traffic thresholds consumed from time to time, to avoid additional costs.


In addition, some telephony operators may foresee surcharges in the use of the tethering (although this is usually not the case). In this case, I recommend that you contact a telephone operator via Customer Service, to find out if you will have to face additional costs. In this regard, I suggest you read some of my guides, where I explain how to get in touch with some large telephone companies such as TIM, Vodafone, Wind and Tre.

How to use hotspot on Android

If you want create a hotspot su Android, via your smartphone or tablet, I advise you to consult the following lines, in which I will show you how to create a hotspot, even if there are restrictions imposed by the telephone company, and how to connect to the Wi-Fi network just created.

Create a hotspot

Smartphones, as well as tablets (only if they have a SIM slot) with an operating system Android, can be used for create a hotspot, accessible from any device. The procedure that I will show you in the next lines may vary depending on the model of the device you own. In this guide of mine, I will cover the steps to follow with the smartphone I use (Huawei Mate 10 Pro).

To do this, pick up the device and open the Settings of Android, by tapping on the icon with the symbol of a gear, located on the home screen. Then press on the wording Wireless and Networks and press on the items Tethering / Portable Hotspot > Portable Wi-Fi hotspot. Now move the lever from OFF a ON, corresponding to the item [Device Name] And that's it. It was easy, wasn't it?



Furthermore, you can configure the newly created network by changing the name of the hotspot or the password associated with it, by pressing on the item Configure Wi-Fi hotspot and interacting on the voices Network name e Password. Then confirm the changes by pressing the button Save. You can also limit the data traffic that the devices connected to the hotspot consume, by tapping on the wording Data limit and selecting one of the thresholds displayed on the screen.

If you want to share the internet connection via Bluetooth o USB, in the Android settings access the items Wireless and Networks > Tethering / Portable Hotspot and tap on the corresponding words Bluetooth sharing o USB sharing. Then connect, via Bluetooth or USB, the Android device to the one on which you want to share the Internet connection.

If your operator has surcharges when using the tethering, you can use the application ClockworkMod Tether, available for free on the Play Store. This app allows you to use your smartphone as a modem to share via USB, the connection on a computer.

To use this tool, you need to download the software as well Tether on your computer Windows, MacOS o Linux, via the download section of the official website. If you have a computer Windows, for example, just select the wording Windows to download the file TetherWindowsSetup.msi and carry out the installation procedure by pressing the buttons Next (three consecutive times), Yes, Install and finally clicking Close.


Now, also install the application on the Android smartphone, via the link I gave you, and press the buttons Install, Then Accept and finally, su apri. Then connect your smartphone to your computer and make sure you have activated the USB debugging and to own i driver for the recognition of the Android device; you can learn more by reading my guide on how to connect Android to PC.


Finally, start the app ClockworkMod Tether e premi sull 'usb icon in the center of the screen. Also launch the software Tether, premium pulsating Home and wait for the connection to be established.

Connect to a hotspot

If you want access a hotspot on Android, via your smartphone or tablet, the procedure you need to carry out is really simple. First, grab your device and log into Settings of Android, by tapping on the icon with the symbol of a gear, which you find on the home screen.

Now, tap on the items Wireless and Networks > Wi-Fi and move the lever from OFF a ON, near the wording Wi-Fi. From the list that appears below, in the section Networks available, find the hotspot you want to connect to. Then tap on it and type the access key in the field Password, then pressing the button Connect.

How to use hotspot on iOS

If you own a iPhone or iPad with data SIM, you can create a hotspot easily, right from the iOS settings. In the next few lines, I'll show you how create a hotspot on iOS, even if you want to bypass the restrictions on the use of tethering imposed by the carrier. I will also show you the steps to take to connect your Apple device to any hotspot.

Create a hotspot

If you want create a hotspot on an iPhone or iPad, you can do this in the blink of an eye by accessing the Settings of iOS, whose icon with the symbol of a gear is located on the home screen. In the settings menu, choose the item Personal hotspot and then move the lever from OFF a ON, in correspondence with the wording Personal hotspot.

In this way, a wireless access point will be created, on which you can customize the password, by pressing on the wording Wi-Fi Password. Now, any device with a Wi-Fi antenna can access the newly created hotspot, if it has the password you set. Alternatively, you can share your internet connection by connecting your iPhone or iPad to the device on which you want to use the internet, via Bluetooth o USB.

If you are aware of surcharges in using tethering with your carrier, you can use TetherMe, a tweak for Cydia available for a fee, at the cost of dollars 4,99. To use it, the jailbreak. In this regard, I suggest you read my guides on how to jailbreak iPhone and how to jailbreak iPad.

After downloading it from Cydia, open the Settings of iOS and locate the entry TetherMe. Tap on it and move the lever from OFF a ON at the item Override data source. At this point, follow the steps indicated in the lines above, to activate a hotspot on iOS.

Connect to a hotspot

connect to a hotspot with the iPhone or iPad, grab the device and tap the icon with the symbol of a gear (Settings), located on the home screen. Now press on the voice Wi-Fi and move the lever from OFF a ON, near the wording Wi-Fi.

From the list of networks you see below, choose the one corresponding to the hotspot you want to connect to and tap on it. On the next screen, type the Password associated with the hotspot and then press the button Log in. Wait a few seconds for the connection to be made.

How to use hotspot on Windows

On computers with an operating system Windows 10, you can create a hotspot if a Wi-Fi antenna is installed. Computers, which do not have this hardware component, cannot create a hotspot. In the next few lines, I will then show you how to activate this feature on Windows 10 and also how to connect to a hotspot, again via the computer.

Create a hotspot

The operation to be performed for create a hotspot on Windows 10 it's really that simple. First, start the Settings Windows via the key combination Windows + i or by clicking the button Home, located in the lower left corner, and pressing the icon with the symbol of a gear.

In the panel of Settings Windows, click on the entry Rete and Internet and then select the wording Mobile hotspot, from the left sidebar. Then move the lever from OFF a ON, which you find under the heading Mobile hotspot. This will immediately create a wireless access point, to which any device can connect.

If you want to change the name of the network or the password associated with it, click on the button Modification and change these values, using the text fields Network name e Network password. Then confirm your changes by clicking on the button Save.

Connect to a hotspot

If you want connect to a hotspot using your computer with Windows 10, fai clic sull 'network icon that you find at the bottom right of the taskbar, next to the Windows clock.

In the screen you see, locate the network you want to connect to and click on it. Then type your passkey in the text field Enter the network security key and then press the button NEXT, for the connection to the hotspot to be established.

How to use hotspot on macOS

If you own a Mac, you can enable a personal hotspot with just a few clicks. In the next few lines I will explain how to create an access point through your computer with macOS operating system and how to connect to it.

Create a hotspot

create a hotspot on Mac, you can use the sharing function, present in the computer settings. To do this, click on thean apple icon that you find in the upper left corner and, from the context menu, select the item System preference.

From the panel of Settings macOS, click the entry sharing and, in the new screen, locate the wording Internet sharing. Now, select the method you are connected to the internet (for example Ethernet) from the context menu that you find corresponding to the item Share your connection from.

Among the items you see in the box To the computers they use, choose the item Wi-Fi, so as to create a wireless hotspot. Now put a check mark on the item Internet sharing, from the left side panel, and then press the button starts, from the window that is shown to you on the screen.

Connect to a hotspot

If you want, instead, connect to a hotspot via your macOS computer, this takes just a few clicks. What you need to do is press onnetwork icon found at the top right of the menu bar.

Among the list of networks that is shown to you in the screen that opens, locate the name of the hotspot you want to connect to and click on it. In the window that opens, type the password associated with the Wi-Fi network and then press the button Log in. Then wait a few seconds for the connection to the hotspot to be made, so as to guarantee access to the Internet.

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