How to Turn a Cell Phone Into a Wi-Fi Hotspot

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How to Turn a Cell Phone Into a Wi-Fi Hotspot
Use your cell phone as a Wi-Fi hot spot for your laptop. (travail organisé image by Jean-Michel POUGET from Fotolia.com)

Using the Internet to browse the Web makes all the difference when you have a fast Internet connection. The Internet allows you to access information quickly and efficiently, but there may be a time when you're on the go and don't have access to your home Internet or a Wi-Fi area and need to access the Web. Using your cell phone, you can access the Web on your computer by turning your phone into a Wi-Fi hot spot and connecting it to your computer.

Skill level:
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Instructions

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    Visit the PdaNet website and download the software onto your computer. The software allows you to connect your computer to your cell phone and use it as a Wi-Fi hot spot to access the Internet by connecting via Bluetooth. (See Resources for the link.)

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    Access the Bluetooth preferences on your Android device by selecting "Settings" and "Wireless and network." Select "Bluetooth settings" and "Bluetooth" so your Android device is discoverable. You will see a green check next to "Bluetooth." Access the Bluetooth settings on your computer to make it discoverable and select the option "Dial-up Networking (DUN)." Enter "123," if you are prompted to enter a dial-up number.

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    Access the Android Market on your cell phone and download the free app PdaNet. Once it has downloaded, you may view the app in the applications folder of your Android device. The app allows you to use your cell phone as a Wi-Fi hot spot for your computers.

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    Open the PdaNet app on your cell phone, click "Enable Bluetooth DUN," click "Yes" and follow the prompts to set up your phone as a Wi-Fi hot spot. This allows your Android device to be discoverable and connect to your computer via Bluetooth.

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    Open your Internet browser to access the Web. Your Internet connection will differ based on if you have an Edge or 3G connection available for your cell phone. Edge technology is similar to a dial-up connection whereas 3G is similar to a broadband connection. Your connection varies based on the signal strength in your area, and in areas where 3G is not available, you will receive service on Edge.

  1. 1

    Download the Blackberry Desktop driver to your computer. This allows your computer to use the software PdaNet to use your phone as a Wi-Fi hot spot. (See Resources for the Link.)

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    Click "Options" in your Blackberry, select "Bluetooth" and enable the Bluetooth feature. Click "Options," scroll down to where it says "Dial-Up Networking" and uncheck the box. Access the Bluetooth settings on your computer to make it discoverable and select the option "Dial-up Networking (DUN)." Enter "123," if you are prompted to enter a dial-up number.

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    Visit the June Fabrics website to download PdaNet to your Blackberry. It's required that your Blackberry have OS 4.6 installed, or later, for PdaNet to work and for it to be used as a Wi-Fi hot spot for your computer. Click "Run" once it has downloaded and then select "Enable Bluetooth DUN." (See Resources for the link.)

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    Open your Internet browser to access the Web. Your Internet connection is determined based on if you have an Edge or 3G connection on your cell phone.

  1. 1

    Click your Windows menu or "System Preferences" if you have a Mac to enable Bluetooth and make your computer discoverable to pair it with your iPhone.

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    Click "Internet Tethering" on your iPhone in "Settings" and follow the prompts to connect via Bluetooth. Once you connect via Bluetooth, the words "Now Discoverable" will display on the iPhone screen.

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    Click "Use Device as a Network Port" in your iPhone settings and select the option labelled "Add a new Bluetooth Device" on your computer. You can view this option under the Bluetooth settings of your computer.

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    Select the "Wireless iAP" option and follow the prompts until the pairing is complete. "Internet Tethering" will be displayed on the home screen of your iPhone once the pairing is complete.

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    Open your Internet browser to access the Web. Your Internet connection differs based on if you have an Edge or 3G connection available for your cell phone. Edge technology is similar to a dial-up connection, whereas 3G is similar to a broadband connection. Your connection varies based on the signal strength in your area, and in areas where 3G is not available, you will receive service on Edge.

Tips and warnings

  • If you don't have an unlimited data plan feature with your cell phone provider, it can be costly to use your cell phone as a Wi-Fi hot spot. Call your cell phone provider to determine the costs associated using your phone to access the Web on your computer.

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