How to Use an iPad 3G to Connect a Laptop to the Internet

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How to Use an iPad 3G to Connect a Laptop to the Internet
The iPad uses the same operating system as the iPod touch. (Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

The iPad 2 comes with the most recent version of iOS, which includes a feature called "Personal Hotspot." Available for 3G devices, this utility allows you to turn your iPad into a hot spot for your Wi-Fi-enabled devices. In order to use this service, you will need a 3G data plan and be able to connect to the 3G network in your current location.

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Things you need

  • 3G data plan

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  1. 1

    Go to "Settings," "General" and "Network" to view your iPad's network settings.

  2. 2

    Tap the "Personal Hotspot" option, which should be the third option, below "Data Roaming."

  3. 3

    Slide the button to "On," and select a password for your personal hot spot connection. Plug your iPad into your computer to share the connection via USB (and also alleviate draining your iPad battery), or connect via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. You will be prompted as to whether you want to turn on Bluetooth.

  4. 4

    Select the personal hot spot on your laptop's network settings, if you're not sharing the connection via USB. Enter the password for the network to access the connection.

  5. 5

    Turn off the Personal Hotspot on the settings page when you're done using the connection.

Tips and warnings

  • You will not be able to access the Internet on your iPad while other computers are using the Personal Hotspot feature.
  • Keep in mind any data limits on your 3G plan; if you surpass the bandwidth of your data plan you may be charged overages per MB or GB, depending on your provider.

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