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How to Access the Internet from Anywhere Using an iPhone

When I am travelling and want to access the internet where there is no wi-fi, I use my iPhone’s built-in Personal Hotspot feature to connect my iPad or my laptop quickly and easily.

I have an iPad, iPhone 4S, a Toshiba laptop running XP Pro and an Asus netbook.  The steps below describe how to connect any of these using the Personal Hotspot feature.

Caution: Depending upon your mobile phone plan, it can be costly to connect to the Internet this way, especially for long periods or if downloading large files.  I only connect for brief periods and I avoid keeping the wi-fi connection open for long.  I have found this method of connecting especially useful at our cottage which happens to be in a wireless internet dead zone.  A satellite service is available but given our seasonal use, it is not worth the hefty monthly cost.

How to Connect an iPad via the iPhone

On my iPhone:

  • Setting
  • Personal Hotspot
  • Turn ON
  • Set a strong wi-fi password (the longer the better)
  • Done

On my iPad:

  • Settings
  • Wi-Fi
  • Turn ON
  • Check that “Ask to Join Networks is ON”
  • Select my iPhone
  • When the keyboard appears, type the wi-fi password created on the iPhone

 

While connected, the iPad displays a double loop symbol in the upper left corner.

How to Connect a Laptop, Netbook or other PC via the iPhone

Follow the steps above to turn on the Personal Hotspot feature on the iPhone.

On a Laptop, Netbook or other PC (running XP Pro but steps are similar in Windows 7):

  • Start
  • Connect to
  • Wireless Network Connection
  • Select the iPhone
  • Connect
  • Type the password twice
  • Connect

How to Disconnect

The quickest way to disconnect is to move the iPhone’s Personal Hotspot slide button to OFF.

 

Marc Matheny and I will share tips like this and more in “You Can Take it With You: Your Mobile Office” at this year’s ABA TECHSHOW to be held March 29-31 in Chicago.

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