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The Best Way to Tether Your iPhone or iPad via Personal Hotspot

04/29/2016

The Best Way to Tether Your iPhone or iPad via Personal Hotspot

When it comes to getting data on the road, Apple have provided a myriad of options in both their iPad and iPhone products. Not only can they connect directly, but if you want to throw a laptop or non-SIM capable iPad (etc) into the mix you can do that too, using Personal Hotspot to run your device as a router. But with 3 different ways to connect to Personal Hotspot, which way is the best for YOU??

 

1. USB Tethering

Pros:

  • It’s eeeeeeeasy – plug a USB cable into your laptop and stick the other end into your iPhone or iPad (SIM capable) and off you go
  • It provides the fastest upload/download speeds of any of the tethering methods
  • It’s the most power efficient option for the phone being used as a router – BUT it will drain your laptop battery as the phone charges off the USB port

 

Cons:

  • Can only tether one device at a time
  • Can only connect laptop/PC via this interface, can’t tether an iPad to an iPhone for example

 

 

2. Wi-Fi Tethering

Pros:

  • Slower than USB, but faster than Bluetooth
  • Can connect multiple devices
  • Wi-Fi offers better range than Bluetooth

 

Cons:

  • Consumes the most phone battery of all the options
  • Connection can be very unstable (especially on old models) and requires manual reconnection every time it drops or you go out of range

 

 

3. Bluetooth Tethering

Pros:

  • No time limit to tether, stays connected unless you move out of range
  • Super quick to complete the tether

 

Cons:

  • Can only connect one device
  • Almost 10x slower download/upload than Wi-Fi tethering and less range too

 

 

So, really it comes down to personal preference, needs at the time, and tools available (eg cables). What’s your preferred method?

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