Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.
Buying anything on Amazon? Please use the Geekzone Amazon aff link.




455 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 28


Topic # 99242 15-Mar-2012 09:18 Send private message

I'm shortly getting an iPhone. From time to time I plan to use it as a personal hotspot with my laptop. (I'm going to be cautious about burning through my data)

The laptop has Bluetooth and wifi b/g.

Which is faster?
Which is easier? (I don't mind if it's fiddly to set up for the first time, as long as I don't have to dick around every time I want to use it.)
Which uses the most battery power from the phone?
Which is better security?
Is there anything else I need to think about?

Cheers,

Martin 




TV: Sony Bravia KDL324000. Freeview|HD
PC: ASUS P8P67 Pro B3, intel i5, 8Gb RAM, 120Gb SSD, Win 7
HTPC: Antec NSK2480B case, AMD A4-5300 CPU, Asus F2A85-M LE mobo, WD Caviar Green 64Mb 2TB HDD, HD Homerun, Win7 Home Premium, RAM 1600Mhz 4Gb.
Laptop: Sony VAIO VGN-CS16G
iPad 2

Create new topic
BDFL
50189 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 4743

Administrator
Trusted
Geekzone
Subscriber

  Reply # 595473 15-Mar-2012 09:18 Send private message

WiFi is supported. WiFi will always be faster than Bluetooth.




2252 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 232

Subscriber

  Reply # 595487 15-Mar-2012 10:01 Send private message

+1 for WiFi. Very Easy, after you have entered the WPA password the first time, every time you turn on Personal Hotspot on the phone the laptop will conenct to it.

300 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 13

Trusted

  Reply # 595638 15-Mar-2012 15:02 Send private message

Hi - another option would be to also use the USB docking cable to share your data connection. Possibly faster than WiFi and it will help keep your phone charged as the hotspot function does tend to drain the battery.




Cheers,
Mike

iPhone photo/general blog - here




455 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 28


  Reply # 595642 15-Mar-2012 15:08 Send private message

That sounds cool.

So you plug the phone into the computer (it's a Vista Sony VAIO).

What happens next? 




TV: Sony Bravia KDL324000. Freeview|HD
PC: ASUS P8P67 Pro B3, intel i5, 8Gb RAM, 120Gb SSD, Win 7
HTPC: Antec NSK2480B case, AMD A4-5300 CPU, Asus F2A85-M LE mobo, WD Caviar Green 64Mb 2TB HDD, HD Homerun, Win7 Home Premium, RAM 1600Mhz 4Gb.
Laptop: Sony VAIO VGN-CS16G
iPad 2

Minimalist
4842 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 136

Moderator
Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 595843 15-Mar-2012 21:52 Send private message

turb: That sounds cool.

So you plug the phone into the computer (it's a Vista Sony VAIO).

What happens next? 


I think you have to have iTunes installed, turn on Personal Hotspot on the phone, that is all, internet is go. 

849 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 49


  Reply # 595867 15-Mar-2012 22:22 Send private message

Did this the other day with a win7 hp laptop, automatically installed drivers and just worked, when plugged in the usb and turned the hotspot feature on the iphone on.

Jon

Create new topic




Twitter »
Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





Trending now »

Hot discussions in our forums right now:

Netflix officialy launching in NZ in March
Created by jarj, last reply by tdgeek on 21-Nov-2014 19:08 (97 replies)
Pages... 5 6 7


Click Monday Deals
Created by mrtoken, last reply by Krishant007 on 24-Nov-2014 17:11 (25 replies)
Pages... 2


Gull Employment Dispute.
Created by networkn, last reply by theEd on 25-Nov-2014 10:19 (94 replies)
Pages... 5 6 7


Current Netflix payment method as of Nov 14 - Cant pay
Created by andynz, last reply by andynz on 25-Nov-2014 10:34 (32 replies)
Pages... 2 3


Voda VDSL, Horrid offnet performance.
Created by TimA, last reply by kawaii on 25-Nov-2014 08:19 (27 replies)
Pages... 2


The Warehouse pulling R18 games and DVD's
Created by semigeek, last reply by wasabi2k on 25-Nov-2014 10:35 (25 replies)
Pages... 2


SEO spammers
Created by freitasm, last reply by jamesrt on 24-Nov-2014 16:09 (25 replies)
Pages... 2


SSD hard drive in aging HTPC disappointingly slow
Created by watman, last reply by joker97 on 23-Nov-2014 22:02 (20 replies)
Pages... 2



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.

Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.