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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 




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

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




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  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.

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  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.




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  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? 




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  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. 

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  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

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