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.




185 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 8


Topic # 224216 8-Nov-2017 01:38
Send private message quote this post

Okay a bit of a noob question. I have seen those vodem and wifi sticks that you plug into your laptop and get wifi/access to the internetz. I plan to go camping a bit and also end up visiting older friends who dont really have any wifi around. So I often pack my laptop with me where I go and all, not a big user of smart phones. I really rely on my laptop to check my emails and most things. So in such cases, whats the method you use to get one of them sticks or what have you?

 

 

 

I read on the right phones (android) you can turn it into a modem and use that to connect your laptop with and go online, saves buying a vodem every once a while? and whats the deal with the small usb sticks that allow internet without any land lines? I was reading up a bit but got confused.

 

 

 

Also what are some prepaid options that are not overpriced? Do all of them expire by the end of the month? or is there something where I can buy lets say x GB of Data, and take my wifi data stick with my laptop bag everywhere and connect and be online? data that lasts till I use it, much like prepaid mobile.

 

 

 

 

 

Needing some detailed info please. :)

 

 

 

 


Create new topic
128 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 46


  Reply # 1897254 8-Nov-2017 06:44
Send private message quote this post

Using your phone as a connection to the internet is called "tethering"

It's the most common practice for what you're trying to achieve.

2344 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 542

Subscriber

  Reply # 1897258 8-Nov-2017 07:14
Send private message quote this post

To use your phone for tethering, so that you can access the internet on your laptop via the phone's data connection: On your phone, go to 'wireless and networks' (or equivalent) in 'Settings'. Tap on 'tethering or portable hotspot' (or equivalent) then tap on 'Portable Wi-Fi hotspot' - then turn the hotspot on.

 

Then open 'Networks' on your laptop and you should see something like 'phone hotspot' - click on that and you're set to go. You may need to enter an auto-generated code on one or other device.


 
 
 
 


xpd

8358 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1102

Mod Emeritus
Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 1897309 8-Nov-2017 08:37
Send private message quote this post

Do you have an Android phone at the moment ? If yes, then easy, enable hotspot/tethering and top up your phone account some data and away you go.

 

If not, then could look at Vodafone Pocket Wifi unit - you throw a SIM into it with data topped up, and turn it on when you need it - you then connect to it using your laptop wifi. Great thing about these is that you can have multiple users quite happily.





XPD / Gavin / DemiseNZ

 

Maybe if we start telling people the brain is an app they will start using it.

 

This signature proudly stripped of anything interesting by a lack of imagination.


Banana?
4075 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 869

Subscriber

  Reply # 1897311 8-Nov-2017 08:41
Send private message quote this post

Just make sure you have plenty of Data on your phone plan if you are going to use tethering.

 

I'd suggest taking your laptop and your phone into a 2Degrees/Vodafone/Spark store (depending on who your provider is) and they will be able to show you and ensure you have enough data.

 

You laptop will chew up more data than your phone does.


1943 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 127

Trusted

  Reply # 1897864 8-Nov-2017 21:34
Send private message quote this post

Watch out that if you are "tethering" through your phone there could be heavy usage of mobile data, and your mobile plan might suddenly become quite expensive.





Qualified in business, certified in fibre, stuck in copper, have to keep going  ^_^



185 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 8


  Reply # 1897874 8-Nov-2017 22:02
Send private message quote this post

Alright, so I think i will buy a pocket wifi device like the vodafone device, I see few second hand ones on trademe, but are they locked to vodafone only or can I use this in europe as well by poping in a european sim?? What are some well priced devices I can buy instead that will work the same and I can travel the world with? And do they have some kind of wall charger?

 

Which NZ networks have the best data plans best suited for value and use ability? eg. I see some plans where you buy x gb of data but after 30 days if you haven't use it up, you cant use that data/data expires and you gotta buy again. That dont sound right. Is there something where I can buy it and use it and keep it for a year or something? Or maybe a plan where the data is cheap that it works out alright for a few GB's? I wont use it all the time just once a while?

 

 

 

I have a nokia phone that symbian belle, but plan to upgrade to a new nokia down the line next year. but dont thing tethering is for me yet.

 

 


1345 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 90

Subscriber

  Reply # 1897928 9-Nov-2017 06:28
Send private message quote this post

Hi

 

 

 

If you think about upgrading your phone, then this will have some cost synergies with not having to buy and maintain a second sim/plan/device to allow you to get online. 

 

Im sure a local 'store' will be happy for you to test out tethering instore. 

 

 

 

 


39 posts

Geek
+1 received by user: 3


  Reply # 1901376 15-Nov-2017 16:22
Send private message quote this post

Be sure to turn windows updates off or you'll go through a truckload of data.

2834 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1478

Subscriber

  Reply # 1902564 16-Nov-2017 09:27
One person supports this post
Send private message quote this post

woollettg: Be sure to turn windows updates off or you'll go through a truckload of data.

 

Setting the connection to be metered is a much better way of handling this. Disabling windows updates is just a terrible idea.





Information wants to be free. The Net interprets censorship as damage and routes around it.

 

Thinking about signing up to BigPipe? Get $20 credit with my referral link.


724 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 435


  Reply # 1903063 16-Nov-2017 23:09
Send private message quote this post

webwat:

 

Watch out that if you are "tethering" through your phone there could be heavy usage of mobile data, and your mobile plan might suddenly become quite expensive.

 

 

On Skinny if you run out of data you don't fall onto ridiculous expensive casual rates. It stops until YOU decide what you want to do.





"War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself."
- John Stuart Mill


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:





News »

UFB connections pass 460,000
Posted 11-Dec-2017 11:26


The Warehouse Group to adopt IBM Cloud to support digital transformation
Posted 11-Dec-2017 11:22


Dimension Data peeks into digital business 2018
Posted 11-Dec-2017 10:55


2018 Cyber Security Predictions
Posted 7-Dec-2017 14:55


Global Govtech Accelerator to drive public sector innovation in Wellington
Posted 7-Dec-2017 11:21


Stuff Pix media strategy a new direction
Posted 7-Dec-2017 09:37


Digital transformation is dead
Posted 7-Dec-2017 09:31


Fake news and cyber security
Posted 7-Dec-2017 09:27


Dimension Data New Zealand strengthens cybersecurity practice
Posted 5-Dec-2017 20:27


Epson NZ launches new Expression Premium Photo range
Posted 5-Dec-2017 20:26


Eventbrite and Twickets launch integration partnership in Australia and New Zealand
Posted 5-Dec-2017 20:23


New Fujifilm macro lens lands in New Zealand
Posted 5-Dec-2017 20:16


Cyber security not being taken seriously enough
Posted 5-Dec-2017 20:13


Sony commences Android 8.0 Oreo rollout in New Zealand
Posted 5-Dec-2017 20:08


Revera partners with Nyriad to deliver blockchain pilot to NZ Government
Posted 5-Dec-2017 20:01



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.