Tech Tip: Mobile Hotspots

Whether you’re working remotely, catching up on the news, or chatting with friends over social media, internet connection is essential and sometimes hard to get. One way to access the internet when out and about is through a mobile hotspot.

What is a mobile hotspot?
A mobile hotspot is a device that is able to create a wireless signal for other devices. It works by taking a connection and turning it into a wi-fi signal.

Why use a mobile hotspot?
Rather than trying to find wi-fi at a hotel, coffee shop, or restaurant, a mobile hotspot fits in your pocket and can be used wherever you go—traveling, at the park or beach, on your commute, and more. You can connect most devices to it, like phones, laptops, tablets, or game consoles, and hotspots typically have a long battery life.

Hotspots have come in handy for us at the Chamber when hosting events. If we have a mixer or presentation at a location without internet, we can set up a hotspot to play our music or livestream the event.

Can your phone be a hotspot?
Most smartphones have the capability to turn into a hotspot for other devices. For example, you can use the data from your phone to provide wi-fi for your laptop. Each phone is different and we suggest searching online on how to set yours up. If you don’t see the option on your phone, you most likely need to contact your carrier to add it to your phone plan.

Where else can I find a hotspot?
Mobile hotspots are also available to purchase as a separate device from carriers, like Verizon or T-Mobile, or other technology stores. Typically, it includes a monthly plan, just like data for your phone.

The Oil Region Library Association (ORLA) also has hotspots for rent at all three locations (Oil City, Franklin, and Cooperstown) for $1/day or $5/week. They are 4G LTE capable and will hold a mobile data connection anywhere a cell data connection is possible. Patrons should call their local ORLA branch to reserve one.

Mobile hotspots can help you be connected, no matter where you are.

This article was published in the Venango Chamber’s September 2021 VenangoWorks! Newsletter.

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