We have plenty of ways to connected the internet these days. Some of the methods to access the internet include mobile hotspots and tethering. For Digi users with the INFINITE postpaid plan, they can enjoy 20GB worth of tethering!
While tethering and hotspots may seem similar, they have slight differences between each other. Do you know how to tell them apart?
Hotspots provide access to the internet to devices such as smartphones and computers. You can find them in public locations, and they usually extend to around 30 meters from the hotspot device. Routers, smartphones, and computers can act as Wi-Fi hotspots as well.
It’s known as tethering when you share internet connection between devices. You can tether through different ways such as Bluetooth, wireless LAN or a physical USB cables.
There’s no doubt that tethering is safer than using a hotspot as you connect to the internet with a cable. Hotspots aren’t that secured and can be intercepted with packet sniffers. People can still monitor your online traffic when you connect to a hotspot that requires a password. Your login credentials and credit card numbers are also not safe when using hotspots.
You may need to pay more for tethering because you have to pay for each kilobyte of data transferred over the cellular network. It isn’t recommended to use tethering if you use the internet frequently as it could rack up a hefty bill.
On the other hand, hotspots aren’t as pricey as tethering. As long as you pay a monthly service fee to the internet service provider, you can use as much data as you want. Alternatively, you can pay for the data you wish to and refill if necessary.
Tethering or hotspot, which is better? Some people prefer tethering over a mobile hotspot as you don’t need to carry another device, but hotspots are generally a cheaper option. It all depends on your preferences and your needs