If you are interested in getting an iPad gifted with 3G/4G connectivity and Wi-Fi you should carefully choose the carrier, especially if tethering the iPad is an option that you would like to have available. I’m warning you, because if you are interested in getting a new iPad from Verizon or AT&T, the two major US carriers that make this tablet available, you will discover that only one of the two carriers includes the price of iPad tethering in the monthly data plan price that it asks. If you don’t know it yet, I can tell you that the only one offering this option is Verizon.
Now that you know what carrier to choose if you are interested in tethering the iPad you’re willing to buy, let’s see why tethering can be so useful. Well, Wi-Fi hotspots are available worldwide in millions of locations but there are still situations in which it can be pretty tricky to locate fast an Internet connection that can help you send a piece of data directly from your laptop. In such situations, being able to share the iPad’s 3G/4G capabilities with the laptop in question is definitely a blessing. Setting up an iPad as personal hotspot or tethering it is not complicated at all and doesn’t lead to heart stopping bills as long as you make sure that your carrier is ok with you tethering your tablet.
The first step that you will have to complete involves taping the Settings icon that you will find on the home screen of your tablet. That icon leads to the display of a window that allows you to browse the General tab and locate the Network section that you are supposed to access next. The section mentioned will determine the display of an overwhelming number of options from which you are supposed to choose the Personal Hotspot listing and tap on it. Then, you will have to toggle the switch displayed to ON and select the type of sharing that you would like to use. The general recommendation is to go with the Wi-Fi option because it’s compatible with more devices and ensures faster speeds. What you should also do is enter a password that will keep the Wi-Fi network supported by your iPad accessible only to authorized persons.
What’s left to do is locate the compatible device that you want to connect to your tethered iPad and have it look for the Wi-Fi network that you have just created. Usually the name of the network is the same with the iPad name that is displayed within iTunes. After you choose the right network you will have to also enter the password established to gain access.
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