Many of you may have purchased tablets a while ago or even recently but at the time you may not have thought you will need a permanent Internet connection regardless of where you are with your tablet.
Most tablets on the market have Wi-Fi connection available that allows Internet access, which means you will need to connect it to a router that emits internet signal.
This router is installed at home and provides wireless internet throughout the house. When we use the tablet outdoors we can only connect to the internet where there are free Wi-Fi connections available- meaning public locations which have a router installed and emit free internet for their customers.
But if you travel often or go places where we do not have a free internet location (such as a hotel, parking lot, etc.), then how can we use our tablet which only has Wi-Fi connection but not 3G data (mobile internet)?
Of course we think of purchasing, if possible a tablet with a 3G connection which can be: with an integrated SIM slot (meaning we can insert in the tablet a normal phone card on which we have credit for internet access) or with 3G Internet modem support (which means it supports attaching an external modem in the form of a USB memory, which has the same data traffic card and can be obtained from the Internet service providers with a subscription).
If we are satisfied with our tablet or we do not have the means to acquire a new one you will find below some tips to connect a tablet to 3G or 4G mobile Internet services (where available).
The first option.
If we own a smartphone we can use the mobile Internet on our phone and allow the tablet to access the Internet by means of the HotSpot feature (or Internet Thetering). In the smartphone’s Android operating menu, Windows Phone or iOS activate Settings/Share Internet connection or portable HotSpot or Wi-Fi.
By enabling this option the phone will turn into an Internet transmitter so we will be able to connect our tablet to it like on any other Wi-Fi network. Of course there is a drawback, namely that the phone’s battery will be exhausted quickly while using this feature.
The second available option for mobile internet Wi-Fi access on a tablet is a portable router, with a 3G or SIM port.
These portable routers perform the same functions as fixed routers, the only difference is that they are smaller in size and have a charger included which ensures sufficient autonomy.
Portable routers support 3G mobile Internet modems or some of them even have a SIM card slot for Internet.
Having reduced size we can put it in our pocket or in our car, we turn it on and access any internet website or chat with friends by connecting our tablet to a portable router. As for its disadvantages we need to mention that it is rather pricy for such a portable router but comparing it to the acquisition of a new tablet I think it is worth every penny.
As a last option for accessing mobile internet on a tablet with Wi-Fi, we have the portable HotSpot.
It is a small and portable device provided with a mobile internet subscription by service providers. It emits a signal on a certain internet coverage area and has an integrated battery with great autonomy.
It is usually offered free of charge and provides a slightly better autonomy (a few more hours than the usual portable routers) and a very good, stable Internet speed especially on the 4G network.
Having a subscription for a longer period of time is the only downside, but the stability and the speed of the internet as well as the price which is close to zero in the case of more expensive subscriptions make the hotspot a good alternative to the above solutions.
After all, we need as many megabytes as we can available when access Facebook, download songs, or when we watch HD videos on Youtube in our travels, right?
These are the available solutions for use on a Wi-Fi tablet without 3G connection wherever we are and at any time of day (in our travels, walks, or in any location we need to access the Internet).