Create a Mobile Hotspot with Your Droid Bionic

You and your Droid Bionic can get on the Internet anywhere you receive a digital cellular signal. But pity the poor laptop that sits there, unconnected, seething with jealousy.

Well, laptop, be jealous no more! You can easily share your Droid Bionic’s digital cellular signal in one of two ways. The first is to create a mobile hotspot, which allows any Wi-Fi–enabled gizmo to access the Internet through your phone. The second is a direct connection between your phone and another device, which is a concept called tethering.

You can direct the Droid Bionic to share its cellular data network connection with as many as eight other devices. These devices connect wirelessly with your phone, accessing a shared 4G LTE or 3G network. The process is referred to as creating a mobile, wireless hotspot.

Even though it all sounds good, an extra fee may be involved in creating the mobile hotspot. Don’t worry: You’re warned about the fee before you set things up.

To set up a mobile hotspot with your Droid Bionic, follow these steps:

  1. Turn off the Wi-Fi radio.

    There’s no point in creating a Wi-Fi hotspot when one is already available.

  2. From the App Menu, open the Mobile Hotspot icon.

    You may see text describing the process. If so, dismiss the text.

  3. Touch the box to place a green check mark by Mobile Wi-Fi Hotspot.

    A warning message appears, recommending that you plug your Droid Bionic into a power source because the mobile hotspot feature sucks down a lot of battery juice.

  4. Touch the OK button to dismiss the warning.

  5. If you’re prompted, accept the terms and conditions to subscribe to the service that gives your Droid Bionic mobile hotspot abilities.

  6. Name your mobile hotspot and change the password, if you so desire.

    If you’ve not yet set up a mobile hotspot, you need to supply some information, such as the name of your hotspot and the password. You can change the name and password provided or just keep them as is.

    Make a note of the password. You need it to log in to the mobile hotspot.

  7. Touch the OK button or the Save button to save your settings and start the hotspot.

    You’re done.

When the mobile hotspot is active, you see the Hotspot Active notification icon appear, as shown here. You can then access the hotspot by using any computer or mobile device that has Wi-Fi capabilities.

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To turn off the mobile hotspot, open the Mobile Hotspot app and remove the green check mark.

  • The range for the mobile hotspot is about 30 feet, and it gets shorter when items such as walls and elephants are standing in the way.

  • Data usage fees apply when you use the mobile hotspot, and they’re on top of the fee your cellular provider may charge for the basic service. Those fees can add up quickly.

  • Don’t forget to turn off the mobile hotspot when you’re done using it.

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