As a tech enthusiast, I am always looking to stay ahead of the curve when it comes to technology, and I am always eager to explore new ways that technology can be used to make the world a better place. The purpose of this blog is to compare USB Tethering vs. Hotspot and also will see which is better. So, keep reading
Let us first Understand the Technology Behind Tethering: What is It?
In tethering, devices are connected in order to share an Internet connection. Any device that is capable of connecting to the Internet can be used for this. Using a Bluetooth device or Wi-Fi connection is the most common way to tether. Some tethered gadgets can serve as full-featured routers, depending on the set-up complexity.
Hotspot: what is it?
A hotspot is a way to provide internet access to multiple devices, such as smartphones, tablets, and laptops, by creating a wireless network. When you connect to a hotspot, your device connects to the internet through the hotspot’s wireless network.
However, here’s a general guide on how to find and set up a hotspot on a smartphone:
- Go to the device’s settings menu.
- Look for the “Network & Internet” or “Connections” option.
- Select the “Hotspot & Tethering” option.
- Here you should find the option to turn on the hotspot feature.
- Configure the network settings, such as the network name (SSID) and password.
- Once the hotspot is on, other devices can connect to it by searching for available wireless networks on their device and selecting the hotspot network.
- Some smartphones may also have a “Mobile Hotspot” or “Portable Hotspot” option in the quick settings or notification panel, you can swipe down from the top of the screen to access it.
- Once connected, the other device should now be able to access the internet through the hotspot’s internet connection.
USB Tethering vs. Hotspot
- Data Speed– You can use USB Tethering to access the internet at about 10-14 Mbps by using the data plan of your mobile phone whereas the average hotspot offers around 600 Mbps internet speed.
- Security– Many security features are available with mobile hotspots. All guest users can be tracked and their settings configured using a private Wi-Fi network which is fully secure and cannot be tampered with. On the other side, USB tethering is insecure since it only offers weak encryption (WPA/WPA2) that can be intercepted by sniffers.
- Internet speed– With USB Tether, linked computers can access faster internet speeds. However, hotspots also face bandwidth limitations, and internet speeds are generally poor.
- Life of the battery– You’ll likely need to charge your phone frequently while USB tethering drains your battery. This problem does not exist with dedicated hotspots. Typically, its battery life exceeds that of a typical mobile phone.
- Gaming– For light gaming, a USB tethering connection should do the trick. It has acceptable latency for less demanding games and is a good fit for those who want to play offline. In contrast, for competitive gamers or groups of a few users, a dedicated hotspot is essential. With less than 10ms ping rates, it provides very low ping times.
- Duration– When it comes to setting up a long-term connection, USB tethering is the best choice, whereas mobile hotspots are only used when establishing a short-term connection
Mobile Hotspot or USB Tethering: which is better?
It completely depends on you. Tethering is useful if you need to send an email quickly, but the USB cord is preferable for most other uses. Mobile hotspots and tethering differ primarily in terms of their functions. Mobile hotspots can enable a constant 4G or 5G LTE connection, so you can play games online, watch Netflix, and do anything else you need. When it comes to sharing large data files, Hotspot is not a good option unless you want a fast connection. In spite of the fact that Hotspot was established as a wireless solution, it has not proven to be a good option ever since.
When the 5G mobile Internet speed is 1 Gbps, and the Hotspot is switched on. The other devices receiving Internet from the sourced device might not receive 1Gbps Internet speed, it may be around 600 Mbps. However, the maximum speed limit entirely depends on the source’s hotspot device.
Hotspots or Tethering: Which is safer?
Nowadays, hotspots are regarded as unreliable because of security concerns. The public hotspot poses more security risks. It is less harmless, however, to use a mobile hotspot. In order to keep your connection inaccessible, USB tethering is a better option.
Sharing internet connections is possible through tethering and hotspots. When tethering only one device and you need a fast and reliable method, USB tethering is preferred. Using hotspot will allow you to connect multiple devices. Battery consumption will also be higher and it will not be as fast as USB. However, the speed difference will not be noticeable if you have high-speed internet.