Tablet Tips: Use your iPad as a Wi-Fi hotspot

May 21, 2012

There’s no denying that Apple has another hit on their hands with the third generation iPad. By now, most of you are aware of the fact that the latest iteration of the tablet is fast, capable and boasts an absolutely gorgeous retina display, but were you aware that the LTE version of the new iPad can, in some cases, be set up and used as a wireless hotspot? The third generation iPad is capable of providing a wireless internet connection for up to five devices at a time, and depending on which carrier provides your data package, you may be able to access this functionality at for no additional cost outside of what you’re already paying for your iPad’s cellular connection. While the ability to turn your iPad into a hotspot might not seem like something you’d want to do on a regular basis, being able to stream data to and from a laptop, internet connected scanner or even one of your colleague’s tablets could make all the difference in completing a mission critical task.

The gadget-minded crew of Gotta Be Mobile have put together a concise tutorial detailing the steps required for Verizon wireless subscribers to turn their third generation iPad into a hotspot with nothing more than a few taps and swipes. As easy as it is to do, you may want to take the time to consider whether doing so is in your best financial interest: Many users of the new iPad have been complaining about how quickly their tablet’s 4G LTE connection consumes data. To that end, you might want to stop by Mac|Life to read Executive Editor Susie Och’s breakdown of how long it takes to burn through 3GB of LTE data with nothing more than a few downloads and a bit of media streaming.

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