Daily Archives: January 4, 2022

Home Internet “playing up”?

If your home broadband isn’t working properly at the moment (whether via a cable or via wi fi, there is an alternative.

Have you considered using the mobile data allowance provided by your mobile phone supplier each month?

Depending on the company and the plan you have chosen, you may have from 2GB to 500GB each month which you are currently using only when away from your home.

Some of this can be made available to your home laptop – or even a desktop PC which has Wi-fi capability set up, using a feature called Mobile Tethering (as shown in the picture above which is of my phone’s menu).

Once setup, any device can connect to your phone as a Hotspot (instead of your faulty Home Broadband) for a period of time.

Of course, there are 2 vital factors to keep in mind:-

1. If your mobile phone uses the same network as your home (eg Virgin), it may be no better. You would need a spare phone with a SIM card from another network (I use Vodafone but found O2 coverage good too, but everywhere has ‘blackspots”).

2. Unless you have Unlimited data, you will need to monitor your data usage while watching online videos, running Windows updates or downloading apps. Or you could ask your provder for a temporary increase in allowance?

A spare handset with a PAYG SIM with a generous data allowance for 1 month will probably be less stressful.

If you are not sure which network gives a good signal in your home or office, SIM catds can be bought for just 99p in many shops and test incoming calls will hardly cost anything.