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Using a tablet as a dedicated hotspot

Feb 28, 2016 8:21AM PST

Hello everyone-

I have not found an answer to this question in my searches in this forum. I want to use a dedicated tablet as a hotspot for my home wifi. I would be tethering no more than 2 laptops at any 1 time and that would be for surfing only. I would be possibly streaming some movies to a chromecast device from slingtv. My question is whether or not the speed of the dedicated tablet matters?
For example, if I purchase a tablet that accepts 4g speeds, will this provide a smoother streaming experience than one of 3g? does it matter when tethering? I will be using tmo service provider if it makes a difference. and am deciding between an irulu tab (3g) and an alcatel tab(4g), both 7 inch. the irulu is os 4.1 and the alcatel is 5.1

Thx for any observations and input on how to do this efficiently.

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I may misunderstand this but
Feb 28, 2016 8:31AM PST

Wouldn't a 20 dollar router be a better solution as tablets so far don't have the design to be as good a hotspot as a 20 dollar router?

As to 4G, that's a clue maybe you have some cellular data plan. Those companies usually sell the 4G Hotspot that works much better and is supported. Your idea, while OK would have no support.

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thanks for the response, but I still have question
Feb 28, 2016 11:49AM PST

Hello and thanks for the response.

I'm probably not being clear. In order to access tmo binge on, I will be transferring to a 6gb plan. I don't anticipate using 6gb on a monthly basis and would like to use the balance of that data by tethering the laptops in the house to the device where this 6gb sim card is installed. (we have never used more than 3gb on a monthly basis in the huse)

My plan was to install this 6gb sim card into a tablet that would never leave the house and become the remote control for streaming the content to the chromecast. The excess data would be used when we tether our laptops.

My question was whether it impacted the quality of the streamed content if the device being used as the stay-at-home remote was 3g or 4g?

Is this clearer? If there is a simpler way, by all means let me know Thanks again for your patience.

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A little clearer
Feb 28, 2016 11:57AM PST

But a poor application of a tablet. Look around and you see folk don't do this for many reasons. I would not sell such a rig. I'd put the SIM into a cellular hotspot device.

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a little clearer
Feb 28, 2016 3:02PM PST

OK, that is where the sim is now. If I do this, is it just a matter of tethering the laptops when we need them? the signal seems weak in the hotspot. what I mean by this is that I connect laptops when I am upstairs. Is this just a matter of boosting the signal?

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My bet
Feb 28, 2016 9:03PM PST

Is that a hotspot on a tablet would be worse. Here I keep such a link at 20 feet from the cellular hotspot. Are you trying long distances?

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reframing the question
Feb 29, 2016 5:58AM PST

Hello again-

I spent last evening doing some more research. Maybe I should be reframing my question into this: Are there routers (wired or mobile) that can accept sim cards? This is what I am trying to do. I came to this discussion thinking of router as only being something that is used with broadband or dsl. I guess that isn't correct.

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Yes.
Feb 29, 2016 8:43AM PST
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this is getting clearer
Feb 29, 2016 1:27PM PST

thanks so much for the clarification and the site reference. I am looking at the following device.

http://www.cnet.com/products/novatel-mifi-liberate-at-t/

While the above device is considered mobile for my application, something that can be plugged in is just fine. Would my query for such a device simply be:

4g lte wireless modem sim card?

thx.

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I don't sell such things.
Feb 29, 2016 2:01PM PST

So at this point I must defer to the maker and seller.

Post was last edited on February 29, 2016 2:03 PM PST

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