On duty I often have to travel long distances to different cities and villages of our vast country. And here I am a modern man, spoiled the benefits of civilization, well, just desperately need to be online. The need for rapid response to incoming e-mails to the news from the messengers, read the actual posts in social networks, and, of course, to follow the news in the world of high technology. Many of the tasks today is really even better to run on the smartphone. But smartphone and tablet – it’s still the devices from which we consume content. The solution more or less creative tasks suggests the presence of more serious tools. In my case, laptop. And this laptop needs to be connected to the Internet.
Using a smartphone as a mobile hotspot — quite a common scenario in this situation. And Apple in this regard came up with your best option of interaction devices called Instant Hotspot. At the developer conference WWDC 2014, Craig Federighi proudly told opened his mouth in surprise to the public how wonderful will interact Maki running OS X 10.10 Yosemite and mobile gadgets on iOS 8.
For me, this innovation, too, was a joy. A very simple procedure. On my iPad I open the settings menu Wi-Fi and there among the access points already have my iPhone, I just need to tap your finger on the name of Apple smartphone, and a miracle occurs — no additional inclusions of the modem mode, any inputs of passwords, just a moment, and I’m ready to surf the world wide web on a tablet. Similarly, on MacBook. Just click on the WiFi icon in the menu bar of the desktop operating system and choose your iPhone. The idea is very good, but the implementation was not thought out to the end. The fact that the iPhone battery is operating in modem mode discharges faster than in normal use, and engineers from Cupertino began to look for ways to reduce such energy consumption.
Particularly acute is manifested in latest version of iOS 13. In addition to the new save data iPhone automatically closes the connection with the connected device, which for some time stops drawing traffic. During work I can download some image, to see the information that I need from a web page and continue typing in the editor, without resorting to the browser. iPhone at this time safely start to conserve battery power and now, turning once again to the browser I see that the laptop can not access the page due to the lack of Internet connection. In this regard, I have a completely logical question, why the smartphone is not provided by the paragraph authorizing me to dispose of the energy intensities. It is really inconvenient to apply each time to the browser and manually connect again wonderful Instant Hotspot.
The second unpleasant moment is the number of simultaneous connections to mobile hotspot devices. Nowhere on its website and in the official manuals Apple did not disclose this information. But experiments have shown that tethering to the iPhone simultaneously you can connect only four devices. And it does not matter, the device logo is a bitten Apple or some other. So, if I have unlimited mobile Internet on your smartphone, and with me going on a journey my whole family and some friends, to distribute the traffic I can only the first four lucky winners who managed to connect.
Another minus, it’s just infuriating trying to get Internet on the MacBook, which are not signed into the same iCloud account as on the iPhone or on another device such as a laptop PC on a Windows operating system.
Despite the inclusion of tethering, while iPhone is sleeping or is locked, it is not just seen as the access point into these devices. They so to say “non-native”, so to connect just will not work. However, it should unblock the iPhone as it will appear in the list of available connection points. In conjunction with the above-mentioned problem with spontaneous disabling of the device on which you’re working from Wi-Fi, additional manipulation on the Internet connection is incredibly annoying and reduce your performance.
And finally, about where to seek Apple with its notorious modem on the iPhone. When you stay in a hotel, they usually offer free or included in the room rate Wi-Fi. Usually such “cheap” the Internet has certain limitations. For example, when connecting to a free hotspot and not have to enter a password, but opens a pop-up browser window, and already there may be asked to enter some data and, as a rule, at the same time still enjoy watching advertising. But it happens more disappointment. As a rule, in recent years, many hotels impose a limit on the number of connected devices. For example, I can only connect my iPhone and wife’s iPhone. Our other device, iPad and MacBook, respectively, will remain offline.
Imagine my surprise when I saw how solves this question roommate who had a smartphone on Android. It turns out that there is a function Wi-Fi repeater. This is when connected to an access point, the gadget does not turned off no cellular data network or from the access point and also relays the received WiFi Internet to other devices by creating a virtual access point. In both! And iPhone can not do. He can distribute the WiFi only the Internet, received via a cellular data network. And iPad can not do and even the MacBook.