Tech Tips (Mobile Hotspot Series #1): What is a mobile hotspot?

By Amy Hofmockel, Creative Technology Librarian

Don’t have an internet connection at home? Want to use your mobile devices—smartphones, laptops, and more—on the go without incurring data charges?

A mobile WiFi hotspot can be used to provide a strong, fast, and secure online connection for your mobile devices anywhere cellular services are available. So if your phone gets a signal, the hotspot does too!

Want to learn more about mobile hotspots, how to use them, and how to borrow a device from the library? Check out our FAQs below and contact us with questions. And check out the other posts in this three-part Tech Tips series:

Mobile WiFi hotspots FAQS

  1. What is a mobile hotspot?

A mobile hotspot is a small electronic device that is just a little bigger than a deck of cards (see diagram below). It receives cell signals the same way a cell phone does, then lets you link your laptop, smartphone, or other device that can connect to a WiFi network so that the device can access the internet. When you check out a mobile hotspot from the library, it comes in a zippered bag along with a power cord, adapter, and instruction card.

T-Mobile Mobile Hotspot
  1. Why do I want to borrow a mobile WiFi hotspot?

If you don’t have internet access at home, you may want a mobile hotspot so you can attend online classes, fill out job applications, or have a video call with someone. If you are traveling, you can use the mobile hotspot to have internet access anywhere you can get a cell phone signal, without using up your data on your own cell phone plan.

  1. How can I borrow a mobile hotspot?

Mobile hotspots can be picked up from our new secure lockers in the Main Library LobbyFollow these steps to get started with checking out a mobile hotspot »

More in the Mobile Hotspot Series

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Amy Hofmockel

About Amy

Amy is a creative technology librarian who always looks for ways to create those “ah-ha!” moments for digital learners. She enjoys writing, gadgets, and baking.

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