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Tethered cell phone: how does it work?

Dear FMCA Computer Geeks:

I am very interested in learning how to get Internet in our motor coach. We take three trips a year, so we're thinking the "tethered" cell phone connection may be the best for us.

Please explain the setup.

Faye Guidry

Faye,
 
We agree completely that a tethered cell phone is a great way for you to connect to the Internet on occasional road trips. You’ll only pay the data fees for the time you use it. 

You need to have the right kind of phone (check with your cellular service provider) and the right service plan.  Then you need to get the cable and the software that connects your cell phone to the computer and initiates the connection.

The easiest way to explain how to connect to the Internet with a tethered cell phone, is to show you. Here's a video:

 

Also, see our Internet by Data Card article for more options on how to connect using your cell phone service.

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