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29 March 2011

HTC Dezier Z and Wi-Fi Hotspot

Your own Wi-Fi Hotspot with HTC Desire Z


If you are like us, you probably surf the net frequently. When we are out camping, not all campgrounds have Wi-Fi.  And if they do, often  the reception is less then good. This creates a problem if you want to stay in touch. Well, we might have solved that problem for ourselves.


What is a Wi-Fi Hotspot?

A Wi-Fi Hotspot is a place where you can hook up your computer, wireless printer, camera, cell phone and more. Like when you go to your local coffee shop, and they have free Internet, that means they have a Wi-Fi Hotspot. Check out Wikipedia for more details.


HTC Desire Z

As you probably know, I love all the technical gadgets that are available out there. I bought myself a new cell phone last November and it is the HTC Desire Z. This is by far the best phone I  ever purchased, and I have owned many of them. Check out the video overview.


As usual, I did months of research before buying.  What set this phone apart from the competition out there, it has the capability of setting up your own Wi-Fi Hotspot. When activated, I can hook up 8 wireless devices to my phone with download speeds up to 14 Mbps.


We just had the kids up here on Cortes for spring break, and we had 5 laptops running off my phone acting as a Hotspot.


Wi-Fi Hotspot set-up

Do not be intimidated by all the technical terms, setting up the Wi-Fi Hotspot is easy and will  only take you a few minutes to do so. With just a few clicks on the touch screen, you will be ready to name your Wi-Fi Hotspot (for example we call ours "WDC Hotspot"). You then create a password that any user allowed to access the hotspot will have to enter initially in order to access the Wi-Fi connection. In subsequent times it will hook up automatically.


Saving Money With Your Wi-Fi Hotspot

Most of the time I have had a data plan for my phone and likewise did my wife Liz. With the HTC Desire Z we can get away with only one data plan. If Liz wishes to access the internet with her phone, we just turn on my Wi-Fi. The second phone must have Wi-Fi capability.


Also, at our cottage on Cortes, we no longer need an Internet account, we just use the phone for our Internet access.


If you plan on doing a lot of RV'ing, the HTC Desire Z might just be the solution for your Internet access, plus you have a good phone.


HTC Desire Z Features

This phone is loaded with everything you could possibly need. One of the nicest features, besides the Wi-Fi Hotspot, is the slide out keyboard. Even with my big fingers, typing is a breeze. There are loads of apps that can be downloaded from the Android Market and many other places.




If you have any questions about the phone or it's functions as a Wi-Fi Hotspot, just contact us.


Cheers,


Anders and Liz

2 comments:

  1. Hi Anders & Liz - great info on the Desire Z. I am almost buying it but I have 1 Q. The english manual says that the phone will only work with 2 hotspot devices but you say up to 8. Does your manual say this, are you running extra apps? Thanks for your help and have a great next camping trip. John

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  2. Hi John,
    Thanks for the comment and your question. 8 devices is correct. See http://www.bell.ca/shopping/en_CA_ON.HTC-Desire-Z/70785.details;GEMSESSIONID=KrpdN2rQxJtT89wT5bFGl0MwhX8LDybpZN0n9WgZ3w1jLvlrfnT4!-1921315414 , I have had up to 6 devices hooked up. I use Bell as a provider so it might depend on who you are using?

    It is hands down the best phone I have had. The only drawback if you can call it that, is that when you have the wi-fi hotspot active it uses up the battery power fairly fast, but I just have my phone plugged in.

    Just get one, you will not be disapointed.

    Cheers, Anders

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