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iPad 2 as a personal hotspot

Discussion in 'iPad FAQ' started by iLed, Sep 1, 2011.

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    Can I use my iPad 2 to set up a personal wifi hotspot that my devices can connect through. For example, I have a 10gb 3G package on my iPad, and I'd like my laptop and iPod touch to connect through my iPad 2 to make use of this data too. If not via a personal hotspot, is it possible via Bluetooth, or for my laptop, as a tethered modem?
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    I'm afraid that a non-jail broken iPad cannot do any of these - it is not possible to set up the iPad as a WiFi hotspot or use Bluetooth to tether. If you jailbreak, then there are several apps available - such as MiWi and PDAnet - that can do this.

    Have a look in our Jail Breaking section for further details.

    Tim
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    Hi Tim,

    Thanks for prompt response. I'm not keen to jailbreak, so I'll have to go with out.

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    I have the same problem - I have a non JB iPad and I'm not keen to JB either!!

    Not clear why Apple did this as the iPhone4 can act as a WiFi hotspot - doesn't make sense to me why they should provide that capability on one and not on the other. But "ours is not to reason why"!

    Tim
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    Maybe your namesake, who has now taken the helm of Apple, will see the light :)
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    Indeed, there are not enough 'Tims' in the world.....:D

    Tim
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    Does anyone know if the sittuation changed with ios5 on ipad?
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    The iPad cannot be used as a hotspot. No.
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    In reverse, the iphone4 has a hotspot ability, but I can't get the ipad2 to hook up to it.

    I go network/WiFi on the pad, but nothing shows for the iPhone4 SSID.

    When attached to my computer via a lead the iPhone4 shows 1 hotspot, and it seem iCloud see's that as a new network connection - so what's going on?
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    I think Apple are trying to make the distinction between phones and iPads by not sharing the 3G connection on an iPad. It also bugs me I can't txt on an iPad too. It's not a phone but txting is just another form of communicating like email for me
    I did get my iPad to tether to my iPhone4 but it may be a restriction of the carrier
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    Once you have downloaded the IOS5, you can "Imessage" others using your ipad. I have family that uses Verizon and I have AT&T and I was able to Imessage them.
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    i use an app called text + it works like a charm.
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    Does 'text +' require a jailbreak?

    Did you get it for texting or tethering or what?


    Thanks!
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    no jailbreak needed. I got it to text.

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