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Difference between USB Tethering and Mobile Hotspot

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  • Last Updated : 01 Jul, 2022
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Tethering is the process of sharing mobile internet connection with the connected computer using Bluetooth or USB cable. On basis of this, tethering is classified as:

  • USB Tethering
  • Bluetooth Tethering

1. USB Tethering : 

When the mobile internet connection is shared with connected computer using a physical cable like USB then it called USB Tethering. It is used for the high speed connection sharing between mobile devices and connected computer systems. 

2. Mobile Hotspot : 

When the mobile internet is shared with connected computer via wireless LAN (Wi-Fi), then it is called Mobile Hotspot. It is used for a short term connection between mobile devices and computer systems. 

Difference between USB Tethering and Mobile Hotspot :

S. No.USB TETHERINGMOBILE HOTSPOT
1.It is an internet sharing connection established via USB cable.It is an internet-sharing connection established using WLAN.
2.The internet speed obtained in the connected computer is faster.While the internet speed is a little slow using hotspot.
3.It requires a mobile device and a USB cable.While it requires only a mobile device.
4.It is a wired connection.While it is a wireless connection.
5.It does not require mobile devices with hotspot.For this, hotspot is compulsory in mobile devices.
6.It does not harm the battery life of mobile.It harms the battery life of mobile.
7.It is used if the connection is established for a long time.It is used for a short-term connection.
8.It has a predefined range i.e. length of the USB cable.It has a variable range but is limited.
9.The computer does not need to have Wi-Fi functionality.The computer needs to have Wi-Fi functionality.
10.Tethering is not compatible with numerous device connections.It is simple to connect several devices at once.
11.It consumes less data than hotspots and hence is more efficient. Comparatively more data is consumed in mobile hotspots than in tethering.
12.A fast connection is necessary for tethering.Medium- to high-speed internet connections are needed for hotspots.
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