Android Guy Weekly: Why are Tethered Internet Connections More Fragile?


Have you ever noticed that your Internet connection isn’t as stable when you’re tethered to your smartphone as it is when you’re connected to a WAP or router connected to a cable? Why is that?

In this episode of the Android Guy Weekly we’ll cover:

  1. How cell towers keep you connected to one tower even though you may be within reach of another tower (and why that’s not necessarily a bad thing)
  2. How this is especially troublesome while you’re moving (like on a train or a bus)
  3. One way wireless providers could mitigate the whole “moving” problem (and why it will take a long time to implement)
  4. Some ways that cellular phones make these issues “transparent” to you (but only when you’re surfing on your cell phone, not when you’re tethered)
  5. Why all of these factors combined can make your experience on a tethered device (like a laptop or tablet) less than optimal
  6. One ridiculously simple way to help minimize your tethering woes

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Joe Levi
Joe graduated from Weber State University with two degrees in Information Systems and Technologies. He has carried mobile devices with him for more than a decade, including Apple's Newton, Microsoft's Handheld and Palm Sized PCs, and is Pocketnow's "Android Guy". By day you'll find Joe coding web pages, tweaking for SEO, and leveraging social media to spread the word. By night you'll probably find him writing technology and "prepping" articles, as well as shooting video. Read more about Joe Levi here.