June 4, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka
Sprint is so confident that users will love the ability to turn their phone into a Wi-Fi hotspot, it’s willing to tack on what’s practically an entirely new data plan – $29.99 in addition to the $39 users already must pay to get unlimited data on the EVO.
Is the Hotspot worth the price? That’s up to the individual and largely depends on your network. While I was pleased to get reliable speeds of 1.4 Mbps, it’s important to remind everyone that data speeds in their local market can vary on 3G, and only a few people in Sprint’s base have access to a 4G network.
With that said, let’s take a look at how to set-up the Hotspot. More impressions in the video below.
1) Launch the “Sprint Hotspot” application
2) Click the button at the top next to “Sprint Mobile Hotspot”
3) Rename the router to something easy you will remember
4) Change the password. By default, it’s set to “1234567890,” something that’s too easy to guess.
5) Connect to the Hotspot. Go on your laptop, tablet, phone, etc. and load the Wi-Fi settings. Browse to your network name (in the above example “EVO Drew”) and enter in the password. You are now connected.
For additional security options, click the “Manage Users” tab. This allows you to monitor and control who is able to log-on. Select the “Allowed users only” tab to turn on device-by-device approval. If you notice someone piggy-backing on your connection, select their PC/phone and select “Block.”
You can also limit the amount of connections able to access the hotspot, 2 to 8 max, in order to maintain faster speeds.