Nothing’s more frustrating than losing your internet connection while you’re trying to ring up a customer transaction or edit an important document. Since there’s no telling how long you’ll be without service, and you’re no techie, you instantly go into panic mode.
Take a deep breath and check out the Forbes website for 25 Ways to Continue Working When You Lose Your Internet Connection. Our personal favorite? Using your smartphone as a mobile hotspot.
Many of you have asked us if cloud-based software (like our integrated POS system) will still work if your internet goes down. Well, you’ll be happy to know that if you have a smartphone handy, you’ve got a backup internet connection!
While cell phone plans differ, many allow you to create an internet connection for several mobile devices. It just takes a few steps to setup a secure Wi-Fi network for your mobile devices to join, and you don’t even need a USB cable.
Check with your carrier about hotspot provisions included in your plan’s coverage (you can typically view the terms and conditions of your plan online). Some carriers, for example, restrict the use of iPhones as Wi-Fi hotspots and may charge additional fees or limit your internet data. You’ll also want to make sure you don’t exceed your plan’s data allowance. If your coverage only offers limited data, you’ll need to use your Wi-Fi hotspot sparingly.
If you have an android phone and you’re a hotspot newbie, head on over to the dummies website and review their article on How to Create a Mobile Hotspot with an Android Phone. For users of iPhones, you’ll find Wi-Fi hotspot tethering instructions on apple.com. Own a Blackberry? Enterprise Software will guide you through the steps of setting up and managing a mobile hotspot connection on the 10 OS and OS Version 7.1 and earlier.
You can also go directly to your carrier’s website for the information you need to setup a mobile hotspot on your individual device. For your convenience, here are the links for the main mobile carriers and their hotspot setup pages:
If you’ve ever been in a situation where you lose your internet connection—or you can’t even get one—you know how exasperating it can be. Fortunately, you most likely carry around a quick and easy solution in your pocket. So if you’ve got a smartphone, fire up your device’s built-in WI-FI hotspot and start working where you need to…when you want to!