Even if you don’t have a regular ISP, there are still ways to go online.
List of Methods;
1. Mobile Hotspot
The best way to make sure you have internet on your laptop at all times is to use a mobile hotspot.
Of course, there is an upfront cost of doing so—you will need to buy a hotspot device and subscribe to a mobile internet plan.
Quite a few companies offer mobile hotspots. As with any piece of technology, the price and quality vary dramatically.
There are three mobile hotspot models:
The Verizon Jetpack MiFi 8800L is the only model that uses Qualcomm’s X20 modem, meaning it can do five-carrier aggregation and supports 11 LTE bands. The hotspot typically enjoys a much better reception than smartphones and tablets.
The Nighthawk LTE Mobile Hotspot Router is the internet on-the-go for a laptop, it’s a great choice.
Under the hood, you will find a Qualcomm X16 modem that runs four spectrum channels. The device also shines when it comes to customization; unlike most hotspots, you can tweak a host of settings. They include port forwarding and filtering, options for UPnP, DLNA, and a DMZ, and dual-band 802.11ac support.
The hotspot is not so suitable for people who want to access the web while traveling.
2. Tether Your Smartphone or Tablet
If you don’t need regular mobile data and instead just need occasional access to the internet on your laptop, the fastest and easiest way to get online is often to tether your smartphone.
Tethering your smartphone or tablet does have two drawbacks. Firstly, you’re entirely dependent on the signal of your mobile phone carrier. That’s fine if you’re in a city, but less reliable if you’re out in the country. Secondly, laptops typically use much more data than smartphones, meaning you could be in for a nasty surprise when your next phone bill lands in your mailbox.
If you have an Android device, you can enable tethering by heading to Settings > Network and internet > Hotspot and Tethering, then slide the toggle next to Wi-Fi hotspot into the On position.
iOS users need to go to Settings > Personal Hotspot and slide the toggle.
On both Android and iOS, you should set a new username and password to protect the security of your hotspot.
3. Find Public Wi-Fi
Depending on where you find yourself when you need to get internet without a provider, you might be able to jump on a nearby public Wi-Fi network. Libraries, coffee shops, restaurants, and transport hubs often have networks you can join.
You can find nearby free Wi-Fi using apps like Wi-Fi Master Key on Android, and Wi-Fi Finder Connect on iOS.
Note: If you decide to join a public Wi-Fi network, make sure to take steps to ensure your security and privacy are both safe.
4. Wi-Fi USB Dongle
A Wi-Fi USB dongle, a.k.a., an “internet stick,” is a cheaper and more accessible version of mobile hotspots. Instead of committing to an expensive long-term mobile internet plan, you can insert a standard 3G or 4G SIM card and use its data connection.
Because internet sticks for laptops are lighter and smaller than mobile hotspots, they are better suited for people who need a web connection while traveling.
On the downside, don’t expect signal strength, Wi-Fi speed, or Wi-Fi range to be as good as when using a USB dongle as when using a hotspot device.