Friday, 16 July 2010

Add WiFi Tethering to your mobile phone

My business now runs 100% in the Cloud. However sometimes if you are out of the office and not "connected" to the Internet this can be a major drama. Of course I can get my emails on my mobile phone via Google Mobile and I can read my Calendar and Documents but if you wish to do a little bit more and need your laptop to connect then there are some great tools to help.

While there are hotspots in many places now, often connecting is not an easy or a cheap task. Recently I was in Singapore however as I was not a local it was not easy to connect to the SingTel hotspots without having a local mobile number. In your hotel they often want US$25 so you can connect and if this is only for 10 minutes it seems expensive.

A great tool to make life easier is called Joiku. Joiku allows you to convert your mobile phone to a secure WiFi wireless router. There are a couple of versions available, Lite is free and JoikuSpot Premium comes with connection securing with a password, full internet and email protocol support, VPN, and no landing pages. The price was around US$12.

The idea is you start the Joiku software on your phone then search for hotspots from your notebook and you will see your phone showing as a normal access point. You make a secure connection and the phone bridges the traffic out to the internet via your 3G connection. The phone acts as a 3G modem and an Internet gateway.

A new release in beta also allows more than one phone to be grouped or clustered to increase the overall bandwidth available as an access point.

Give it ago. It works really well. Connect to the Cloud and your business applications from anywhere!

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