Holidays are approaching… Here is a privileged moment to recharge your batteries, but one that you don’t want to spend as a hermit. Even in their place of holiday, summer visitors find it increasingly difficult to imagine themselves far from any Internet connection solution. In this article, we give you all the tips and tricks you need to keep surfing, with your toes fanning out…
Use your mobile’s connection sharing
If you probably already use your data to surf the Internet from your smartphone, you may not have thought of doing the same for your computer or tablet.
But most current mobile subscriptions now allow connection sharing. All you have to do is activate the specific setting for this in the “Settings” menu on your phone.
Your mobile phone then becomes a real Wifi router and transmits the 3G/4G signal it receives to all your devices. This is a real advantage for continuing to enjoy free Internet access whenever you are away from an urban centre or public square.
However, this type of functionality also has the disadvantage of drawing on your terminal’s battery. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that you turn off connection sharing after each use.
Operators are also increasingly offering a second prepaid Sim card like those available at https://www.simoptions.com for instance, for installation in a router as an option. This card allows the subscriber to share the data envelope included in his mobile package, without having to activate connection sharing.
3G/4G key subscriptions
If your connection envelope is calculated as accurately as possible for daily use, you may very quickly run out of data when you have to add additional devices, such as your computer, during your holidays.
To avoid encroaching on your mobile package, most operators offer 3G/4G mobile Internet subscriptions. You will be given a prepaid SIM card, intended for data use only, to be placed in return in a router that will act as an Internet Box.
Note that Free is the only one of the four operators to remain absent in this type of market.
Surf between wifi hotspots and public wifi
In hotels, restaurants, public places or shopping malls, it is increasingly common to find public wifi areas reserved for visitors or customers of the places in question.
From the setup menu of your device, select the name of the wifi point concerned and enter its connection password, if necessary, provided by the professional.
The main disadvantage of public wifi, however, is that it limits its geographical coverage. No need to hope to connect to it from your tent or your holiday home.
To remedy this, operators have gradually developed community wifi. The Boxes of the various customers are transformed into Wifi relay points, not only for the holder of the subscription but also for all the subscribers of the provider.
Free, SFR and Orange for example thus claim nearly four million wireless access points, slightly fewer for Bouygues Télécom (1 million). In practical terms, a small part of the bandwidth of each router can be used by all of the operator’s customers.
To connect to one of these hotspots, you need to enter your own subscriber IDs and access codes. However, this practical solution is not always effective depending on the distance of the router and the configuration of the premises (thickness of the walls).