What is the best way to connect to a laptop when tethering?

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I often have to use my smartphone as a hotspot to tether my laptop when I’m out of the office. Is it better to tether via WiFi or Bluetooth?

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jimlynch
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Tether Your Phone Over Bluetooth For Less Battery Drain
http://lifehacker.com/5967128/tether-your-phone-over-bluetooth-for-less-...

"We've talked a lot about how to tether your smartphone's internet connection to your laptop, and you often have a choice between tethering over Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and USB. It turns out, there's a bigger difference between them than you might expect. "

ehtan
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I suggest a third choice that you didn’t mention - a USB connection. It’s going to about as fast as WiFi, and it is also going to keep your phone from discharging while being used as a hotspot. On the other hand, if you are on an unplugged laptop, it is going to be charging your phone from your laptop battery. As for WiFi or Bluetooth, I would go with WiFi is battery life was not a concern, due to faster throughput. However, if battery life is an issue, Bluetooth uses far less power to broadcast. 

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