AT&T Wireless Broadband

Why Do I Need Wireless Broadband? What is a portable WiFi hotspot? Can’t I Just Tether My Phone?

Today’s business is conducted on the go. Teams are increasingly exploring remote working options. Engineers need to be on site to direct contractors and suppliers. Sales, services and support teams often travel to customer sites. Marketing teams generate leads at trade shows and conferences. Small businesses need an affordable, flexible connectivity solution. Pop-up stores open up new markets on the fly. Impromptu meetings pop up in the local coffee shop. All need fast, reliable and secure Internet connectivity wherever business takes them.

A common belief that all internet connections are safe and reliable is not the case. Should employees just log on to a guest network, connect to public WiFi or tether off someone’s personal phone? Not a good idea, and we will tell you the best, most reliable options for your company.

It may seem like there’s always a way to connect, but each of these options have their downsides and risks. For ultimate flexibility and reliability, your business can bring high-speed wireless network to employees, with the AT&T high speed wireless data network.

In this guide, you will learn:

  1. What is AT&T Wireless Broadband?
  2. What is phone tethering?
  3. What are portable WiFi hotspot devices?
  4. How is wireless broadband delivered through a portable WiFi hotspot device better than phone tethering?
  5. How does wireless broadband complement my other Internet services?

What is AT&T Wireless Broadband?

AT&T Wireless Broadband provides the fastest wireless Internet for today’s mobile workforce—up to 50 Mbps in selected coverage areas. Wireless broadband services are delivered through the AT&T wireless broadband network directly to a business mobile device or through a portable WiFi hotspot device (small, fully-mobile hubs that generate a WiFi signal to connect up to 20 devices at once to our high-speed data network). The service will be forward-compatible with 5G when it is available in your area, making wireless broadband ideal for organizations that want to be ready today for tomorrow’s digital revolution.

What is phone tethering?

Phone tethering allows a business to share an Internet connection from an employee’s phone to their laptop, tablet, or other device through WiFi, Bluetooth or or a USB cable. This provides convenient access to the internet for the secondary device, with an optional plan add-on. Tethering via cables can be cumbersome and difficult to implement, while tethering via a wireless option can quickly consume a phone’s battery.

What are portable WiFi hotspot devices?

A portable hotspot device allows a company to connect multiple laptops and mobile devices to the Internet wherever business-needs arise. The device is connected directly to the AT&T wireless broadband network and acts as a portable access point that connects a business team to the web-based tools and information.

What are some advantages of mobile hotspots over tethering for businesses that need mobile internet connectivity?

Portable WiFi hotspot devices are single purpose devices that are designed specifically to connect a group of people to the Internet when and where it’s needed. The devices have are small and portable, pack a big antenna for optimal reception and a large battery for long life. Phones, on the other hand, are multi-purpose devices that have features and functionality which may distract from the core mission of connectivity - delivering wireless broadband services. Phone tethering could work in a pinch, but portable WiFi hotspot devices are designed to best connect businesses to the Internet. Most importantly, wireless broadband delivered through a portable WiFi hotspot device provides faster, more reliable connections with higher data limits due to prioritized network access on the AT&T wireless broadband network.

How does wireless broadband interact with other business Internet services?

AT&T Wireless Broadband is often used as a complement to AT&T Business Internet or AT&T Fixed Wireless—allowing businesses to take their high-speed Internet services on the go. Wireless broadband can also be used as a backup or failover Internet connection in case wired connections are lost or overloaded, or added as a second network for visitors, customers or separate business units.

The bottom line

  • Phone tethering and wireless broadband are both good options for sharing Internet connections with your workforce. Each one has its ideal business cases.
  • Tethering may be ideal when business demands a simple connection through a single device.
  • AT&T wireless broadband delivered through a portable WiFi hotspot device ensures fast, reliable and secure Internet connections for your company — allowing teams to work productively wherever business take them.
8Mbps LTE Data Wireless Broadband
Includes 10GB AT&T Dynamic Traffic Management, great for light data traffic.
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12Mbps LTE Data Wireless Broadband
Includes 10GB AT&T Dynamic Traffic Management, designed for business critical traffic.
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50Mbps LTE Data Wireless Broadband
Includes 30GB AT&T Dynamic Traffic Management. Reqs. 5G Evolution coverage.
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Speeds are not guaranteed up to the stated number, and subject to network availability. AT&T Dynamic Traffic Management enables qualified customers to prioritize their business-critical applications on the AT&T owned domestic 4G LTE network. AT&T may slow speeds after 50GB of data usage of the 8Mbps plan, 75GB of data usage of the 12Mbps plan, and 125GB of data usage of the 50Mbps plan. Eligible for $5 AutoPay discount. AutoPay discount starts in 1 to 2 bill cycles. 50Mbps speed tier requires a 5G Evolution capable wireless router with a Category 18 or higher modem and corresponding coverage.