Many of the venues I play bar poker in have free WiFi, but some don't. When I'm out of the game I like to surf the web, or while running a tournament update the points or get an online email going. Without access to Wifi, I can't do it.
Tethering is the process of connecting your cellphone to your laptop to allow for internet access from the phone. It's a way of hacking into things for some people. For others, it's a seldom known feature of the phone. For instance, on Boost mobile unlimited internet access is included in the flat monthly fee of $50. Once tethered, you can have unlimited internet for your laptop.
I should say that with Boost, it's an IDEN network and you have a theoretical limit of 19.2K for speed. Cable modems tend to be around 3,000K. It won't let you stream movies, but will allow for checking email in Eudora or running a telent session with PuTTY I will of course have to give online poker a go with it..
All I had to do was find the correct driver file and install it on my laptop. Or, maybe not. Apparently tethering is a more or less built in feature of a bluetooth adapter for your laptop. So I went to Best Buy and bought a Bluetooth adpater. For five dollars more I got the low profile version. Around $35.
Arriving a bit early for Thursday lunch at Tommy's Place, I eagerly opened my package and why was I surprised to find a CD with the driver. My netbook computer does not have a CD reader in it. So after lunch I went to the RocketFish website and downloaded the install package. A few minutes later I was connected to the internet via my cellphone. It works.
I'm looking forward to trying it out when I am at a venue without WiFi. Or maybe when I'm in Atlantic City and don't want to pay $12/day for Internet access.