What’s the difference between Wi-Fi and tethering?

My phone has Wi-Fi, but it can also do Wi-Fi tethering. What does that mean? I’m confused!

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JanSt / MOD  Mar. 13, 2011 at 13:33

WiFi is - simply put - wireless datatransfer. Your phone having WiFi means you can use wifi hotspots to access the internet instead of using the networks wireless internet. You can also 'join' wireles computer networks for file transfer etc etc...
Tethering means your phone can serve as a wifi hotspot. Other devices that have WiFi can thereby use your phone's internet connection. So, in case your home broadband is out of order, you can connect your laptop to your phone. Tethering is also possible with a USB cable (saves battery) or bluetooth (slower than WiFi)


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