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Are "wifi-tethering" and "wifi-hotspot" redundant?

Are there other forms of tethering or hotspots available for Android?

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I would argue that these are all distinct things.

I agree and disagree with Bryan's answer that "wifi-tether" can be dealt with by using separate tags [wifi] and [tether] which will work in a tag search but I disagree becuase it wouldn't work as a click tag (which is how I usually use them, clicking on a tag to get a list of the relevant posts). I think that since wifi-tether is a distinctly different thing than usb-tether and bluetooth-tether that it deserves it's own tag.

Also, wifi-hotspot is a distinctly different thing than tethering. All wifi-hotspots allow wifi-tether(ing) but not all wifi-tether(ing) constitutes a wifi-hotspot. Running your phone as a wifi-hotspot is a specific function that turns it into a wireless router allowing you to connect several devices through it.

I think there should be separate tags for:

  • tether (for general topics regarding connecting your laptop to the internet via your phone. It would encompass all the following tags...)
  • wifi-tether (referring to connecting your laptop to the intenet via your phone, connecting to the phone through wifi)
  • bluetooth-tether (referring to connecting your laptop to the intenet via your phone, connecting to the phone through bluethooth)
  • usb-tether (referring to connecting your laptop to the intenet via your phone, connecting to the phone through usb)
  • wifi-hotspot (referring to using your phone as a wireless access point for other devices. Possible synonyms: wifi-access-point, wifi-ap)
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Well, you can tether via USB or bluetooth. But with separate [wifi] (or [usb] or [bluetooth]) and [tether] tags, that should get the point across

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