Wi-Fi bridge is a type of portable hotspot feature on Huawei smartphones that allows you to share your wireless connection with another phone, tablet, computer or some other device that supports the 802.11 b/g/n standard. It is equal to Samsung’s Wi-Fi Sharing. Keep reading and you will learn some curious facts about this feature.
How Wi-Fi Bridge Works
Wi-Fi Bridge creates a mobile hotspot but instead of sharing your mobile data connection it bridges your wireless connection to the hotspot you create on your Huawei smartphone. The main idea of it is that no cellular data is involved. If draw parallels with wireless routers, we can compare Wi-Fi bridge with the WISP-client mode.
What’s the Point in Using Wi-Fi Bridge?
The feature will be useful for you if:
- you need to extend Wi-Fi coverage (it is not equal to the range extender technology but nevertheless it can help in extending the spot);
- you don’t have or don’t want to waste your mobile data;
- you don’t want to expose the password from your AP (wireless security key);
- you don’t have time for setting up a guest network on your router;
- finally don’t know (or forgot) the password to the current Wi-Fi hotspot but your phone is already connected to it (how you can retrieve wireless security key from your Android device with no root needed).
How to Configure and Use Wi-Fi Bridge on Huawei
- go to Settings:
- tap on Wireless & Networks at the top.
- dive into Tethering & portable hotspot:
- select Wi-Fi Bridge:
- Here you should tap Set Wi-Fi Bridge to configure the hotspot:
- specify the name (SSID) and the password for your bridges connection:
- and finally activate the hotspot:
- now you can connect up to 4 devices to your new portable hotspot which is bridged to your home or work Wi-Fi AP:
Be noted that:
- Wi-Fi bridges consume quite a lot of battery power.
- You can connect up to 4 devices to your bridged hotspot connection.
- Wireless bridges can’t be used at the same time as Multi-screen, Huawei Share and Huawei Beam.
- It goes without saying that download and upload speed of your hotspot will be significantly lower compared to the upstream wireless network.
From this article you have learned about Wi-Fi bridge, that is a kind of a hotspot that means the same as Wi-Fi Sharing on Galaxy phones and can be resembles a WISP-client feature if compare to wireless routers.
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