Can I access internet from laptop via my cell phone?

I have a Lenovo T420 with Windows 7; LG cell phone. Is there any way to get wifi off my phone?  There is a wifi setting on my phone. But I'm not sure if this can be accessed by the laptop.

If this can't be done, is there a cell phone I can purchase that would do this?
RaiderNationDelegateAsked:
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Mitchell MilliganInformation Technology Network AdministratorCommented:
Set up mobile hotspot

To set up or configure a mobile hotspot over Wi-Fi, follow these steps:
1.From any Home screen, press the Menu key.
2.Tap Settings.
3.Tap Wireless & networks.
4.Tap Tethering & portable hotspot.
5.Tap Portable Wi-fi hotspot to turn on Wi-Fi sharing.
6.View the warning about the battery and tap OK.
Note: The first time you set up Portable HotSpot, the phone will automatically ask you for a new WPA2-Personal Password. Enter a password of 8 or more characters and tap Done and Save.
7.Tap Portable Wi-Fi hotspot settings.
8.If desired, tap Configure Wi-Fi Hotspot to change the Network SSID name, the Security type, or the Password, then tap Save.

 

Your phone starts broadcasting its Wi-Fi network name (SSID) so you can connect to it with up to five computers or other devices. Your phone’s default SSID is AndroidAP.

 

 

Turn on/off mobile hotspot

To turn on or turn off a mobile hotspot over Wi-Fi, follow these steps:
1.From any Home screen, press the Menu key.
2.Tap Settings.
3.Tap Wireless & networks.
4.Tap Tethering & portable hotspot.
5.Tap Portable Wi-fi hotspot to turn on Wi-Fi sharing.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Are you trying to get Wi-Fi or Cellular?  If you are really connected to Wi-Fi, then hook up your laptop to Wi-Fi.  Otherwise, you should be able to use the hotspot feature of the cellular. For iPhone, you would connect up to the computer by it USB cable.
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Craig BeckCommented:
As long as your allowance includes data-tethering, yes you can.

Mitchell's instructions are a good guide, but just be aware that they will be slightly different for different versions of Android (especially if they're customized versions for the manufacturer or carrier).

You can usually tether via cable, bluetooth or WiFi.
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RaiderNationDelegateAuthor Commented:
Mitchell-
THANK YOU!

I can't believe it's working.  As far as security, which would you recommend? WPA2 PSK, WPA PSK, or open?

I'm not sure whether you have enough information to answer this, but what kinds of limitations should I expect in terms of (for example) downloading mp3's and watching YouTube?
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Mitchell MilliganInformation Technology Network AdministratorCommented:
WPA 2 is recommend for security. Also be aware of any data limits your cell provide has for amount of data download as this counts towards your monthly limit such as 3 GB if that is your limit.  If my answer helped, please be sure to mark it as the accepted solution.
Thanks and happy teathering!
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Mitchell MilliganInformation Technology Network AdministratorCommented:
You will likely be able to download at reasonable speeds based on what your mobile network speed is. YouTube will likely be fine if it is fine on your phone.
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Craig BeckCommented:
Use AES with WPA2.  AES is the encryption method and is required if you want to connect to your phone wirelessly at more than 54Mbps (if it supports 802.11n).
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RaiderNationDelegateAuthor Commented:
Exceptional answer.  My cell phone is ACTUALLY working as a hotspot.  
[the frustration is that I've had this capability for a couple of years .... all it took was a detailed answer.]
Thank you!
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