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Sony's Laptop Can Also be a 3G Wireless Hotspot

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 16 comments

Nice feature to have, but most of you can get it on your own laptops through extra software.

Sony this week launched new Vaio Z and Y Series laptops that can also act as mobile hotspots. Sony calls its embedded wireless technology Share My Connection (SMC).

Sony's feature is aimed at those with wireless broadband subscriptions with Verizon, who will then be able to share the internet access with up to five other PCs or networked devices, such as smartphones, mp3 players, and cameras.

The Z model offers premium portability and serious power. A breeze to carry at about 3.0 lbs, this PC features a durable carbon fiber and aluminum casing and delivers up to seven hours of battery life for true mobile freedom. It incorporates a 13.1-inch high-resolution LED backlit widescreen display, delivering a bright picture with 100 percent color saturation. The extremely thin unit also comes with an optical drive (Blu-ray optical drive optional).

Just in time for back-to-school season, the Y Series laptops comes in five new exciting colors including purple violet, fuchsia pink, pear green, teal blue and black. With a thin 1.2-inch profile and 13.3-inch LED backlit widescreen display, the sleek Y model offers lower power consumption for improved battery life for that active student lifestyle.

Prices start at $770 for the VAIO Y Series and $1950 for the VAIO Z Series.

It's important to note that the ability to turn your laptop into a hotspot isn't a new idea. Internet Connection Sharing has been built into all OSes over the past few generations, but Sony's is aiming to put the feature right in the box so all that its customers can have it out of the box.

Anyone running Windows 7 on a compatible laptop can do the same thing with Connectify.

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    ordcestus , June 22, 2010 1:54 PM
    Even though the functionality is already available. i like that companies create a system that does it in an "idiot-proof" way; that is very necessary with todays computer consumer nowadays
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    JamesSneed , June 22, 2010 1:12 PM
    So to your final statement this essentially saves a person from a 3.1MB download of Connectify and a 2 minute install. So this is just an advertisement masquerading as news?
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    rocket_sauce , June 22, 2010 1:36 PM
    JamesSneedSo to your final statement this essentially saves a person from a 3.1MB download of Connectify and a 2 minute install. So this is just an advertisement masquerading as news?

    If these laptops come with Windows 7 only...then yes, I would agree with you
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    zodiacfml , June 22, 2010 1:42 PM
    It's not even 3G, just plain WiFi.
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    ordcestus , June 22, 2010 1:54 PM
    Even though the functionality is already available. i like that companies create a system that does it in an "idiot-proof" way; that is very necessary with todays computer consumer nowadays
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    quantum mask , June 22, 2010 2:43 PM
    My Droid's been doing that since January.
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    IFLATLINEI , June 22, 2010 3:47 PM
    I can see this feature getting used almost never.
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    applegetsmelaid , June 22, 2010 4:24 PM
    Makes sense. I can see why you would want this feature if 3G is the only option. There is no point if there you have a Wifi connection because the devices already have an access point to connect to.
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    quantum mask , June 22, 2010 4:37 PM
    IFLATLINEII can see this feature getting used almost never.

    Except on the sneak by anyone sitting within a 30 ft. radius of you!
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    andyviant , June 22, 2010 5:05 PM
    Only way this is useful (and unique) is if it somehow allows you to share a wifi connection you are consuming - somehow doing double duty on the wifi antennae. If this is the case, then one person with a boingo subscription (or whatever other public wifi pay service) can share with friends family. Pretty sure this is not the case though. Boo.
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    joebob2000 , June 22, 2010 5:14 PM
    andyviantOnly way this is useful (and unique) is if it somehow allows you to share a wifi connection you are consuming - somehow doing double duty on the wifi antennae. If this is the case, then one person with a boingo subscription (or whatever other public wifi pay service) can share with friends family. Pretty sure this is not the case though. Boo.



    Did you really ignore the second paragraph? This is for laptops connecting via 3g to share their connection with local devices via wifi. Although, I am baffled at the notion that you would set up your wifi enabled smartphone to use the laptop for internet access instead of just switching on it's own 3g (unless, perhaps, you are friends with iPhone users in one of the many oversaturated areas).

    It can be very helpful for mobile teams (in case anyone here was thinking about actually getting a job), since only the boss needs to having sharing ability (like this laptop, or the Verizon MyFi box) and everyone in the area will get internet access. Well worth it for road warriors.
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    andyviant , June 22, 2010 6:03 PM
    Didn't skip it. And that point was already made multiple times. Instead of restating that this is pointless (article and others already have - the boss can already share his 3g via wifi with Bridging and/or ICS), I stated a hypothetically useful technology that doesn't exist that is similar and may be the result of future versions of something like this. Reading back, my first sentence should have been: "Only way this *could be* useful...".
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    eldesconocido , June 22, 2010 6:38 PM
    My Nokia E71 has been acting as a wireless hotspot since months ago when I installed JoikuSpot on it.
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    falchard , June 22, 2010 10:35 PM
    Only $1950 for a 13" laptop using a nVidia 330m. AMAZING. To imagine I can pay $500 more for a laptop that cannot do half as much as an ASUS JX73 or MSI 770
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    matt87_50 , June 22, 2010 11:39 PM
    which is fine, except it should be your PHONE that does this, not anything else. because it's your always on phone that you always have with you, all the time!

    there will be many times when you have your phone and not your laptop, but very few where you have your laptop and not your phone.
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    Azriel4444 , June 23, 2010 2:13 AM
    Hah can already do this with my rooted Samsung Moment. Spend more time changing the network name to crazy stuff at coffee shops, then actually connecting through it. Fun to look around at the laptop users when they walk in and start looking for the free wifi.
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    dEAne , June 24, 2010 10:52 AM
    Practical and cool.