How AT&T Hotspots Work - Things to know from the AT&T Community
How does Wi-Fi work on a Hotspot?
Like your phone, a hotspot uses AT&T’s wireless network to bring the internet to you. All you have to do is sign into the hotspot using the network name and password. It is like signing into your home internet provider, like AT&T Internet. A hotspot plan, separate from your phone plan, is required. Check out your area on our AT&T Coverage Map to ensure you have coverage.
What speeds can I get?
Speeds will based on your area, type of device 4G or 5G, and times of day it's used (congestion). During peak times, when more people are using the AT&T Wireless Network, speeds may decrease. This is normal as the more people use internet, the less bandwidth that is available.
Do I need a plan for the hotspot?
If you are using a standalone hotspot, a plan is required. It is separate from a plan you would use for your smartphone. Check them out now. If you use your phone as the hotspot, then your existing plan can be used.
My phone has a hotspot, will that work?
If your phone has a hotspot option, you can subscribe to a plan that enables that feature. These plans are different from the traditional plan for standalone hotspots like the Nighthawk or AT&T Wireless Internet.
ChrisZ, AT&T Community Specialist