When you need to connect a Wi-Fi device to the internet and your phone has a good 4G signal, why not set up secure data sharing? With PureOS on the Librem 5 phone, setting up a hotspot is simple. Head into Wi-Fi settings and enable Hotspot. 

Setting up a Hotspot

Settings → Wi-Fi → Top Right Menu → Turn On Wi-Fi Hotspot

You can configure the network name and password.For ease of use, others can scan your QR code or simply open the settings and attach to your new network. With your hotspot enabled, you can connect any Wi-Fi-capable device to your Librem 5s’ 4G data.

Dedicated 4G Access Point Setup

UPDATE: changed from terminal commands to network GUI steps. To set up a dedicated 4G access point, attach an Ethernet device to your Librem 5.Next, enable Shared to other computers for your network device.

SettingsNetworkEthernet SettingsIPv4Shared to other computers
On the device you’re connecting, you’ll be assigned an IP, and you’ll be able to access the Librem 5s 4G data.
This can setup provide internet for a laptop, server, or your entire home network. Perfect for dealing with network outages in a pinch. You always have a backup data line wherever you have cell coverage.

Final Words on Tethering

Most cell providers charge extra for tethering, but on the Librem 5 with its modular modem, data is data, and tethering is just data. When bundled with Purism’s Librem AweSIM unlimited data service, you can protect your personal identity and have unlimited data, including tethering. No need to pay extra for how you use your data.

Purism Products and Availability Chart

 ModelStatusLead Time 
USB Security Token Purism Librem KeyLibrem Key

(Made in USA)
In Stock
($59+)
20 business days
Librem 5In Stock
($699+)
3GB/32GB
10 business days
Librem 5 COMSEC BundleIn Stock
($1299+)
Qty 2; 3GB/32GB
10 business days
Purism Liberty Phone with Made in USA ElectronicsLiberty Phone
(Made in USA Electronics)
In Stock
($1,999+)
4GB/128GB
10 business days
Librem 5 + SIMple
(3 GB Data)
In Stock
($99/mo)
10 business days
Librem 5 + SIMple Plus
(5 GB Data)
In Stock
($129/mo)
10 business days
Librem 5 + AweSIM
(Unlimited Data)
In Stock
($169/mo)
10 business days
Librem 11In Stock
($999+)
8GB/1TB
10 business days
Most Secure Laptop Purism Librem 14Librem 14In Stock
($1,370+)
20 business days
Most Secure PC Purism Librem Mini
Librem MiniJuly 2024
($799+)
45 business days
Most Secure Server Purism Librem ServersLibrem ServerIn Stock
($2,999+)
45 business days
The current product and shipping chart of Purism Librem products, updated on July 1st, 2024

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