Cricket has implemented a new feature called Data Connection Optimizer (DCO) to improve your data experience. This application looks for the best data connection whether through the cellular network or an available Wi-Fi hotspot. DCO automatically connects to previously approved hotspots, such as your home or work. You do not need to re-enter passwords or other user information.
No, Data Connect Optimizer is a free application for Cricket customer.
No, when connected to Wi-Fi, you can use as much data as you want without impacting your high-speed data allowance.
No. The Data Connection Optimizer (DCO) operates in the background, automatically connecting your device to Wi-Fi hotspots.
Generally, Wi-Fi provides a faster Internet connection with faster response times, resulting in a better experience for viewing data intensive content like video streaming, gaming, and web browsing. Wi-Fi also enables faster downloading of your Muve Music. There are times when a popular Wi-Fi hotspot could become congested, resulting in a slower Internet connection. If this occurs, DCO automatically reconnects to the Cricket cellular network.
Data Connection Optimizer (DCO) does not replace the native Android Wi-Fi connection manager. Rather, DCO enhances the native connection manager’s performance by identifying which hotspots to connect to, how to connect to them, and more importantly, automatically completing the connection steps for you.
Data Connection Optimizer (DCO) continuously monitors the quality of your Wi-Fi connection. If DCO determines that the quality of Wi-Fi connection has degraded, DOC moves your data connection to an alternate hotspot or back to the Cricket cellular data network.
Public Wi-Fi hotspots often do not provide over-the-air encryption that protects your data from possible observation by other users. Because of this, we recommend that you only share personal information when you are connected through a private Wi-Fi connection. A private Wi-Fi connection is password protected, such as your home or business connection
Yes. Since most home and office Wi-Fi connections are private and require a password though, you will need to set up the connection the first time you use it. After that, Data Connections Optimizer (DCO) will automatically connect to the Wi-Fi at your home and office. However, should you forget to connect to your home Wi-Fi, the Cricket Connect app will eventually figure out which network is your home Wi-Fi and prompt you for the network password. This feature is called Home Network Detection.
a) On your phone, go to the Apps list on your phone.
b) Click the Data Connect icon.
c) Click Setup Home Network
You will see a list of available Wi-Fi networks. (The name of your home network (the SSID) is normally on a label on the bottom of the router.)
d) Click the network name that is shown on your router.
e) Type the router passcode. (The passcode should also be on the label on your router.)
No. All your voice calls still go through Cricket’s cellular network as before.
Go to Google Play store and search for the Date Connection Optimizer application.
Yes. Setting up a paid network such as Boingo is similar to setting up your home or work Wi-Fi network. You must have an account and a password. After you set up the network following the provider’s instructions, you will automatically connect in the future.
If you want to use a pay-per-use connection such as in an airport, use the Android Settings to select the Wi-Fi connection you want and then pay for it as directed.
No, not at the same time. Your phone can either be a hotspot, allowing other devices to attach to the internet through it while it is connected to the cellular network, or it can connect through a Wi-Fi connection to the internet.
The application is very lightweight software and there should be no impact on your device performance.
Data Connection Optimizer is designed to have negligible impact on battery life when compared to an equivalent device that has Wi-Fi enabled. If you notice a change, it may be because your data consumption is increasing and/or because the screen is enabled more often. Wi-Fi can be easier on the battery than 4G/3G. Your phone needs a lot of battery power to maintain connection with the cell towers, and even more to transmit data to and from them. Wi-Fi radios use much less power because of their design, their close proximity to the hotspot, and they do not have to keep searching for a better access point.
There are a few reasons why the application might not connect automatically to a hotspot:
a) The hotspot is not known to the Data Connection Optimizer service. The service knows about millions of quality hotspots and will connect automatically to them, but there can be hotspots the service does not know about yet. In those instances where you are not automatically connected, you can always manually connect to the hotspot just like you would on an ordinary Android device (i.e. a device that’s not running Data Connection Optimizer ).
b) Data Connection Optimizer only connects to quality hotspots. If the hotspot is low quality (i.e. low speed, poor throughput, not connected, etc.) then the app will not connect to the hotspot.
c) The hotspot is protected with a password. Some hotspots, even though they are advertised as “public” may none-the-less require the user to get a password from the hotspot owner. Data Connection Optimizer does not connect to these kinds of hotspots.