If the light on the top of the hotspot is blue, what does that mean? Also, how can I find out why my internet is so slow? It doesn't really seem to matter if the hotspot is tethered or standing alone. It takes a long time for pages to load, etc.
Please confirm for us your hotspot model number. We can lookup the light guide for you from there.
Also, take a trip out to www.speedtest.net and record your speeds for us. That should help us all understand what you mean by "slow".