A host device includes a quality of service (QoS) access control module to establish and manage connections having levels of QoS between tethered devices and a network. The QoS access control module authenticates a tethered device to ensure that the tethered device is authorized to use a connection having the requested QoS, establishes a network route and rules for accessing the connection and establishes a secure connection between the host device and the tethered device. As a result, in some cases, the system prevents erroneous operation due to tethered devices attempting to perform tasks that require a connection having a certain QoS without receiving a network connection having that QoS.

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