Turn your Samsung Galaxy Note II, s3 or s4 into a wifi hotspot to share internet with your laptop wirelessly Marshmallow vs Lollipop vs Connect to a Mobile Hotspot with a Laptop (Windows) ... and 1 more
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- 1 Hotspot Setup for the Samsung Galaxy Note2, S3, and S4
- 2 How to Activate WiFi Hotspot for Samsung Note II
- 3 How to Activate WiFi Hotspot for Samsung Galaxy S3
- 4 How to Activate WiFi Hotspot for Samsung Galaxy S4
- 5 How to Activate WiFi Hotspot on Your Samsung Android
- 6 How to Connect a Laptop to the Internet with Samsung USB
- 7 How to Connect to a Samsung or Android WiFi Hotspot
- 8 How to Share Internet from Samsung with an iPad
- 9 How to Share Android or Samsung Hotspot with an iPhone
- 10 How to Connect an iMac, Mac, or Macbook to My Hotspot
- 11 How to Connect a Nintendo Wii to my Samsung Hotspot
- 12 How to Connect a PlayStation to my Samsung Hotspot
- 13 How to Connect a Windows 8 Tablet to My Hotspot
- 14 How to Connect an Xbox to my Samsung Hotspot
- 15 How to Fix Samsung or Droid WiFi Hotspot Connectivity
- 16 How to Find the Name of My Samsung WiFi Hotspot
- 17 How to Find the MAC Address of My Samsung Galaxy
- 18 How to Fix WiFi Won't Work on My Samsung Galaxy S3
- 19 Tips and Suggestions on Samsung WiFi Hotspot Sharing
- 20 Questions and Answers on Samsung WiFi Internet Sharing
- 20.1 USB Tethering checkbox is grayed out and won't let me select it
- 20.2 Will using the phone as hotspot increase your data bill?
- 20.3 Can I do the opposite and share my Laptop/computer internet with my Note2, S3 or S4?
- 20.4 My phone requires a MAC address for me to add my iPad. Where do I find that?
- 20.5 Which WiFi does the Samsung S2 transmit? B, G or N?
- 20.6 Can I receive calls (will the phone ring) while my Samsung Note2 is being used as a hotspot?
- 20.7 Will I receive calls during the time my Note2 is being used as hotspot?
- 20.8 If I connect to a hotspot will it share what I have on my phone?
- 20.9 Find my network address on my Samsung Note II
- 20.10 My Note2 doesn't show the settings icon in the upper right corner or anywhere. What can I do next?
- 20.11 I cannot see the "Configure" button?
- 20.12 How to Share your hotspot with your iPad
- 20.13 Hi I looking for some way for reverse tethering I want to to use PC internet through USB cable like HTC phone?
- 20.14 What is the correct IP configuration for Metro PC's Hotspot with a Note II?
- 20.15 How can I set the IP address of the S3 hotspot?
- 20.16 Can I share WiFi to iPhone or iPad?
- 20.17 HELLO, MY QUESTION IS ON MY PHONE Samsung Galaxy Note2?
- 20.18 Can I share my Samsung Galaxy hotspot with gaming systems like Xbox or Wii?
- 20.19 Configure button not visible it's showing, enabling portable WiFi hotspot will turn off WiFi?
- 20.20 In the step: "Click your "Home" button, and swipe to unlock your phone." My Note2 doesn't show the settings icon in the upper right corner or anywhere
- 20.21 How can I share the Internet from an Android phone to iPhone
- 20.22 Can I use my Samsung Galaxy Note3 for free Laptop internet access?
- 20.23 I don't any have idea on how we can connect to the internet on PC from Note2?
- 20.24 I have a Sprint Samsung Galaxy 3, once I get to more networks the directions don't match what I have available on my as options to select?
- 20.25 I have managed to turn my S4 into a hotspot, but whenever a phone call comes in, or I need to call out, the phone disables the hotspot and goes to WiFi
- 20.26 I am not adept. My Samsung Note2 has automatically updated from 4.1.1 to 4.4? Kitkat? Regardless, now my phone has WiFi connectivity issues. I would like to revert to 4.1.1; I read that will fix my problem. But I cannot figure it out. So I tried to connect by dongle to my Laptop, which has a great connection. Samsung has an app that turns the phone to a "hotspot". I need the opposite. Can I use my Laptop as a hotspot and connect my Note2 by dongle?
- 20.27 My note screens are different than the ones you are showing?
- 21 Referencing this Article
- 22 Comments
Hotspot Setup for the Samsung Galaxy Note2, S3, and S4
Unlike some phones, your Samsung is ready to share internet right out of the box.
Your Galaxy Note2, S3, or S4 can share the internet through a process known as 'Tethering,' using either a wired connection or a WiFi connection. The wired option is easiest, but you need to connect your phone to the other device with your charging cable, or another USB cable. For the purpose of the article, we'll be dealing with a wireless mobile hotspot.
You can connect anything to your Samsung Hotspot, from iPhones and iPads to Desktops, Laptops, and even PlayStation, Wii, and Xbox gaming consoles.
This guide explains in detail how to use your Samsung Galaxy Phone or Tablet to create a Mobile WiFi Hotspot, and use it with other devices to connect to the internet.
*Please Read* Not all cell phone carriers allow their users to use mobile hotspots. If you follow the steps below for your operating system and notice the Tethering/Mobile Hotspot option isn't available, your carrier may not offer with your plan. Contact your customer support branch for further inquiries.
Please remember to monitor your data usage carefully when you share your phone's connection.
Method 1: Marshmallow
Before setting up a Mobile Hotspot, you need to turn your data on.
- 7If you use the default credentials, skip to Connect to a Mobile Hotspot with a Laptop.With Mobile hotspot enabled, you can use the default network name and password (located halfway down the screen) or, you can set a custom name/password.
- 9Change the name and choose a new password, or change "Security" to "Open" if you want to bypass a password altogether.Now you can configure your Mobile Hotspot further.
Method 2: Lollipop
Before creating a Mobile Hotspot, we'll make sure that your data is enabled.
Please be very careful with your data while sharing your connection via a hotspot. Bandwidth adds up quickly.
- 9If you want to use a custom password, continue to the next step.If you choose the default network name and password, skip to Connect to a Mobile Hotspot with a Laptop.
Method 3: Connect to a Mobile Hotspot with a Laptop (Windows)
Method 4: Jelly Bean/KitKat
To quickly get help with your Samsung or Android WiFi Hotspot connection, simply select the item you need help with from the list below. This guide starts with how to activate WiFi Hotspot on your Samsung or Android Device, followed by how to connect another device to your Samsung or Android WiFi Hotspot, and ends with steps on how to fix common problems with your WiFi Hotspot. As ever, if you require additional help or assistance, just let us know, and we'll update this guide.
- 1This section explains how to activate your Note II Wi-Fi Hotspot.How do I turn on WiFi Hotspot with my Samsung Note2?
- 2This section explains how to activate your Galaxy S III Wi-Fi Hotspot.How do I turn on WiFi-Hotspot with my Samsung Galaxy S3?
- 3This section explains how to activate your Galaxy S4 Wi-Fi Hotspot.How do I turn on WiFi-Hotspot with my Samsung Galaxy S4?
- 4Here, you can learn how to activate your Hotspot with a custom Samsung or Android build.How do I Activate my Android or Samsung WiFi Hotspot on a Custom Build?
- 5This section explains how to connect to your Droid or Samsung Wi-Fi Hotspot.How do I Connect to my Samsung or Android WiFi Hotspot?
- 6If you are having problems, visit our section on how to fix common connectivity problems with Wi-Fi Hotspots for additional information and solutions.How do I Get Help With a Technical Problem?
How to Activate WiFi Hotspot for Samsung Note II
Quickly and easily turn on WiFi Hotspot for your Samsung Note2.
Below you'll find screenshots and steps to activate WiFi Hotspot on your Note II.
How to Activate WiFi Hotspot for Samsung Galaxy S3
This section will help you enable WiFi Hotspot on the Samsung GS3.
The steps below will take you through each part of the process necessary to activate WiFi Hotspot on your Galaxy.
How to Activate WiFi Hotspot for Samsung Galaxy S4
Turning on WiFi Hotspot is easy with the Galaxy S4.
Follow these simple steps to get WiFi Hotspot turned on with your Samsung GS4.
How to Activate WiFi Hotspot on Your Samsung Android
Connecting to your WiFi hotspot can be difficult for a first time user.
There are many variables in a wireless connection setup. Of course, if you're connecting multiple devices, or providing internet for a group of people in a meeting, there's no substitute for a wireless Hotspot. The instructions below are for Android and Samsung, though some of the menu names may differ slightly. If you've used the earlier parts of our guide, but still need some extra help to connect your Laptop, then this section is for you.
- 1This should unlock your phone.Click your 'Home' button and swipe.
- 3Tap it to open the 'Settings' menu.You will see a gear shaped 'Settings' icon in the top right corner.
- 4Tap it to open the 'Connections' menu.Look for the 'Connections Tab'.
- 5This will open the 'Wireless and networks' sub-menu.Now tap the 'More Networks' option, located under the Network connections section.
- 7It will have an ON / OFF slider, which you will tap to turn 'ON'.You should now see an option called 'Portable WiFi Hotspot'.
- 8Some versions of Android call it different things, but it's always the lower right corner button, so tap it.Now, in the lower right corner, you should see the 'Configure', or 'Set up WiFi Hotspot' button.
- 10Now, enter in a Hotspot name that you can easily identify as belonging to you, or to your device.Once here, tap on the 'Network SSID' area.
- 12When finished, tap 'Save.
- 16Usually, they connect right away, but the internet can take a minute or two to star actually working. You'll know this because your Laptop will likely inform you that it has 'no internet access' at first.Note that sometimes you may need to wait for up to two minutes for certain laptops and other devices to connect and have the internet be usable.
- As a rule, if your phone has internet, then your Hotspot is working. If you get the 'no internet access' message, wait two or three minutes for it to go away before trying other troubleshooting steps.
- Sometimes the first connection attempt has to timeout before the system connects. In some cases, you may need to restart your Laptop, and or your phone.
How to Connect a Laptop to the Internet with Samsung USB
Connecting your Samsung or Android to the internet by USB is a great way to get online.
One of the best things about connecting to the internet through your USB cable is that it will also charge your phone at the same time. That means that you can connect for longer because you won't be just draining your phone battery like you would if using it as a W-Fi Hotspot instead. The steps below will show you how to connect to the internet with your USB cable.
- 1It 's in the top right corner of your phone.Open your phone and look for the gear shaped 'Settings' icon.
- 2This will open the 'Settings' menu.Tap it.
- 3This will open the 'Wireless and networks' sub-menu.Tap 'More settings'.
- 4Tap this option.The third option in this list is 'Tethering and portable hotspot'.
- 5Use your USB cable (also your power cable) to connect your phone to your Laptop.
- 6Sometimes it takes a minute or two for your Laptop to auto install the drivers, so that it can use your phone to connect to the internet.If it doesn't connect right away, give it a minute.
- 7Now tap to turn 'ON' the 'USB Tethering' option.When it does connect, you'll know, as the 'USB tethering' option will no longer be grayed out.
- 8At this point, you should have the internet on your Laptop.
- This process will create a 'new connection' on your Laptop. This is normal, and it's OK to trust this connection as a Home network.
- One of our contributors also made two sets of video instructions for connecting and turning on your Samsung WiFi Hotspot and Tethering it to your Laptop. Just please keep in mind that this article is always being updated, so the instructions here may be more up to date than the video guide.
How to Connect to a Samsung or Android WiFi Hotspot
Connecting to your Android or Samsung WiFi Hotspot is quick and easy.
If you are trying to connect to a WiFi Hotspot signal from your Samsung or Android device, these steps will help you to get connected. Just find the device you're trying to connect in the list below and click it for instructions on how to get connected to your WiFi Hotspot.
Remember that your WiFi Hotspot should function just like any other wireless network, so it won't matter what kind of device you're trying to connect to it. Just make sure you have the right information, and you'll be able to connect in no time.
- 1Read this section on how to connect your iPad to a Samsung Wi-Fi Hotspot if you need help connecting.How do I connect an iPad to my Hotspot?
- 2If you need help connecting your iPhone to a Hotspot, read this section.How do I connect an iPhone to my Hotspot?
- 3This section will show you how to connect your Wii to a Hotspot.How do I connect a Nintendo Wii to my Hotspot?
- 4Here are the steps to get your Playstation connected to a Hotspot.How do I connect a PlayStation to my Hotspot?
- 5For information on connecting your Mac to a Hotspot, please visit this section.How do I connect a Mac to my Hotspot?
- 6Please visit the section on connecting your Windows 8 Tab to a Hotspot for information.How do I connect a Windows 8 Tab my Hotspot?
- 7Follow these steps to connect your Xbox to a Wi-Fi Hotspot.How do I connect an Xbox to my Hotspot?
How to Share Internet from Samsung with an iPad
Easily connect your iPad.
If you've followed the steps in this guide, then your Android or Samsung phone is already set up and broadcasting a WiFi signal. Setting that connection up was the hard part. Now you just need to connect your iPad, and of course, make sure your data plan is active, so you have a constant internet connection.
- 1Tap it.On your iPad, locate the 'Settings' icon.
- 2Tap this icon.The second option down is a blue 'WiFi' icon.
- 3Select your hotspot.You'll see a list of available wireless networks and Hotspots.
- 4Just wait from 10 to 30 seconds, and you should be able open Safari and test your internet connection.If you did not set up a Hotspot password, then your device will automatically connect.
- 5Enter your password.If you set up a password for your Hotspot, then the 'Enter Password' window will appear.
- 6Press 'Join'.On the bottom right side of your keypad, look for 'Join'.
- 7Open your web browser to confirm that you have connectivity, and you're done. Good work.Wait 10 to 30 seconds, and your Hotspot connection should be active.
How to Share Android or Samsung Hotspot with an iPhone
Effortlessly connect your iPhone to your Hotspot.
Once you've got your Hotspot working with the steps provided earlier in this guide, it's a simple matter to connect your iPhone to the internet. You just need to make sure you're close enough to the WiFi signal from your Samsung phone to establish the connection. The steps provided below will help you connect your device.
- 1Tap it.Look for the 'Settings' icon on your iPhone screen.
- 2This should be the second one down.Tap the blue 'WiFi' icon.
- 3Select it.Find your Hotspot in the list of wireless networks.
- 4To test, just open a web browser after waiting 10 to 30 seconds for the connection to be established.If you followed the steps we gave earlier, you wouldn't have a password on your Hotspot, so you'll automatically connect to the network.
- 5Just type in your password.If you chose to set up a password, then you'll see the 'Enter Password' screen.
- 6Tap it to 'Join' the network.Now look for the 'Join' button on the lower right of your keyboard.
- 7To test this, just open a web browser and make sure you can see web pages.In about 10 seconds, but not more than 30, you should connect to the Hotspot.
How to Connect an iMac, Mac, or Macbook to My Hotspot
To connect to any network on the Mac OSX system, you simply click the wireless network signal icon at the top of the screen and follow a few simple steps. Here are the steps, with screenshots:
- 2In this case, we're going to use our AndroidAP connection again.Select the wireless Hotspot you would like to connect to.
- 3Just type in the password you set up for your Samsung or Android Hotspot. Make sure to check 'Remember this network' so you won't have to repeat this step. If you're not sure about the characters you're typing for your password, go ahead and check 'Show password' to make sure you're typing in the right one. When you're done, click 'Join'.Once you select the AndroidAp connection, you'll be asked for a password.
How to Connect a Nintendo Wii to my Samsung Hotspot
Go online with any WiFi-enabled Nintendo Wii.
If your Nintendo Wii can connect to a WiFi signal, such as a wireless router, then you can also use your Samsung Hotspot to connect to it. Just keep in mind that you're going to want an unlimited bandwidth plan, as this will consume quite a bit of bandwidth.
How to Connect a PlayStation to my Samsung Hotspot
You can play online with any PlayStation that supports WiFi connectivity.
The PS3 has built-in WiFi connectivity and so can connect to your Galaxy Hotspot. However, such connections can result is massive data charges - up to gigabytes at a time if you're downloading updates for a bandwidth intensive game like Call of Duty. Because of this, you'll want to make sure your system is already up to date before trying this, or that the data plan on your phone is unlimited.
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How to Connect a Windows 8 Tablet to My Hotspot
This section will explain the steps needed to connect a Windows 8 Tab to your Samsung or Droid Hotspot.
Your Windows 8 Tab functions just like a portable Windows computer, and connecting to a WiFi Hotspot is quick and easy. These are the steps you'll need to follow:
- 3You will now be presented with a list of available wireless networks.
- 4In this example, you'll see that we're connecting to AndroidAP, as shown below, in Step 5.Select the name of your wireless Hotspot, check the 'Connect Automatically' box, and tap 'Connect'.
How to Connect an Xbox to my Samsung Hotspot
If your Xbox supports WiFi connectivity, you can go online with your Hotspot.
Playing your Xbox can be a lot of fun, but if you visit a friend or relative who doesn't have a good internet connection, or any, in the case of some relatives, it's still possible to go online with your Xbox. You just need to make sure your Samsung's data plan can support high usage, and of course that wherever you're going also has a strong enough signal. Then you can connect your Xbox WiFi to your Hotspot, and play online from anywhere you have a data connection.
How to Fix Samsung or Droid WiFi Hotspot Connectivity
If you're having trouble, we're here to help.
Sometimes things don't work the way they should. If you're experiencing problems trying to get your Samsung or Android WiFi Hotspot set up, or having difficulty connecting to it with another device, we can help. This section is filled with answers, tips, suggestions, and tricks you can use to fix or work around any problems you might be having. Just pick your problem from the list below, and click it for details.
- 1Here is how to find the name of your Wi-Fi Hotspot, and change or add a password if you would like to.What is the name of my WiFi Hotspot?
- 2If you need to, here is how you can find your MAC Address on a Samsung Galaxy or other Android device.Where can I find my MAC address?
- 3If you are having problems with this, read our tips on how to get Wi-Fi to work on your Galaxy S3.What if WiFi won't work on my Samsung Galaxy S3?
How to Find the Name of My Samsung WiFi Hotspot
It can be difficult to figure out which Hotspot is yours, especially in a crowded place.
When there are many Hotspot connections around, such as in a popular cafe, an office, or university campus, it can be very difficult to figure out which one is yours. This is especially true if you use the default settings, as we've suggested earlier. The reason for this is that the default name given to all WiFi networks is usually the model name of the device. When you're just setting things up, it's best not to change things around, but once you know what you're doing, you'll likely want to change it.
Here's how to see your Hotspot name, and change it if you would like to:
- 1From the Home screen, tap 'Apps' or 'Applications'.
- 2Choose 'Settings'.
- 3Tap 'More'.
- 4Look for 'Tethering and portable hotspot', and then tap it.
- 5Tap 'Configure portable WiFi hotspot'.
- 6That is the name of your WiFi network or Hotspot.Now you'll see a text box under the 'Network SSID' field.
- 7This will be the new name of your Mobile Hotspot or WiFi network.Tap on that name and change it to anything you like.
- 8If you would like to set up a password now too, just tap in the password field, and put in any password that you like (and more importantly, that you'll remember).
- 9Tap 'Save' to save your settings.
- 10Now you can easily find your WiFi Hotspot.
- These steps apply to the Samsung Galaxy Note2, Samsung Galaxy S3, and Samsung Galaxy S4.
How to Find the MAC Address of My Samsung Galaxy
You will probably never need your MAC Address to set up a WiFi Hotspot, but just in case...
- 2From your Home screen, tap your 'App' menu icon to open the 'App' window.
- 3Tap the 'Settings' icon.
- 4Scroll down, and tap 'About Phone'.
- 5Tap 'Status'.
- 6You can see your MAC Address here.
- How to Find Your MAC Address Using a Different Method
- 1From the Home screen, tap the 'App' menu icon.
- 2Tap 'WiFi'.
- 3Scroll to the bottom of the menu, and tap on the 'Advanced Settings' option.
- 4You'll be able to see your MAC address here.
How to Fix WiFi Won't Work on My Samsung Galaxy S3
If you have followed the steps outlined earlier in this guide, and your Galaxy S3 still has no WiFi, here are some things you can try.
These procedures should be attempted one at a time. They are listed in the order of easiest, to most difficult. If the first one does not work, try the next one. One of these there procedures should work for you. These three procedures are:
- Clearing the system cache partition;
- Changing to a new IP address;
- Performing a factory data reset (last resort - back up all data first!)
Here are each of the procedures, and the steps necessary to perform each:
- How to Clear the System Cache Partition.
- 1Turn off your Galaxy S3.
- 2Simultaneously hold the Volume up, Home, and Power keys for a few seconds, until the S3 vibrates.
- 3When it begins vibrating, immediately stop pressing all three keys.
- 4It will say 'Recovery' in small print at the top left of the screen.The Boot screen will appear on your screen at the same time.
- 5Scroll using the volume up and down keys to find and highlight 'Wipe Cache Partition'.
- 6Now press your Home or Power button to clear the 'Wipe Cache Partition'.
- 7After the cache partition is cleared, scroll up to highlight 'Reboot System'.
- 8Press the Home key once again to restart your Galaxy S3.
- How to Change to a New IP Address.
- 1Go to 'Settings'.
- 2Tap 'WiFi' to bring up the networks list.
- 3Long press the network choice that is connected.
- 4Continue pressing until a window with a menu shows up on your screen.
- 5Select the 'Modify Network Config'.
- 6Select 'Advanced Options' to change your IP Settings.
- 7Change 'IP Settings' to 'Static' on the menu.
- 8Instead, select a new one that your router accepts.Make sure you don't use the same IP address that you were using previously.
- 9This usually '192.168.1.1'.Ensure your gateway has a router configuration like your router.
- 10There will also be a prefix length, which you should just ignore.
- 11Choose 'DNS1'.In the 'Router Configuration' set up, you will see 'DNS1' and 'DNS2'.
- 12Tap 'Save'.
- 13This will recycle your S3 system.Turn off your WiFi for two minutes and then turn it back on.
- Factory Data Reset of your Operating System.
- 1Make sure to back up personal data like Contacts, Emails, SMS, and Media.This will delete all of your files and settings.
- 2Go to 'Settings'.
- 3Go to 'Back Up and Reset'.
- 4Go to 'Factory Data Reset' and follow the steps.
- 5Note that you should only do this if you've tried everything else in this guide, and neither of the first two options in this section helped to set up WiFi on your Samsung Galaxy S3.
Tips and Suggestions on Samsung WiFi Hotspot Sharing
- The fastest way to share the internet from the Note II, S3, and S4 to your Laptop is by using a USB cable. **The USB connection method is the one least prone to error, assuming you have a working USB cable. It also provides the greatest length of time to be connected, because you'll be charging your phone while using the internet.
- The WiFi method requires you to assign a password, get the password right, and understand basic WiFi concepts. While this sounds simple, it can present significant challenges to new users. If you are a new user, and just want a simple way to connect a single device, we strongly recommend trying the USB method first. It's also a better way to protect your data.
- Make sure to turn off automatic software updates on your connected computer, or you might get a nasty surprise in bandwidth charges from your mobile phone provider.
- For example, if you fall asleep working at your Laptop while using your Samsung Hotspot, and your phone was plugged in, so it did not run out of power, you could stay connected all night. If Windows decided to run an especially large update during the night, you could wake up to huge charges on your bill.
- Remember that cell companies around the world will burn you on your data bill if you go over your limit. Don't forget to turn off auto updates or MAKE SURE to disconnect your Hotspot when you're finished.
- If you share via WiFi, your phone is actively using its radio, which will reduce your battery life significantly.
- Using your Samsung Galaxy Note2 as a hotspot does not disable any feature that you have on the phone, except connecting to a WiFi network. This means that calls and SMS messages will still get through.
- There is, however, a catch. When you receive a call, the WiFi hotspot will be cut off, temporarily disconnecting all of the connected devices for the duration of your call.
- Enabling WiFi hotspot will turn off your WiFi.
- Enabling WiFi hotspot will turn off your "Driving mode".
- You can allow up to 10 other devices to connect to your WiFi Hotspot.
Questions and Answers on Samsung WiFi Internet Sharing
USB Tethering checkbox is grayed out and won't let me select it
The most likely cause of this is a bad USB cable or USB port. This checkbox is only active when it is properly connected to another device. First, try plugging the cable into a different USB port. If that doesn't work, try plugging into a different computer to eliminate the possibility that it is your computer. If that doesn't work, try a different micro-USB cable (even if this cable still works for charging). You can get micro-USB cables in some dollar stores or pay $20-30 for one at a phone/electronics type store. Dollar store micro-USB cables have worked flawlessly for me, but as everyone knows, dollar store items may not work as advertised. Also, be careful you get a micro-USB, NOT a mini-USB cable.
Will using the phone as hotspot increase your data bill?
Devices have a technological limit to the amount of data they can accept and distribute to tethered devices. While connecting multiple devices to the hotspot will not immediately increase your data bill, it can lead to overage charges. Viewing web pages on a Laptop or desktop is much more data intensive than with a mobile device. Ads, images, videos, and extensive code are accessed frequently when a browser accesses web servers. Multiple devices accessing full web services will push the data usage over your monthly limit easily, so you should check with your device provider if you are unsure of your limits, and proceed with caution when it comes to using the hotspot.
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Yes, you can. Windows based operating system has a feature that you can enable to have the computer to broadcast a WiFi hotspot.
1. On your Windows computer, click on the Start Button located on the bottom left side.
2. On the start Menu, select the Control Panel from the list.
3. Look for Network and Sharing Center or the Network and Internet then click the Network and Sharing Center.
4. On the main menu screen, you will find there a bunch of information. Click the "Set up a new connection or network". On the Pop-up menu, click the option that says "Set up a wireless ad hoc (Computer to Computer) Network and click Next.
5. Click Next again, Then fill in the following:
Network Name: This will be your Hotspot or WiFi name for your other devices to connect
Security Type: Select the WPA2-Personal, in case that you have older devices or not capable for WPA2 then select WEP.
Security Key: This will be your wireless password to authenticate a device which is trying to connect. The WPA2 consist of letter, numbers and special characters which appear to be case sensitive. For WEP, you need to use hexadecimal, meaning letters from A to E and numbers from 1 to 9 and 0 these are not case sensitive. Click next to continue and to save the network information.
After the configuration you've set up, go to your devices then scan for networks. Once you connect and input the password, you can enjoy surfing the internet on your device tethered from your Laptop or PC.
My phone requires a MAC address for me to add my iPad. Where do I find that?
First of all, you should not have to enter the MAC address of your IP into your phone. Normally after turning on your hotspot, when you go into the WiFi section of you iPad settings, your Samsung Galaxy hotspot should show up. Then you just select it to connect and use the internet on your iPad through your Samsung Galaxy phone. However, just in case you need it, for this or other functions, here is how you get your iPad MAC address:
- Go into "Settings".
- Choose "General".
- Now choose "About".
- Scroll down until you find "WiFi Address". This is your iPad's Mac address.
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Which WiFi does the Samsung S2 transmit? B, G or N?
The Samsung Galaxy S2 transmits 2.4 GHz/5 GHz 802.11 a/b/g/n WiFi.
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Can I receive calls (will the phone ring) while my Samsung Note2 is being used as a hotspot?
Yes. Calls will come in, and you can answer them while your phone is operating as a hotspot, and the hotspot will continue to function with no interruption in service. You can also make calls while your hotspot is active too.
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Will I receive calls during the time my Note2 is being used as hotspot?
Simultaneous voice and data on your Samsung Galaxy Note2 is possible if you are under LTE. SVD or simultaneous voice and data is a network restriction. You can receive calls on your Note2 if you are under 3G, but will drop the data connection. This is the usual case with 3G and GSM Networks. Check with your network provider to see if it allows simultaneous voice and data transmissions.
No, if you connect to a hotspot, your information will remain safe from others, and even the WiFi hotspot, regarding your personal information on your device. Think of it as you are connecting your phone to your WiFi at home - your information will not be shared or sent through the hotspot.
Find my network address on my Samsung Note II
There are two types of IP addresses that can be associated with your Samsung Galaxy Note II, an internal IP address, and an external one.
An external IP address is the IP address provided by the Internet Service Provider to a subscriber. This IP address is the "face" of that certain subscriber in the World Wide Web. Normally, one external IP address is assigned to one internet subscriber. However, the internet connection that is provided through this external IP address can be shared with many devices using a hardware called an internet router. While the connected devices share the same external IP address, they have their own IP addresses to identify themselves within the local network. This IP address is the internal IP address.
An internal IP address is the network address that is automatically provided by the internet router to your mobile device as you connect to a WiFi hotspot.
To find these two types of network addresses on your Samsung Note II, you have to follow the easy steps detailed below:
For external IP address:
- Open up your phone's internet browser.
- On your browser's address bar type in "http://www.whatip.com".
- You will be redirected to a website that lists the details of your internet connection, including your external IP address.
For internal IP Address
- Go to "Settings".
- Tap the "Wireless and Network" option.
- Tap "WiFi settings".
- Find the name of the WiFi network that your mobile device is currently connected to and select it.
- Locate the IP address in the dialog box that pops up. That is the internal IP address of your mobile device.
My Note2 doesn't show the settings icon in the upper right corner or anywhere. What can I do next?
If you do not see the Settings option from your notifications bar, you can look for it from the list of applications on your phone or the app drawer. Look for an icon that looks like a gear icon; some devices display a logo that looks like an equalizer in dark blue color. Once you find that application, tap it, and you can configure some additional settings on your Samsung Galaxy S2.
Try to double check the applications on your phone. You should be able to see that in the list of applications as it is a core feature of a mobile device. Just double check
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The "Configure" button is located on the lower part of your screen. It will come out once you open the Portable WiFi hotspot option on Settings > Connection Tab > More Networks > Tethering and portable hotspot > Portable WiFi Hotspot. The button can be seen as illustrated below:
To access the WiFi hotspot's configure options screen, go to settings>wireless and networks>tethering the portable hotspot. On the tethering screen, you can move the button to ON, but you will need to tap on it to access the portable hotspot screen. The configure button is on the bottom right. Check screenshots here:
- To verify that your WiFi is on, tap on "Settings" on the home screen.
- Under Settings, tap on "WiFi" and choose the name of your Samsung hotspot under "Choose a network". You will be asked for the password of the hotspot. Enter it carefully and tap "Join". A checkmark will now appear beside your Samsung hotspot name indicating that you are connected to it.
Hi I looking for some way for reverse tethering I want to to use PC internet through USB cable like HTC phone?
USB tethering reverse tethering I want to to use PC internet through USB cable like HTC phone
If USB is your only option, then you will be required to do additional work on your phone to get this working. If you have an HTC Android smartphone, you will need to have it rooted. Rooting your phone should be safe and harmless, but will void your manufacturer's warranty. Be certain of what you're doing before going further.
With your phone rooted, download and install the Reverse Tether app, found in the Google play store here:
This will share your PC's data connection to your phone by the USB connection.
If you are worried about rooting your phone, you can try an alternate method. This is an alternative method; you'll require a wireless network adapter on your PC to share the data connection through WiFi instead of a USB cable. Wireless network adapters are fairly inexpensive, and this is a better solution to PC tethering than rooting your phone. Check out the Connectify software here:
What is the correct IP configuration for Metro PC's Hotspot with a Note II?
Every time I connect my Hotspot the Laptop says the phone has the wrong IP Configuration
Your IP configuration is dependent on the network you are running. Please check the steps above, and make sure you have entered in your IP settings according to the steps in this guide.
How can I set the IP address of the S3 hotspot?
How can I set the IP address of the S3 hotspot? It would be a nuisance to have to change all the client devices from fixed IP to DHCP for the occasions when I want to use a hotspot, then back again for home use.
To change the IP address on your S3's hotspot, do the following:
- go to settings
- tap WiFi
- choose the network you wish to connect to (long press)
- choose modify network configuration
- show advanced options
- tap IP settings
- tap static
- change the IP address
After setting up your hotspot, you will have the option to set up the name of your network as well as other options to suit your specific needs. This process will only be available to you after you have set up your hotspot information.
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Yes, when you set up a WiFi hotspot on your Samsung phone, it is usable by any WiFi enabled device, including your iPhone or iPad. You can use it to share the internet with other phones too, or a Laptop or even a desktop computer, as long as it can connect to a WiFi hotspot.
HELLO, MY QUESTION IS ON MY PHONE Samsung Galaxy Note2?
IS THERE ANY PROGRAM THAT CAN OPEN MY HOTSPOT FOR FREE IN MY CELLULAR Samsung Galaxy Note2? PREVIOUSLY MINE HAD SERVICE WITH COMPANY T-Mobile, BUT IT IS NOW WITH METRO PCS, MY TELEPHONE IS ROOTED. THANK YOU.
The screen where you slide to turn on and off for the hotspot feature is also where you can configure it. Just tap on the option itself, and it will bring you to the settings page. Check screenshot here:
The settings page after you have tapped the option will then look like this:
I'm afraid there's not Free hotspot feature that you can use on the Metro PCS network. They offer their own hotspot plan, and you can read more about it here:
The pricing structure is tailored to your needs and not very expensive.
Being that your phone is rooted, you can still try to access the hotspot features without a plan, but Metro PCS will cut you off when they find out.
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Gaming systems that have a wireless networking adapter can also connect to a wireless hotspot. The system should detect the hotspot within a few minutes. The connection can be chosen, and the password entered from the Network connection settings menu. I measured the data transfer of several multiple player online games on Xbox and discovered it was much much less than a Skype call. You should definitely keep an eye on the data usage, but using your phone as a hotspot is a viable option for gaming when your home internet connection is down, or you are in a public setting with no free WiFi.
In the step: "In the lower right corner, there is "Configure" button. Tap it.", Configure button not visible it's showing ...enabling portable WiFi hotspot will turn off WiFi.
On the Tethering and portable hotspot screen where you see the slider to turn on or off, you will need to tap on that option to access the configure option. Please check the screenshots here to help you get to the configure screen:
In the step: "Click your "Home" button, and swipe to unlock your phone." My Note2 doesn't show the settings icon in the upper right corner or anywhere.
To access your Settings:
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You just need to turn on or enable the tethering on your Android phone to broadcast a wireless connection for your other devices or iPhone.
- On your Android phone, enable the hotspot to broadcast the wireless network name. See above in this article on how to enable a hotspot from an Android phone.
- Go to your iPhone and connect to the wireless network that has been broadcasted.
- Type in the password you configure and connect by tapping "OK". Wait for a couple of seconds until it says connected.
- Open Safari on your iPhone to check your internet connectivity.Advertisement
Can I use my Samsung Galaxy Note3 for free Laptop internet access?
I have an unlimited data plan with T-Mobile. Tethered data downloaded above a certain amount drops down to old dial-up speeds. This amount is easily accrued on a Laptop in no time.
If I enable my cell as a hotspot and connect my Laptop to my cell via WiFi, will I be charged extra?
That depends on whether you have a hotspot plan purchased through T-Mobile. If you don't already have a plan and you continue to use the hotspot feature, you'll be warned through the browser regarding your continued usage. T-Mobile will not charge you, but you won't be able to tether anymore at this point.
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I don't any have idea on how we can connect to the internet on PC from Note2?
Internet connection problem.please solve as soon as fast.
On your Note2 you can visit the setting, connection, and tap on the WiFi hotspot tab to turn on enable it. Understand that you will need to contact your carriers customer service for you to be able to activate your hotspot connection.
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I have a Sprint Samsung Galaxy 3, once I get to more networks the directions don't match what I have available on my as options to select?
There is not an option for hotspot and tether on my Sprint Samsung Galaxy S3
Yes, after completing the update on your Samsung Galaxy S3 you can, in fact, locate the hotspot option in your settings>>under the connections tab>>tap on the hotspot.
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I have managed to turn my S4 into a hotspot, but whenever a phone call comes in, or I need to call out, the phone disables the hotspot and goes to WiFi
If you are on Verizon, Sprint, or a Sprint MVNO (mobile virtual network operator), this is exactly how it is supposed to work. It's a limitation of their network; phone calls and data go through separate antennas that can't be used simultaneously.
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I am not adept. My Samsung Note2 has automatically updated from 4.1.1 to 4.4? Kitkat? Regardless, now my phone has WiFi connectivity issues. I would like to revert to 4.1.1; I read that will fix my problem. But I cannot figure it out. So I tried to connect by dongle to my Laptop, which has a great connection. Samsung has an app that turns the phone to a "hotspot". I need the opposite. Can I use my Laptop as a hotspot and connect my Note2 by dongle?
My phone has a feature that makes it a WiFi "hotspot" that I can connect to my Laptop. I want to use my Laptop as the "hotspot and send the signal to my Note2.
You have to restart your device after the update to solve the WiFi connectivity issue. This usually happens when the system has not fully refreshed.
On the other hand, if you are planning to use your Laptop as the WiFi hotspot, you have to do the settings there and then activate it. Your Note2 will then be the one to search for that particular connection as a WiFi.
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My note screens are different than the ones you are showing?
Trying to make my Note II a hotspot.
We have updated the guide with new screenshots, and the functionality should be nearly identical to your Note II. If you continue to experience problems even with these new updates, please let us know, and we'll try to help. Thank you for using VisiHow!
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