|Configure Android Phone as Wi-Fi Internet Hotspot|
|Articles - Featured Guides|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Tuesday, 18 October 2011|
Configure Android Phone as Wi-Fi Internet Hotspot
Second only to sending text messages over a data plan, using the Android phone to share Internet connection with nearby devices and computers is one of the most desired functions. Fortunately, Google Android SmartPhones already have this feature built into the OS.
In our previous guide, we showed you how to configure Android USB tethering to share Internet access with a computer. It was simple, already included with Android, and it took only four very short steps. In this article Benchmark Reviews walks you through a similar process to create a portable Wi-Fi Internet hotspot.
This is a very simple guide, and does not require 'rooting' your phone or downloading software. It just requires a Google Android phone with a data plan and cellular network reception.
Android Wi-Fi Hotspot Instructions
There are no other settings or configuration needed, and at this point your Android phone will begin to broadcast as Wi-Fi Hotspot with the network name 'AndroidAP' and 'Open' network security. If you would like to customize the SSID name or assign WPA2 PSK network security, select Portable Wi-Fi hotspot settings.
Once the computers connects to the new portable Wi-Fi hotspot (AndroidAP is default name), after a few moments the Android phone will automatically issue and IP address to the system. If you're subscribed through a phone carrier who allows pass-through data access, your computer will treat the phone as a network Internet source and can browse the web. Some carriers, such as AT&T in particular, do not allow the phone to function as a portable Wi-Fi hotspot. If your carrier is AT&T, this proceedure will work but no Internet access is passed to connected Wi-Fi devices.
Please note that Internet speeds will depend on your phone's data plan, and wireless coverage in your area.
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