1. Rob.G's Avatar
    Something weird is going on. I swear this used to work. But today, when my 'net connection went down, I grabbed my phone and turned on the hot spot. It was set to "Allow All Devices." Weird. I changed it to Only Allowed Devices. It still remembers the device name I gave it (which is different than the default), but nothing can connect to it. And I can find nowhere to check the password or reset it or anything.

    I rebooted the phone, but nothing has changed. Below are screen shots from the various screens. I don't see anywhere to configure it. I've Googled the issue and the results all show screens I don't see how to get to.



    This is the page I see when I go to the Hotspot icon on my phone's desktop.



    If I tap on the "RGGN3" heading up top with the blue icon, I get this.



    This is the Tethering & Hotspot area in Settings > Connections.



    And this is my Notifications screen. If I "Tap here to setup" it takes me to the first screenhot.

    What am I missing? I'm currently using the hotspot on my iPad.
    01-11-2016 12:56 PM
  2. tunie's Avatar
    I found this. Let me know if it helps!

    If you’re taking your laptop somewhere and need a wireless connection, your smartphone can be a reliable mobile hotspot. So we’re going to show you how to set one up the right way.

    Mobile Hotspot
    Setting up a mobile hotspot is very easy. In my case, you head to Settings > Wi-Fi Hotspot. Then just flick the switch on and your broadcasting. It’s as simple as that. Some smartphones, specifically carrier-branded ones, will have a dedicated mobile hotspot app that you can use. Also, keep in mind that just flipping the switch to turn on your hotspot is great for quick access, but not secure access.

    It’s good practice to set a secure password. Simply using “password” as your password isn’t going to keep you away from someone even casually trying to access your hotspot. Usually something with upper case letters and numbers will suffice.

    Next, under “Configure” make sure your network security is set to “WPA2” and not something like “WEP,” which is an older and much less secure encryption level. Anyone could download an application or script to easily access your hotspot, something you definitely don’t want.

    After all of this is configured, your mobile hotspot should be ready to go!


    Tethering
    android-tethering

    Tethering works much the same as broadcasting a mobile hotspot, only it’s more private. It doesn’t publicly broadcast the network, as it’s only available to you while plugged in via a USB cable. Just head into Settings and under Wireless & Networks, turn on USB tethering.

    With some phones, you might have Bluetooth tethering. You’ll need to make sure that your phone’s Bluetooth is turned on along with your computer’s Bluetooth. Again head into Settings and under Wireless & Networks, turn on Bluetooth tethering.

    Finally, go to your computer’s Bluetooth settings, and begin the pairing process with your phone. Once it completes, you should be good to go.
    Virtual Private Networks

    If you want an extra level of security, setting up a virtual private network on your connection could be a good idea. We put a handy guide together on doing this awhile back, and it’s full of great information. But, in my case, one can be setup rather quickly by going following Settings > Wireless & Networks > VPN.

    You then hit the ‘+’ button to begin setting up a VPN, providing a name and a server address.

    Keep in mind that a VPN does give you a lot of security, but it can also slow down your connection to a crawl, a problem if you need to rely on a fast connection.

    It all depends on what your needs are, but chances are your smartphone can meet all of them whether you need a fast Wi-Fi connection or a slower and more secure one
    01-16-2016 11:42 AM

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