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Is there a way to tether mobile's wifi to laptop

  1. Oct 27, 2015 #1
    I've seen the vice-versa of it by using a hotspot but when use on mobile it asks for mobile data.
    Why can't it only share the wifi?
     
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  3. Oct 27, 2015 #2

    Evo

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    I have no idea what you are talking about. Do you mean trying to connect your laptop to the internet through your cell phone? There are cellular devices that can be used for laptops. Some devices can support multiple devices. You would need to check with your cell phone provider about what they offer.
     
  4. Oct 27, 2015 #3
    You can tether the mobile to the laptop but you are right, it uses data which can go quickly.
     
  5. Oct 28, 2015 #4

    Borek

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    Your mobile gets the data from the 3G or 4G mobile network, then shares it over WiFi.
     
  6. Oct 28, 2015 #5
    But if we disable mobile data and we are getting net from a wireless router and we have to send this network to a laptop then?
     
  7. Oct 28, 2015 #6

    Borek

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    Never heard about using mobile this way. Besides - what for? If you have the access through the router, why to add another layer of hardware? As a wireless repeater?
     
  8. Oct 28, 2015 #7
    As I can connect only one device to the router at a time, that's why. Yes as a wireless repeater. PC's can be made wireless repeaters by using connectify app but for mobiles how?
     
  9. Oct 28, 2015 #8
    If you have a router with Internet then what do you need the mobile hotspot for? Are you trying to use it like a repeater?
     
  10. Oct 28, 2015 #9
    As I can connect only one device to the router at a time, that's why. Yes as a wireless repeater. PC's can be made wireless repeaters by using connectify app but for mobiles how?
     
  11. Oct 28, 2015 #10
    Why is it your router can only handle one device at a time? What type of router do you have? (Perhaps you have configured it so that it can only 'dish out' one internal IP?)
     
  12. Oct 28, 2015 #11
    In the university campus they have given us one login username and password to connect to wifi routers nearby. So at a time one device can only be connected by logging in. If I connect other by going in login page it says same username and different IP.
    Also a weird thing happens, when I connect mobile to it. It automatically logs out after 15 min if I am active also but not in case laptop if I am active.
     
  13. Oct 28, 2015 #12
    What phone do you use? I've heard of phones being a hot spot (i.e. a wireless router) when connected to a mobile broadband connection (eg. 2G/3G/4G).

    My phone is capable of acting as a hot spot. I shall try later if I can create it to be one and then connect another device to it, whilst my phone is connected to our wireless router. I shall report back the results.
     
  14. Oct 28, 2015 #13
    Made the hot spot while connected to the wireless router. Connected my tablet to my phone, but I was unable to share the connection my phone had.

    Might be different on other phones.
     
  15. Oct 29, 2015 #14

    billy_joule

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    I had the same result.

    I was however able to have internet access on both my phone and desktop via the phones wifi using a usb tether.
     
  16. Oct 29, 2015 #15

    NascentOxygen

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    It may be feasibe to share your phone's internet using bluetooth tether or as billy_joule indicated, using a usb cable with usb tether.
     
  17. Oct 29, 2015 #16
    Interesting, I shall try that later (as well as NascentOxygen's suggestion, using bluetooth).
     
  18. Oct 29, 2015 #17
    My phone connected to our wireless router (mobile data was turned off), I allowed devices to connect to my phone via bluetooth. Successfully did that with my tablet (I had disabled my tablets ability to connect to the router), and was able to use the internet my phone was using also on my tablet.
     
  19. Oct 29, 2015 #18
    You should, firstly, approach the IT technical support at your university about this issue, to see if they can help.
     
  20. Oct 29, 2015 #19
    Yes, the bluetooth tethering is working without using mobile data. I am typing now here in PF using that mode of tethering!
    Thanks to all of you.
    Every student has having that problem, but then also it is kind of weird. I think it is for security reasons.
    Would then also try to ask if possible later.
     
  21. Oct 29, 2015 #20
    Glad you have it working. :)
     
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