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Android phone can't connect to Windows 8.1 Wi-Fi hotspot

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    Android phone can't connect to Windows 8.1 Wi-Fi hotspot


    Hi All,

    I have a Dell laptop running Windows 8.1 connected to the internet through a mobile broadband connection. I am trying to share this connection with my Android phone (Samsung Galaxy Pocket) by creating a Wi-Fi hotspot but nothing I do seems to work.

    Hereís the problem: I can create the Wi-Fi hotspot and connect to it on my phone but there is no internet connectivity; i.e. my phone says itís connected but every time I try to browse the internet or use anything on my phone that requires internet connection it fails to load. Internet works fine (perfectly up to speed) on my laptop.

    The problem is not my phone; it connects fine to other Wi-Fi networks e.g. Wi-Fi routers etc. It is as if my computer is only sharing a very slow internet connection.

    I have tried using the built in sharing option (i.e. PC settings>Network>Connections>MTN-SA>Share this connection), desktop programs such as Connectify or MyPublicWifi (which stop my computer from connecting to mobile broadband at all), and command prompt (netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=NetworkName key=MyPassword) but they all have the same problem that I described earlier.

    If anyone has any ideas I would be grateful to hear them!
    Thanks,

    William Dry.

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  2. #2


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    You need to bridge the Wifi adapter to the Mobile connection in Windows.
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  3. #3


    Quote Originally Posted by williamdry View Post
    Hi All,

    I have a Dell laptop running Windows 8.1 connected to the internet through a mobile broadband connection. I am trying to share this connection with my Android phone (Samsung Galaxy Pocket) by creating a Wi-Fi hotspot but nothing I do seems to work.

    Hereís the problem: I can create the Wi-Fi hotspot and connect to it on my phone but there is no internet connectivity; i.e. my phone says itís connected but every time I try to browse the internet or use anything on my phone that requires internet connection it fails to load. Internet works fine (perfectly up to speed) on my laptop.

    The problem is not my phone; it connects fine to other Wi-Fi networks e.g. Wi-Fi routers etc. It is as if my computer is only sharing a very slow internet connection.

    I have tried using the built in sharing option (i.e. PC settings>Network>Connections>MTN-SA>Share this connection), desktop programs such as Connectify or MyPublicWifi (which stop my computer from connecting to mobile broadband at all), and command prompt (netsh wlan set hostednetwork mode=allow ssid=NetworkName key=MyPassword) but they all have the same problem that I described earlier.

    If anyone has any ideas I would be grateful to hear them!
    Thanks,

    William Dry.
    Have you tried using virtual router + to set this up?

    Virtual Wifi Hotspot for Windows 7 & 8 - Download: VirtualRouterPlus 2.3.0

    Try this setting on your PC. Go to Wireless Adapter settings. Right click your adapter and choose properties. Click configure. Go to the Advanced Tab. There you will see a box called Property with a list of items. Look for "Wireless Mode" Click on it. you will then see a value box appear to the right of it. Look and see what it's set on. Click on the pull down in the value box and change it to IEE 802.11 b/g. Then reboot both devices and cross your fingers.

    Changing encryption or using no encryption may also help.
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    Hi chev65,

    When I try and start Virtual Router + the following Error message comes up:
    Virtual Router Plus could not be started. Supported hardware may not have been found.
    What does this mean? Is my Wi-Fi driver not configured properly or something?

    On my wireless adapter settings there is no "Wireless Mode". It is Dell Wireless 1703 802.11b|g|n (2.4GHz) wireless driver and in the Property box you described it only lists the following:

    802.11b Preamble
    802.11n Bandwidth
    Network Address
    Receive Buffers
    Scan Valid Interval
    Transmit Buffers

    I have no idea what any of these mean. Could it be one of these that you were referring to?

    Hi broe23,

    I'm not sure what you mean. Could you please explain what that means and how to do that?

    Thanks for all your help,
    William Dry.
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  5. #5


    The only requirement is that the driver for the Dell 1703 needs to be a WHQL Windows approved driver because those drivers come with the Microsoft Wi-Fi Direct Virtual Adapter as is highlighted in the picture. This Dell NIC many not have those adjustments I mentioned earlier.

    You need to click on the "View" tab then choose "show hidden devices" in order to see these extra items.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Msoft Wi-Fi Direct Virtual Adapter.PNG  
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    So how can I make sure that it is a Windows approved driver? I seem to have an awful number of network adapters. I also seem to have two Microsoft Wi-Fi Direct Virtual Adapters, not sure why. Here is a screenshot of my network adapters in case that help you to understand my problem.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Screenshot (16).png  
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    If the Msoft Wi-Fi direct adaptor shows up that means it's a WHQL driver.

    You should probably uninstall all the ones that appear to be ghosted, Windows will install any that it needs on reboot or choose the scan for changes options.

    If you are trying to share a connection with only 2 bars signal strength that may not work very well for you.

    If you can post a screen shot of the ipconfig/all from this machine it might show me other problems.
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    There is always only 2 bars but I generally pick up either HSUPA or UMTS signal which means my internet speed is minimum 3Mbps download speed (I checked at Speedtest.net by Ookla - The Global Broadband Speed Test ) which I would have thought is fast enough.

    I presume you mean I must type
    Code:
    ipconfig/all
    into command prompt? Well here it is (2 images). If that is what you mean you could have made it a bit clearer by wrapping the command in code tags (as I have done)
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Screenshot (17).png   Screenshot (18).png  
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    After reading around on this it seems that android phones in particular have trouble connecting to many different WiFi hotspots.

    There are similar complaints at the Windows 7 forum with android not connecting to WiFi hotspots as well.

    If I had a nickel for every time I've had to wrap ipconfig/all in code tag I'd be a freaking millionaire by now.
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    Haha ok, well thanks for your help... Maybe it is just my phone. Not sure if I should mark this thread as solved or not? I haven't solved my problem...
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