How to configure a home network using Android Phone

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When you purchase a smartphone on contract, you typically get a great data plan at high speeds, especially if you have a 3G or 4G LTE phone. You can use this connection to access Internet on your home computer or laptop even when the DSL connection or Wi-Fi connection is down. What’s more, with a bit of work, you can turn your Android phone in to a wireless hotspot that will allow you to connect multiple devices like your Xbox and tablet to a single home network.

To use your phone’s internet connection on a single PC or desktop, you have to tether your phone to the computer using a USB cable. Use an app like PdaNet that allows you to share your Internet connection without rooting your phone so that your warranty stays intact. Android phones with the Froyo update don’t charge extra for tethering and using the phone’s data connection.

Android phones with the Froyo updates have a built in wireless hotspot feature that lets multiple users use your phone’s data connection. If your phone does not have the Froyo update, then the phone must first be rooted. Before rooting your phone, remember that most manufacturer warranties are invalid if the phone has been rooted. Once your phone has been rooted, download the Android Wi-Fi Tether from the Android Marketplace.

Install the app. Some of the precautions that you should take before turning your phone into a wireless hotspot is making sure that you have an unlimited data plan and that your network is encrypted with a password. Once the app is launched, you will see the standard Wi-Fi logo. Click on Menu and Setup; Enable Wi-Fi encryption. Make sure that the SSID you choose is memorable as this is the network that your computer will search for and attempt to connect to. Choose a good password to protect the Wi-Fi network that you are about to set-up. Another precaution you can take is to switch on Access Control. This feature allows you to decide which devices can connect to your network.

Once these changes have been made and saved, go back to the app’s main screen and click the logo. You should see a message stating “Start Tethering”. Your phone will begin to broadcast a Wi-Fi signal. Check if you can find the new network on your computer’s list of wireless networks. Connect to the new network using the appropriate password. On your phone, you will see the new network appear in the notifications bar.

For your computer to now access the phone’s data connection, click on the computer’s name in your phone’s notification shade. The MAC address, computer name and IP address will be displayed and a green check mark will appear once your computer gets access to use the phone’s data plan. To stop the app from working, click on the grey Wi-Fi logo.

This process of rooting and using apps to tether your phone and create wireless hotspots is now built in to the Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean versions of Android.

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