Guide on Using Android Device As Wi-Fi Extender
You can use your Android device as Wi-Fi router with this tethering trick.
Wi-Fi signals that are out of reach can be frustrating. When it seems like your Wi-Fi signals do not go as far as you would like, you can use your Android device to extend the signals. The device picks up the signal and repeats it so other devices can connect to it.
This will, however, require you to root your device. Though there are some options you can use if your device is not rooted. One of these options is the process called tethering. It uses your phone or tablet as a portable hotspot. You may also tether with the use of a USB Cable. Tethering, however, may charge you with a fee.
In this tutorial though, you will learn tricks on how to use your device as Wi-Fi extender.
fqrouter2 is an app that helps convert your device into an extender. You can find this app from Google Play store. As soon as you launch the app, it may or may not require you to update to the latest version. If so, just follow instructions.
Enable Wi-Fi Repeater
Turn on your Wi-Fi and get connected. Launch the fqrouter2 app and go to the Wi-Fi repeater option. Tap to the off slider to turn it on. You will know it is on when the slider turns green. The Wi-Fi signal is now repeated by your device.
Customize The Signal
You can alter the signal repeated by going to the configuration button. Enter a name for that signal and make a new password. Save them and you’re now ready to begin using it.
Testing The Signal
You can test the signal by using another device. Search the signal using that device. Once you have found the signal, connect to it and check the status of the internet.
You can also use Wi-Fi hotspot if your device is not rooted. It can still allow you to share the connection. Turn on the Wi-Fi of the device, go to its settings. Tap on More and go to Tethering & Portable Hotspot. Tap on it and start tethering.
- Customize Portable Hotspot
You can also change your portable hotspot setting by going to the Set up Wi-Fi Hotspot. Assign a new name to it and create a password. You may also want to check your carrier’s policy to see if it may cause you additional charges.
Tethering With USB
You may also use a USB Cable to tether your Android device. You can download and install the app ClockworkMod Tether from the Play store. This app unzips the tether software of your computer with the help of the links listed in the app.
Connect The Device
With the use of a USB Cable, connect your device to the computer. Make sure you have a connection through Wi-Fi or data connection. Launch the Tether software in the computer and grant the permission it may require from you.
Start the tethering once the program is loaded. You will be notified that you can access the internet when a message read as “Tether has connected” appears. Tethering can be use for 14 days unlimited. The connection will then be restricted to 20 MB per day after the 14 days.
For Windows user, the drivers for the smartphone need to be installed first before you can connect to the PC. You can find drivers in www.clockworkmod.com/tether/drivers. For faster speed connection with Tether, make sure that there are no other devices connected to the USB ports of your PC.
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