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Connecting Android Tablet and Phone to Ethernet Connection on Laptop

Discussion in 'Web & Email' started by moviebuff_1990, Oct 31, 2011.

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  1. moviebuff_1990

    moviebuff_1990 Thread Starter

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    Sorry if I sound like a complete novice (because I am one) but the problem basically presents itself.
    I have a Dell Inspiron with Windows Vista (don't ask me why) which is connected to the internet via an ethernet port (because I live in a college dorm).
    So I tried to convert this into a wifi for my Samsung phone and tablet androids by making it into an adhoc connection, but they didnt register it. After much Google-ing I realised that androids don't support ad-hoc connections.
    I even tried installing Connectify. But once again it created an ad-hoc connection as my laptop is Vista, which is incompatible.

    I also read all this stuff about rooting your phone etc. which basically scared the hell out of me because I don't want to damage my devices and I'm afraid I might just, if I mess it up. They work absolutely fine otherwise.

    So basically my question is, is there ANY way (an app, a software; no configuration required please) in which I can connect an android device to an Ethernet internet connection via Vista?

    Thanks in advance. Especially to those who can explain in easy language. :eek:

    Complete NOVICE
     
  2. pip22

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    You cannot connect a phone to anything via ethernet unless the phone has an ethernet port, and I know of none which have such a port.

    To connect a cellphone to the internet via wireless, there must be a wireless modem or router within range in the building, and that wireless router must already be connected to the internet.
     
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    What is the college's policy on (you) adding wireless capability in the dorm? If you don't know, please ask the IT department.
     
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