Setting up my hotpot with new laptop, Acer Aspire 3

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pamela123
pamela123 Member Posts: 7 New User

The hotspot function from my android phone to my new laptop will work and allow me to get internet. I have tried to enter my IP address, change settings, try connecting with and without a password, etc. Ran out of options and this is frustrating because I always have to come to the library to work on my computer or be somewhere on a public wifi that isn't secure. Does someone have the expertise to walk me through the proper way to set this up? In my opinion it should have worked easily right out of the box, so it must be something I am not doing right.

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  • wascas
    wascas Member Posts: 1,212 Overclocked Contributor WiFi Icon
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  • pamela123
    pamela123 Member Posts: 7 New User
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    Thank you. I followed the directions, but my laptop says hosted network is not supported. The video doesn't cover that. What now?

  • JackE
    JackE ACE Posts: 44,691 Trailblazer
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    You may have to temporarily disable Bluetooth. Then press WIN+X. Click network settings. Click show available networks. Do you see the phone listed?

    Jack E/NJ

  • billsey
    billsey ACE Posts: 32,304 Trailblazer
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    My understanding of your question is that you are not trying to create a hotspot with the laptop, you are trying to connect to a hotspot your phone is creating, right? Is the phone setting up a typical WiFi hotspot or trying to do something odd with the network?

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  • pamela123
    pamela123 Member Posts: 7 New User
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    My laptop. although new, doesn't have “host network” capabilities, which means the Youtube video “How to Turn on Windows 10 Laptop in a Wifi Hotspot” directions does not explain what to do if the laptop doesn't have host network capabilities.

  • pamela123
    pamela123 Member Posts: 7 New User
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    do I need to disable bluetooth settings on my android phone or laptop or both?

  • pamela123
    pamela123 Member Posts: 7 New User
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    I disabled bluetooth on both devices. It now says its connected to my phone hotspot and I have unlimited data on my phone. It gives me all the bars as if I am connected to the internet but will not actually connect although it says I am connected.

  • JackE
    JackE ACE Posts: 44,691 Trailblazer
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    Just disable the laptop.bluetooth for now. The laptop bluetooth may be interfering with the laptop wifi connection to the phone.

    Jack E/NJ

  • billsey
    billsey ACE Posts: 32,304 Trailblazer
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    I kind of doubt that's the issue. More likely the phone isn't giving good DHCP settings to the laptop. With the laptop connected to the phone via the phone's hotspot, bring up Settings; Network; Properties in the WiFi and show us this section:

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  • pamela123
    pamela123 Member Posts: 7 New User
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    I have done it, unfortunately internet is still not functioning. Very strange. Usually this works right out of the box.

  • pamela123
    pamela123 Member Posts: 7 New User
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    Name: Local area connection *8

    Description: Microsoft Wifi Direct Virtual Adapter

    IPv6 address: fe80::7a7a:8ab0:c8fd:3003%14/64

    IPv4 address: 169.254.2.62/16

    Physical address: 9C-2F-9D-5B-5A-5B

    Status: Not operational

    Connectivity (IPv4/IPv6): Disconnected

    This did not show network band, network channel, link speed or IPv4 DNS servers

  • billsey
    billsey ACE Posts: 32,304 Trailblazer
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    OK, a 169.254.x.x address means it wasn't able to get a valid address from the DHCP server. That typically points to a problem with the hotspot or router. If you know the subnet being provided by the hotspot you could verify that by setting a static address, default gateway and DNS server. It's tough to diagnose farther though.

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  • JackE
    JackE ACE Posts: 44,691 Trailblazer
    edited March 2023
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    Call your phone company's tech support and let them handle it. You're paying them for the phone to act as a hotspot too.

    Jack E/NJ