Had some problems connecting my Laptop with Win 7 Ultimate x86 to my UK SGSII on O2... the phone is configured to tether, it's in my data plan contract, can be seen by Windows but when I try to connect I simply get 'could not connect to wireless network'. This is whether the wireless network is secured or not? Anyone else had this problem?
Hmmm... I was paraphrasing... the actual message I got was;
'Windows was unable to connect to <SSID>'
There's no other info than that apart from windows troubleshooting process and more generic info on network connectivity issues.
The difficult thing is that I know wireless works on this PC. Using it now on my Virgin Media home network no problem. And the SGSII connects to other wireless networks fine too.
Does anyone know how to configure USB tethering please? I thought I might have to use Kies to do that but couldn't see an option? I thought taking out the Wi Fi aspect might be a good starting point but I'm not sure where to start with a USB tethering connection...
PS - for the complete picture I'm using a IBM ThinkPad T43 Laptop...
I have the same problem.
I have an unlocked SII from a UK supplier that I am using in the US with my AT&T sim.
Everything on the phone works like a dream apart from the portable WiFi Hotspot.
I can find the network on both my Blackberry 8900 and also my laptop but the Blackberry will only connect for a few seconds and the laptop gives me the same message as Robdy2k.
Is this a software/hardware malfunction on a few units? Anyone else have this issue?
I've exhausted AT&T's Technical Capabilities on this, especially as they do not have the SII over here yet.
Samsung don't want to know either, they tell me that it is a network issue.
I had the AT&T chaps try my sim in a US Infuse 4G and the mobile hotspot worked but I don't want to have to buy another phone, and a slightly inferior one at that, just for this feature.
Anyone have any thoughts?
I have used this feature quite a bit with my work Vista laptop as well as my own Linux laptop, my old iPhone and my son's iPod. I'm also on O2 (and we're both in Yorkshire) so yours definitely should work.
Try connecting with different devices and see whether it never works or if it depends on the device connecting. At least that way you will know where to focus.
I am also on AT&T using a SG S2.
Initially had a similar problem:
Could join the hotspot "network" via Wifi, but no internet access.
Then rebooted the SG S2, rejoined the hotspot network, and no further problems.
Wifi tethering worked great.
Good to hear that it CAN work on a SG S2 on AT&T . . . now I just have to sort out why it doesn't work on my particular SG S2.
I've rebooted a number of times and still no further forward.
Was there anything unique about your data plan? I'm on the $45 4gb tethering capable data plan, I'm guessing that you'd be the same?
I have a SGII from free market, I have this same a problem with conection my IBM t43 to SG2. I check three diferent IBM with internal Intel 2200 wireles card and all hawe this problem (windows XP). Another wireles card inserted to IBM T43 works corectly. The IBM T43 laptops work corectly with SGi9000. I thing that must by a software problem in this phone.
I had this trouble with my laptop where my laptop didnt seem to install the right drivers but it worked on my PC which had Kies on and installed the proper samsung drives . So I installed Kies onto my laptop and this fixed the problem.
Robdy2k & others,
I have had trouble connecting to my wifi and also using as a wifi hotspot when the SSID you choose contains a space or symbol instead of just a plain single word mix of numbers and letters.
On Wifi tethering it by default creates a SSID name of "Androidhotspotxxxx" which should work ok. Did you change this from the default in the "configure portable wi-fi hotspot" dialog? Worth a try - at least to eliminate another variable.
Probably not much help but this guide really helped me see if it notices anything you're doing wrong? The pictures on the guide are really useful as well. I had to open internet explorer for the first time connection so see if that makes a difference if your using Firefox or Chrome.
Last edited by kebark; August 2nd, 2011 at 05:10 PM.
Hi all, I've had problems with tethering my laptop to my phones 3g connection using the tethering ap on my S2, I'm not sure if it is the exact same problem as everyone else, I've kind of come up with a work around, but it's a bit of a pain.
The problem as I see it is that the phone has a default SSID (AndriodAP) and a default password, (which I won't divulge, but if your's does the same thing as mine, tap the box that says show password you'll see what yours is).
I've tried changing the SSID from the default to something more relative to me, I've also tried changing the password, but everytime I do, and then either exit the ap, or even then switch on, my S2 forgets the changes that I have just made and reverts to its defaults again.
The only way I can use my own SSID or password is to activate tethering on my phone is to activate the ap, and then enter my own SSID and password in the ap's settings and connect to that... which is a bit of a pain.
An easier work around for me was to give up, and to set my laptop to connect to the SSID AndroidAP and use the default password, and hope that no-one else can hijack my connection.
It would be interesting to know if other people can get the same workaround as me to work, and if their password is a hex key (numbers and letters a-f) which starts with '4cf6'
I had to create an account to post this for those of you that are having similar issues. When I was running xp it was fine... no problem but as soon as I upgrade to win 7. That's when I couldn't tether. I downloaded the new version of wifi-tether, barnacle and still it wouldn't connect. Ran new updates and all ... still nothing. I decided to go to the intel website to see if there was an update for my wireless card, which is 5300 AGN for dell laptop E6400. I downloaded it and after the installation... it connected with no problem. So find out what the manufacture your wiresless card is and download a new driver for it... then it should work.
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