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    My daughter was having probs w her phone, and the only option for now is to used my ex's rooted thunderbolt. It will not hook up to wifi. after a minute or so of "turning on", it says "error". The phone will use 4G, but it obviously eats up data. I have no idea what the settings mean (WPA, WEP, DNLA...whatever), how to get to them on the phone, and even if they can be changed. Is there a way to UN-ROOT the phone?
     

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    Yes, but rooting has absolutely nothing to do with wifi (unless it was rooted with a program that damaged something).

    Go to Wifi in Settings, find the connection (your router) and press it. Choose Forget.

    Now go to your router. Look on the back and see if it has a WPS button or a button with the "Refresh" symbol (two arrows "chasing each others tails").

    If it does, press the button, then select your router from the ones showing on the phone and the phone will connect.

    If it doesn't, choose the connection for your router showing in the phone, enter the password and it'll connect.

    On the faint chance that you don't have a wireless router, you're now going to become a bit less clueless. Wifi is something you have to provide, it doesn't come out of the air, like rain. You have to have an internet connection in the house, and it has to have a wifi router connected to it. (If you're going to buy one, stick with Cisco or D-Link. They're more expensive than the junk, but the same price as other name-brand routers - they're just better. My 12 year old Linksys [which is not owned by Cisco, so that's the brand name now] finally died about 2 months ago - after 12 years of totally improper use that would have fried a lesser router in a month or so.)

    If you're trying to connect to a signal that's not yours, and it's secured (WEP, WPA), it needs a password for you to connect, and since you don't have the password, it's failing to connect. It's also a felony to use someone else's wifi signal, since the cable company providing the internet connection is being cheated out of the monthly fee you should be paying. Courts hold it to be theft of service. (They usually collect the monthly fee since that neighbor first got connected, unless you can prove [you didn't live there that long, etc.] that you haven't been stealing service that long.)

    You CAN legally connect to public hotspots, like McDonalds, Starbucks, the AT&T signals all over town - because in AT&T's case, they're the provider, so they can give a connection away fre if they like, and in the other cases, they pay for a connection they can share with customers (and it costs plenty).

    If you need more help, please create a free account here, so that you can answer in the thread, and not have the discussion scattered all over the forum.
     

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