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Need security key for 3g Mobile Hotspot

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by drossiii333, May 15, 2011.

  1. drossiii333

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    The 3g Mobile Hotspot was installed when I upgraded the OS on my Defy from T-Moble. The hot spot works well for my IPad2, but my laptop is asking for a security key. When I contacted T-Mobile, they tried to charge me but found their system does not recognize the 3g Mobile Hotspot being supported for their Defy. They could not give me a security key. Does anyone have a suggestion on how to get the key?

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  2. RLBorg

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    If I am correct the security key it is asking for is one that you personally make up. Just like if you were to set up a router at home. You put a key on it to restrict who can get access.

    To create a good secure key you want at least one of each of the following, and multiple of some to have 6+ characters, and I think the Defy needs 7+

    lower case charater: a-z
    number: 0-9
    Special character: !, @ # $ % ^ & * ( ( < > { } etc.....

    Do NOT use any words. Password guessing software use those first. Plus replacing characters with similar characters are ones they guess. i and !, o and zero etc....

    I hope that helps
  3. drossiii333

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    Thanks for taking the time to respond. After speaking with my provider they told me they did not recognize my phone as having hotspot capabilities, therefore they could not help me set up a security code. They also, cannot bill me when I use it. The application did not direct me to set up a security key, so I have to be careful when I use it.

    Right now, I have an unprotected hotspot, but at no cost.
  4. RLBorg

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    Well once you get past the first time screen it doesn't seem to ask you again.

    I have the Defy as well. When you startup 3G Mobile Hotspot, make sure it is OFF.
    Then hit then menu key.
    Then click on Advanced.
    Next Wi-Fi AP mode
    You can setup any name or leave the default one.
    The best security is WPA2. So use that unless the other device can't.
    Under that it allows you to set the password.

    That is the one you want to set to lock down who can use your phones data plan. You CERTAINLY do not want others using it. Yes T-Mobile has unlimited data plans. HOWEVER, they do slow you down when you use multiple Gig. Not sure if it is 2 or 4 gig. A PC can certainly eat up that quickly. Think about someone downloading/streaming music, or video.
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  5. drossiii333

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    It worked beautifully. Thanks for the step by step. FYI, I really love this android phone. Lots of iPhone similarities and Apps, but smaller and an unlimited T-Mobile Data Plan.

    Thanks for taking the time to respond and helping me. :D

  6. RLBorg

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    There are a few problems with it though. It does seem to do some auto dialing. Definately have to make sure it is off before putting it away. Tough even holding the sides of the phone I glance away and find that it has seemingly picked someone at random and called them.

    Also I would still get a screen protector. Even though the glass is tougher, I had one start to get some small scratches. Probably because I figured it was tough and hadit in the same pocket with keys etc.....
  7. ReplaSkillz

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    Hi I have the newer Motorola Defy that came with Android 2.2, and I had the 3G Wireless Hotspot working, until I went to Jamaica about a month ago, I was there for two weeks. And when I came back the app wasnt working, anyone else having this problem?

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The Motorola Defy release date was October 2010. Features and Specs include a 3.7" inch screen, 5MP camera, 512GB RAM, TI OMAP 3610 processor, and 1540mAh battery.

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