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  1. sdowney717

    sdowney717 Well-Known Member
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    This is a verizon note 8.

    Can I somehow tell it to create a hotspot for wireless n or even g?
    I think all it does is ac?

  2. marctronixx


    If memory serves, you can select 5ghz or 2.4 ghz and password and encryption or not.

    I dont think you can change the speed (a/b/n/g).

    What are you trying to connect to it?
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  3. sdowney717

    sdowney717 Well-Known Member
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    A usb adapter wireless N. Phone does not appear in the list when that usb adapter is active.
    I have a laptop, I can turn off the internal AC card, so I can select either AC card or N usb adapter. The phone only sends out an AC wireless standard.

    The FIOS router sends out AC, N or more maybe also G, the usb adapter only sees the non 5g wireless from that router, I assume its N and AC from that router.

    If I buy an AC usb wireless adapter, 1200 mbs, will the desktop PC be able to connect to the S8 Note's hotspot?

    (The desktop PC is at the boat, I am testing the adapter on a laptop at home.) I need to use the phone as a hotspot for the desktop at the boat. So dont think the laptop is involved except for testing purposes of wireless adapters.
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  4. svim

    svim Extreme Android User

    Are you sure your Note 8's hotspot is an 'AC' only?
    It seems unlikely as smartphone hotspot capability trails even cheap routers, and 802.11n is still more prevalent in actual usage with 802.11ac routers only now becoming more common. It would probably be more of a 2.4GHz/5GHz band issue than a 802.11 protocol issue.
    How old is that current USB adapter? If it's old enough that it only supports 2.4GHz but not 5GHz that would be a more likely problem (... keep in mind a 802.11n router supports both 2.4GHz and 5GHz band networks).
    The hotspot setup menu in your Note 8 probably allows you to have a 2.4GHz or 5GHz band network, opt to use a 2.4GHz network instead, that should be more useful while testing that USB adapter
    Is there a readily available outlet for your Note's power adapter on that boat? Don't forget that having the hotspot enabled for an extended amount of time will tax your phone's battery quite a bit. Or at least pick up an external battery pack.

    Just to add:
    Samsung's site indicates your Note 8 supports 802.11a/b/g/n/ac:
    ... and from a more detailed point to back that up, looking at iFixit's tear-down for a Note 8, the WiFi chip itself is a Murata KM7628048 as shown in step 8:
    and a Murata spec sheet:
    Of course this probably pertains more for receiving than transmitting, but still it would be odd if the hotspot is indeed limited to AC only.
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  5. sdowney717

    sdowney717 Well-Known Member
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    I was able to connect. I had to use show advanced properties, then deselect 'use 5ghz band when available'.
    I disabled the intel ac wireless on the laptop, and the verizon hotspot from the s8 appears. I posted using it. Later I will test on the desktop pc.
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The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 release date was September 2017. Features and Specs include a 6.3" inch screen, 12MP camera, 6GB RAM, Exynos 8895 processor, and 3300mAh battery.

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