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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by tyneusch, Mar 23, 2011.

  1. tyneusch

    tyneusch Well-Known Member
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    Has anyone used their Xoom as a hotspot for a laptop or another device? If you have, what programs are you useing to do so?

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  2. pwscott

    pwscott Newbie

    I am using the Xoom to replace my MyFi on Verizon so hotspot is key.

    It's not an app per se like on a Droid X, but a setting in the Networks:

    Settings > Settings > Wireless & Networks > Tethering and portable hotspot

    You enable it there and can use USB, Wifi or Bluetooth to tether. You get to name the SSID for Wifi and select your own PSK or 'Pre-shared Key' for WPA-PSK encryption. [Note that I had to reboot once to get it working first time- you hold power and up volume until it restarts].

    Enjoy. Let me know how it's working? I wonder if my Xoom sleeps and I put it in my briefcase while the laptop is tethered does it still work? Have not had any real time to experiment.
  3. Don S

    Don S Android Enthusiast

    Ditto. Working great for me as well.
  4. Amatherly

    Amatherly Newbie

    I've used it seems bit to tether my laptop, and it stays connected when my Xoom is sleeping and in my bag at my feet. I generally turn the screen off manually, and don't get any interruption in service.
  5. mellyf

    mellyf Lurker

    How does that work? I've currently got a Mifi w/ Verizon, but when I checked on upgrading it to the Xoom (just online...not at a Verizon store), it said upgrading would require a plan change, which I don't want to do, since I've got unlimited data grandfathered in at a better price than what it's currently offered.
  6. etacarinae

    etacarinae Newbie

    :)Rather than sign a contract with verizon I use the wifi hot spot on my Optimus t that's on the $1.49 a day prepayed plan with t-mobile and use that to hook up with xoom&laptop save a bundle. :)
  7. TPadden

    TPadden Newbie

    Verizon doesn't charge any fee for using a Xoom hotspot since that is one of it's intended uses - they just deduct data used from your Xoom data plan. On the negative side an unlimited Xoom plan isn't offered.
  8. Deleted User

    Deleted User Guest

    When I get my Xoom next month I am getting the wifi only version because I use wifi at my house most of the time and when I am on the go I can use my Samsung Vibrant as a mobile hotspot and get online on the Xoom that way.
  9. TPadden

    TPadden Newbie

    Sounds like a good plan - for your use :).

    I use mine on the go quite a bit and don't want to always be recharging my phone.
  10. Deleted User

    Deleted User Guest

    Yea, I suppose the mobile hotspot takes up a lot of battery life in your phone.
  11. etacarinae

    etacarinae Newbie

    I keep my phone plug in when using for an hour or longer at home.:rolleyes:
  12. androidguy65

    androidguy65 Well-Known Member

    Is that true? I was going to hotspot Saturday but realized I am on the cheapest plan and I figured that I needed a higher plan. Are you positive or should I contact Verizon?
  13. clb2196

    clb2196 Android Enthusiast

    Can't speak for them, but I'm positive. I asked Verizon specifically. No extra fee for using the Xoom as a hotspot, just gets taken out of your regular usage.
  14. androidguy65

    androidguy65 Well-Known Member

    Good to know. Now I can tether to my phone when I travel. (I hate att dead zones)

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