5 Replies Latest reply: Jan 2, 2012 11:18 AM by readykilowatt RSS

    Tethering instructions

      I'm signed up with mobile hotspot (including extra fee), using a new SIM card, etc. Hotspot works just fine, but tethering doesn't. Phone is connected USB, as soon as I click on the "click to tether" checkbox it starts then unchecks. PC shows disconnected all the time.


      2 questions:


      1) does the new SIM card allow for tethering? My GS1 on old SIM did.


      2) Are the settings the same? IIRC the GS1 showed up as an ethernet adaptor in Ubuntu Linux (and Windows) and just worked. But there's also the old style settings (dial *99#, wap.voicestream.com), but I think the last time I used that was with my Nokia N900.


      I can use the Mobile Hotspot but I just don't want to advertise my Internet. Yes, it has a strong passphase, but sitting here in an airport with a 3 hour layover means potentially people can sit and hack away. Besides, it isn't charging the battery at all having both radios active.

        • 1. Re: Tethering instructions

          Here are the correct steps:


          Important: You must use the USB cable that comes with your phone.

          Tethering works with Windows® 7, Windows XP, Windows Vista®, and Mac OS X. For more information about tethering and operating systems, visit www.android.com/tether.


          For Windows XP, you must install the appropriate driver on your computer before you can tether. To install the driver, go to http://tinyurl.com/GS2Tether


          Note: When you connect your phone to your computer with a USB cable, you can either tether or access files on the phone’s memory card, but you cannot do both. If you want to use your computer to access the memory card, you must turn off tethering.


          Tether Your Phone


          To share your mobile data connection with a single computer by tethering, follow these steps:


          1. Connect a USB cord to the phone, then to a computer.
          2. If necessary, tap the Home key or the Back key (do NOT select a USB mode).
          3. From any Home screen, tap the Menu key.
          4. Tap Settings
          5. Tap Wireless and network .
          6. Tap Tethering and portable hotspot .
          7. Tap to select the USB tethering check box .
          8. Read the alert and tap OK.
          9. When done, safely disconnect the device from the computer.


          Your phone starts sharing its mobile network data connection with your computer via the USB connection.

          • 2. Re: Tethering instructions

            why a sim car with $50.00 moth plan is able to Tethering  and sim card with $60.00 not in the same  galaxy s2 phone?

            • 3. Re: Tethering instructions

              Are both your sim card TM9177?

              • 4. Re: Tethering instructions

                Here's an update: I am able to tether when booted in Windows. Strangely enough, I'm also able to tether in Linux when the phone is connected to a wifi network (disabled PC's internal wifi adaptor). However, when connecting to the 4G network the phone connects for a second then disconnects. So it's looking like a Linux problem. I'll post whatever I find out here in case someone else has the same problem down the road.

                • 5. Re: Tethering instructions

                  The old SIM card wasn't a TM9177 but the new one is.