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I would like to use the hotspot feature for more than one device at a time. Suggestions for an inexpensive router.

Thanks

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I was also going to recommend The GL.iNET routers.  The documentation with them, at least the models I have,,  are not the best.  But with a little muddling through, you should get it set up,  

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On 9/28/2020 at 1:03 PM, Tom_M said:

I use a GL.iNET GL-AR150 Mini Travel Router. Available from Amazon for $26.50.

GL.iNET GL-AR150 Mini Travel Router from Amazon

Tom, I got this router after seeing you recommend it for the same reason Ski wants one:  Using my Visible phone for more than one device.

But I'm having trouble setting it up...what I've done so far is outlined in a post I made here:

Can you walk me through how to set it up?  I'm not technically minded, but I can follow directions.  😄

Feel free to PM me if you wish.

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On 9/28/2020 at 11:01 AM, SWharton said:

What I do is link my computer to the Visible hot spot and then everyone can use my computer address. No need for a router.

Can you explain how to link two computers together so that they can use the same hotspot?  I have a Windows 10 and DH has a Chromebook.

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On W10 I go to PC Settings and search for Hot Spot, go to Mobile Hotspot and connect the computer to the phone. That gives you a wifi signal and everything can connect to that. Works fine for everything we do from some streaming, email, web browsing. Make sure you have everything set up on the phone and PC no to go to sleep.

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7 hours ago, SWharton said:

On W10 I go to PC Settings and search for Hot Spot, go to Mobile Hotspot and connect the computer to the phone. That gives you a wifi signal and everything can connect to that. Works fine for everything we do from some streaming, email, web browsing. Make sure you have everything set up on the phone and PC no to go to sleep.

I went to Settings on my computer, found the Mobile Hotspot page.  I turned on "Share my Internet connection with other devices."  Selected "Wi-Fi" for "Share my Internet connection over."

Went to DH's computer and found my computer's Network name in the list of Wi-Fi networks available.  Clicked on it and entered the Network password given on the Mobile Hotspot page and got this message:

"Failed to connect to network "moto g(7) power 1599 unrecognized error: too many stas"

So, while DH's computer used my network's name and password, it's actually seeing the Visible phone.  And, of course, the Visible phone will only connect to one device at a time.  So this doesn't work for me.

Am I missing a step from above?

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Did you first get the wifi from your phone connected to the computer? Once Pc to phone is connected, then you turn on the computer hot spot.

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4 hours ago, SWharton said:

Did you first get the wifi from your phone connected to the computer? Once Pc to phone is connected, then you turn on the computer hot spot.

Yes, the computer connects to the phone's hotspot automatically when the hotspot is turned on.

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I wouldn't be concerned about what is seen. Once your computer connects to the Visible, everything else should connect to your PC.

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51 minutes ago, SWharton said:

I wouldn't be concerned about what is seen. Once your computer connects to the Visible, everything else should connect to your PC.

But it didn't.  I outlined above what steps I took and what the outcome was.  

50 minutes ago, SWharton said:

I use W10, is that what you are using?

 

Windows 10.

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I have no idea what is different between our W10s. Everything you did was what I do and I have done this on multiple computers.

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I have the same setup, except I am using the more versatile AR-750. I have set the same one up for a friend who is not so computer literate. The document is too big to post here. If you PM me, I would be happy to email it.

A couple of things to note. First, only use the Visible phone to provide internet to the router. Do not use it to try to access the router's admin page. In fact, Wifi for the Visible phone should be turned off.

Also, there are two USB ports on the router. The smaller one (like the one on your phone) is only to power the router. Make sure it's plugged into the power supply that came with it and any lights are on. The larger USB port (that looks like one on a PC or laptop is the one you plug your Visible phone into.

Once you have done that. Connect to the routers user interface using another phone, PC, tablet, or anything that can display a web page. That's how you configure the router. Let me know if you want a more detailed explanation or a copy of the document.

I hope I made this clearer and not more confusing.

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Thank you, Michael.  I sent you a PM with my email address so that you can send me the document you mentioned.

I did have a question about this statement regarding the router: "Make sure it's plugged into the power supply that came with it and any lights are on."  My router didn't come with a power supply.  It did come with a power cord, one end of which is inserted in the router and the other end I've been inserting into the USB port on my computer...the green light comes on, so I know the router is getting power.  Perhaps this is what you were talking about?

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As long as the router has power. You should be able to use most chargers. I am not sure if this model requires high power chargers or standard, older ones will work.

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I purchased the GL.iNet router Bill Joyce mentioned in his post. Couldn't pass up the Mango color. :)

10 bucks and change. Used a $10 coupon from Amazon. Arrives Tuesday. Will be using on Visible to complement my AT&T Mobley. Visible hotspot 22.9 Mpbs. Mobley hotspot 25.4 Mbps. Ran download test a couple minutes ago in Floral City, FL.

Yes, Floral City with no flowers in Citrus County with no citrus. I thought that was interesting. It doesn't take much to amuse me.

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I want to give a shout out to mrschwarz (Michael) for helping me get the router set up.  I was successfully able to do so after he sent me the document he referenced above.  I would never have been able to figure out how do get the router set up all on my own!

Thanks, Michael!

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