Imagine yourself in a situation where there is Ethernet but the Wi-Fi signal is very poor or no signal at all. All of a sudden, you need to access the internet from your smartphone via Wi-Fi but you don’t have a Wi-Fi router with you. No worries. If you have an Android mini PC, you can configure the “Portable Hotspot” function to transform it into a secure Wi-Fi access point.
- Assuming you’ve connected your device with an Ethernet cable, the first thing you need to do is go to the Settings and enable Ethernet and disable Wi-Fi.
- Next click on Settings>More.. in the Wireless and Networks section and select “Tethering and portable hotspot” or “Portable hotspot” depending on your device.
- On the next screen, click on Portable Wi-Fi hotspot to enable it, then “Set up Wi-Fi Hotspot” to optionally change the Network SSID and Security Protocol. You will be prompted for a password. On providing the password click on Save, and you’re done.
- Finally, connect your smartphone to your Android mini PC SSID, by default “AndroidAP”. This method has been tried with Tronsmart Vega S89 Elite, and it was a great success.