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Samsung Note 10.1 Tablet - Making a Wi-Fi Hotspot

Updated on August 5, 2014

I had to snatch my Partners's new Samsung Note tablet.

When she bought this cool looking tablet I thought it might be yet another fad, even after helping her research it. But when we recently moved house to a different area, it became a real life saver with its Hotspot feature.

Of course I had to snatch it off her to get a Hotspot set up. I found It took a bit of working out how to do it, so I created this lens to help others who may need to set up a personal hotspot on this tablet.


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A little bit of background...

There was going to be a 6 week delay in getting the internet and/or telephone connection to the new address after we moved in, since the high speed fiber upgrade in the area was running well behind schedule. Discussions with our ISP (Internet Service Provider) meant getting a temporary connection would be too costly.

We had no smart phones in the house, but luckily the Samsung Note my Wife bought had the 3G SIM card option fitted. We asked around and found a provider who could supply a SIM card on a monthly basis with a small deposit + fixed download quota.

So now we had the means to create our own personal internet access by turning the Samsung Galaxy Note into a portable "Hot spot". This meant all our wireless devices could get online; the TV, Laptop and the Desktop PC(after buying a cheap USB wireless adapter for it that is)!

It also meant we had to carefully manage our usage for those 6 weeks to avoid exceeding the download capacity. But at least we could now get online thanks to our Samsung Note. And I could get some work done at last.

You need to have a SIM card optioned Samsung Galaxy Note (we used the 3G version tablet).

Must make sure your tablet can connect to the internet using your SIM card's mobile network.

Photo by me.  Shows Tethering and portable hotspot setting on our Samsung Note 10.1.
Photo by me. Shows Tethering and portable hotspot setting on our Samsung Note 10.1.

Steps to create a portable Wi-Fi Hotspot using your Samsung Note

To set up the Hotspot:

Tap on the displayed time at the bottom right hand corner of your screen

Tap "Settings"

Tap "more settings"

Tap "Tethering and portable hotspot"

Tap "Portable Wi-Fi hotspot"

Tap "Configure" (top right)

Type a name for your hotspot

Tap the drop down list below "Security"

Password protection: To ignore Tap "Open", To protect Tap "WPA PSK" or "WPA2 PSK"

Tap the field below "Password" and type a password

Tap "Save"

Tap the indicator to the right of "Portable Wi-Fi hotspot" until the function is enabled (goes green)

Tap "OK" on pop up message (only appears if wi-fi enabled)

Accessing your Hotspot

Samsung Note Hotspot diagram
Samsung Note Hotspot diagram

Excuse the scratchy diagram; minimum artistic skills ;-)

Connecting your wireless devices to the Samsung Hotspot

On the device you are connecting, ensure the wireless is turned on or enabled

View the list of available wireless networks and select the network name you gave your Samsung hotspot

Enter the password you created on your Samsung Note and establish a connection

Once the wireless connection to your tablet is made you can access the internet with your other device

Repeat the steps above to connect other devices

2014 Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Video Review

From the Mobile Tech reviewers is this in-depth comparison with the original Note 10.1

Please Share Your Experience - Have easy have you found it to create a hotspot with the Samsung note 10.1?

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    • DANCING COWGIRL profile image

      Dancing Cowgirl Design 3 years ago from Texas

      I have a tablet just like this one and love it. I didn't know that you could get a sim card for it to use as a hot spot. That's pretty neat.