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Galaxy 5 and tethering.
April 10, 2015
2:36 pm
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Jean Watson
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I’ve been using my galaxy 5 as a hot spot with foxfi and its working great. There are time I would like to tether my phone to the computer. I’ve tried but I’m can’t get it to work. Have you had any luck? any suggestions?Yell

April 13, 2015
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hmmmm I think I’ve done that successfully with my windows 8 computer and PDANet. You have the latest software on the computer?

November 23, 2015
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Steve Fischer
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I have just recently (yesterday) encountered the opposite problem.

I have the Samsung S5 and have been using FoxFi successfully for a long time now on Win10.

Yesterday I could not get the phone to connect thru FoxFi to use as a mobile hotspot.  It

will get to a point of trying to “activate” and finally indicates that I need to contact Verizon

(and pay their fee, of course).  

I’ve tried re-booting the phone several times and also re-named the network, but to no

avail.

The PDANet works fine on the computer end when I use a USB cable to tether.

I haven’t noticed any software updates from Verizon recently which might be attempting

to prevent me from using the FoxFi app as in the past.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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November 23, 2015
10:14 pm
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As of Friday, Nov 20, the WiFi on FoxFi seems to have stopped working on Verizon. We are NOT happy!

We certainly hope that FoxFi comes up with a fix, but right now, we have no news on that front. See our facebook page for all that we now know.

November 24, 2015
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I have the Samsung S5 on Verizon with the family 10GB/month plan. Maybe it’s the plan I have, but I do not get charged by Verizon to turn on the “Hot Spot” or tether the phone to the computer.

I go to settings, more networks, mobil hotspot, and just turn it on. There is also the “tether” option. 

November 24, 2015
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Yes, Fred – it is because of the plan you have. A family ‘share-everything’ plan includes the ability to “hotspot” your phone.

We have a grandfathered unlimited data plan – when on the road, we use 25-30 GB each – there is no way to use Verizon directly to hotspot our phone without changing our plan. So, we use FoxFi (aka PDANet) which, until last Friday, had a way around the Verizon limitation.

Luckily, we are settled in a Condo for the next couple of months, with Fiber Internet. I sure hope FoxFi releases an update with another workaround or we’ll be in bad shape when we get back on the road. We should still be able to cable the phone to one computer and get Internet that way, but we usually use the hotspot feature, then let our WiFi Ranger router provide Internet for all our devices – tablets, printers, Echo, etc. RV living won’t be the same.

There is another app like FoxFi called Easy Tether. We need to check that out. To anyone reading this – if you use Easy Tether please let us know your experience.

November 24, 2015
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I did find an App that is supposed to hotspot your Android phone, but you need to root it. We hesitate to do that, but we may have no choice. The app is WiFi Tether Router.

A quick look at Easy Tether in the Play store: 
  Free version is incompatible with my Samsung phone

  $9.99 Pro version claims to work.  We will try it out soon. If anyone else tries it, please let us know your experience.

November 26, 2015
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I’m happy to report that as of this post my WiFi version of FoxFi is working correctly again.   SmileSmile

Steve and Karen
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November 26, 2015
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Woo Hoo!

Me too.

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