I created a hot spot via network > wireless > use as hotspot.

Other laptops successfully detected the hot-spot,could connect and use it without any problem.

But no android phone could detect it.! I tried with many android phones but none could.(I found out that even an ad-hoc created in windows is not detected by any phone)

So is there anything wrong i am doing(rather i am not doing anything actually other than clicking on the "use as hotspot" button..but still..)? or is that the network cannot be shared with phones? and if not,how can i share it with phones?

  • A downvote? what for? – Nirmik Jun 12 '12 at 12:13
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    People probably downvoted because they didn't realize the question is about Ubuntu (which it was, since you created the ad-hoc network in Ubuntu and for all you knew there was an Ubuntu-specific fix). There is no reason for someone to have assumed you weren't using Ubuntu or that your question is not Ubuntu-related ...but people make mistakes. In the long run, upvotes will cancel out downvotes (including mistaken or random downvotes). – Eliah Kagan Jun 12 '12 at 17:32
  • @EliahKagan..Thanx a lot! m editing the title i guess to add IN UBUNTU ;) – Nirmik Jun 12 '12 at 17:35

I think Android doesn't support ad-hoc networking.

  • Then should i select "infrastructure" instead of "adhoc" – Nirmik Jun 12 '12 at 9:29
  • Give it a try. It will work if your Wireless Adapter supports it. It's safe. (I haven't tried that before, though) – wajed Jun 12 '12 at 9:58
  • That probably won't work. most wifi adapters do not support 'infrastructure' nets being hosted on them... – Thomas Ward Jun 12 '12 at 17:55

Android by default doesn't allow you to connect to ad-hoc networks. There are many patches available online that allow you to connect to ad-hoc networks, but you need to be root to apply the patch.


Please follow this tutorial to make the adhoc connection in ubuntu , act like a wifi hotspot .

We are using hostapd for creating the hotspot . to Install , type : sudo apt-get install hostapd

Copy the below config to a hostapd.conf in ur home folder .

replace the password with yours.

interface=wlan0 driver=nl80211 ssid=MyAP hw_mode=g channel=11 wpa=1 wpa_passphrase=MyPasswordHere wpa_key_mgmt=WPA-PSK wpa_pairwise=TKIP CCMP wpa_ptk_rekey=600

Then , simply create an adhoc connection and issue sudo hostapd hostapd.conf in the terminal .

For detailed explanation :



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