Lately, I have been trying to share my internet to my android tab(Samsung Galaxy tab 2, 10.1) via Wifi hotspot.

What I did:

I have used KDE network manager to create a wifi(shared) profile with WPA/WPA2 encryption security. Then, I have connected to that network using "Connect to hidden wifi networks", and it showed that it has been connected.

What is happening:

But, when I am looking for that hotspot using my android tab, the device is not finding the wifi network.

Any help in this regard would be appreciated. Thank you. :)

Information used: (http://ubuntuhandbook.org/index.php/2014/06/share-internet-with-android-ubuntu-1404/) PS: I am a fresh Ubuntu(linux) OS user :)


I've been using this method for a while to share between 3 android devices (Nexus 7 , Nexus 9 and Desire 816) as well as the odd laptop and it works without a hitch on Ubuntu 14.10 using unity.

I think the main difference and the only change you may need to make is changing the connection type to ap as described in the guide i linked.

  • Hi, thanks for replying. I have followed this tutorial. :/ steps I followed, i) turned off the wifi, created a wifi profile, ii) edited that file, set the variable as mode=ap, then I have connected to the network using "Connect to hidden wifi network", but my android device can't find the hotspot. :( – Skynet094 Dec 20 '14 at 9:13
  • No worries , my other suggestion is trying an app called ap-hotspot it has worked for me in the past – MuffinStateWide Dec 20 '14 at 9:16
  • Thanks again, I have tried ap-hotspot , I used this link:askubuntu.com/questions/453877/… , it worked somewhat, I could find the wifi hotspot channel using my tab, but each time I tried to connect, it shows authentication error( I am sure I am typing the password correctly). :/ – Skynet094 Dec 20 '14 at 9:19
  • do you have hostapd, dnsmasqand bridge-utils installed? I think dnsmasq and burdge-utilshandle the authentication and address leasing stuff – MuffinStateWide Dec 20 '14 at 9:21
  • my bad , its supposed to say bridge-utils . i cant change it yet – MuffinStateWide Dec 20 '14 at 9:30

Yes it does.

I used this post and it worked finally!


One note: Delete the prior installation of ap-hotspot if applicable!

  • @ MuffinStateWide, finally I found a solution! :) – Skynet094 Dec 24 '14 at 6:21

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