How to share my Android Internet connection to my router
This is the most efficient way to tether your Android smartphone to your router or Ethernet switch. This set up is also advisable if you're connecting to a public internet or if your connection is limited to only your Android. This article shows you the steps to do this.
- Internal Wi-Fi card, External Wi-Fi USB adapter (optional).
- Internal Ethernet card, External Ethernet USB adapter (optional).
Step 1: Purchase Connectify Hotspot PRO or MAX from the Connectify website. While there is a free trial version of Connectify Hotspot, sharing 3G/4G or Ethernet connections as WiFi is only available in the PRO and MAX versions.
Step 2: There are several ways to tether or share your Android connection to your computer. Please see these options below.
- How to Tether an Android to a PC via PDANet+: Wi-Fi
- How to Tether an Android to a PC via PDANet+: USB
- How to Tether an Android to your PC via WiFi
- How to Tether an Android to your PC via USB
Step 3. Connect the Ethernet cable from your computer to the WAN port of the router (or in any port if you're using an ethernet switch).
Step 4. Open Connectify Hotspot and choose Wired Router.
Step 5: Make sure your Android connection (USB, WiFi, or PDANet+) is selected from the ‘Internet to Share’ dropdown. Icons next to each adapter tell you what kind of Internet connection you’re selecting.
Step 6: Choose Routed under Network Access. Learn more about the difference between Routed and Bridged mode by clicking this LINK.
Step 7: Share Over should be set to your Ethernet Adapter.
Optional: Choose the 'Ad Blocker' option as this feature will save you a lot of data. Learn more about the universal ad blocker in Connectify Hotspot.
Step 8: Click the ‘Start Hotspot’ button to begin sharing your Internet connection with your router.