Using my Motorola Xyboard as a Wi-Fi Hotspot #VZWSS #samp

by Marcy on November 27, 2012 · 0 comments

When you buy a tablet you typically have to decide if you want regular Wi-Fi capabilities, or if you want to use your cellular network. I have been using my Motorola Xyboard on the Verizon 4G LTE network for the past several months, and my favorite feature of being “on the network” is that I can use my Motorola Xyboard as a Wi-Fi Hotspot.

That means when my power is out and my home Wi-Fi isn’t working, I can keep my blog up and running! When I am traveling for work and don’t want to rely on spotty hotel internet connections, I don’t have to worry. When we are in the car making the 3 hour trip home to visit family I can work uninterrupted – all thanks to my Motorola Xyboard on the Verizon 4G LTE Network. The Xyboard fits easily in my laptop bag, so it’s easy to have both devices on hand.

The Wi-Fi Hotspot provided by the Xyboard can support up to 8 device on the Verizon 4G Network and 5 devices on the 3G Network. I think that is pretty awesome!

It’s easy to set up the Motorola Xyboard as a Wi-Fi Hotspot:

  • Turn off Wi-Fi power by touching Menu > Settings > Wireless & networks > Wi-Fi.
  • Touch Tethering & portable hotspot > Portable Wi-Fi hotspot to turn on the hotspot.
  • Touch Configure Mobile Hotspot to change hotspot security and configuration settings:

• Network SSID—Enter a unique name for your hotspot and touch Next

• Security—Select the type of security you want, and touch Save: WEP, WPA, or WPA2. Enter a unique password. Other users can access your Wi-Fi hotspot only if they enter the correct password. (I love this!)

  • Broadcast Channel—Select a channel that minimizes potential interference. You may need to try different channels after your hotspot is active for a time.
  • Touch Save when the settings are complete. When your Wi-Fi hotspot is active, other Wi-Fi enabled devices can connect by entering your hotspot’s SSID, selecting a Security type, and entering the correct Wireless password.

I found these steps to be easy to follow and perform, and due to power outages and other random interruptions with my home internet service this feature of the Motorola Xyboard has been a life saver!

Do you use any of your devices as Wi-Fi hotspots? If so, what tips to you have?

Disclosure: I am participating in the Verizon Wireless Midwest Savvy Savers program and I have been provided with a wireless device and six months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the product. View my complete disclosure policy here.

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