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Can we use an Android phone as a Wi-Fi repeater?

Imagine situation when you can access a weak Wi-Fi signal from a free hotspot (coffee shop) signal near window, but want to work in the middle of the room. Then we can put the phone on the windowsill to spread the signal over the entire home.

Is it feasible?

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The answer is yes, there is an open-source project available that does exactly that.

To quote:

It is a software designed to help you by-pass Great Firewall of China (GFW). Different from similar softwares, it is designed to run as router instead of running as a client installed on some device. Being router means, you can have one thing (Android mobile phone, for example) running fqrotuer, then other devices can just connect the wireless network created by fqrouter.

Blog: fqrouter Source: fqrouter

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From the linked page: "Wifi repeater is a unique feature, however it requires hardware/driver support", so the answer is, "It depends on your device." Also, that feature requires Android 4. – Dan Hulme Aug 7 '13 at 19:25
    
Early 2016 update: the app requires root, and does only work on some devices. The worst news is that it currently seems broken - as it's main function is to be a VPN - and the servers have been shut down - so it does not start up. I managed to extract the Python wifi.py code from the project and kind of get it working - on a Nexus 5 with Android 4.4 and a couple LG Android 4.4 devices I have. But it requires python and other binaries that do not work on Android 5.0 due to PIE requirements. If anyone else is trying to revive it, post here :) – RoundSparrow hilltx Feb 23 at 13:21

No. To do this would broadly speaking require multiple Wifi interfaces (or specialized software) which is not readily available (or easily installable) on Android.

In general this is done on Linux using something like hostapd in master mode: I don't believe that is easily setup on any Android phone.

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Just found one solution that I can end up with: forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1065652 but it assumes usb cable connecction between the lapton and the phone. – Max Aug 19 '11 at 16:15

You should try Open Garden Wifi Tethering. It supports bluetooth, so You can easily share the connection this way. Of course, it would be slower, but still wireless. If You don't have bluetooth adapter, You can buy one on ebay for less than $2.

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Yes. The Alcatel One Touch Glory 2s has this function. You can choose to tether wifi via wifi or mobile data. You can create the SSID and password too. I used this phone as repeater to my home wifi router.

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Ugh. Please don't use txtspk. – Al E. Jan 13 '14 at 14:18

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