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I enabled my laptop as a hotspot and connected my tablet through WiFi. Then I turned WiFi on and it shows me the network but it tells me I'm not in range.

After that it shows network disabled and poor connection. How do I get over this?

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It would help to know what you used on your laptop to create the WiFi hotspot. Could it be the software used only provides Ad-Hoc access? This is currently unsupported by Android, though it's on the wishlist for years... – Izzy Jan 20 '13 at 11:30

If the hotspot ssid shows in your Android device means, definitely it wont be an Ad-Hoc network. Most probably the the problem would be getting DHCP ip from your laptop. Try giving static ip to both hotspot network and your android device.

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Go to Wifi Settings > Advanced > Uncheck the option titled "Avoid poor connections".

That will probably get rid of the "Poor connection prompt."

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