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I know it sounds strange, but what I want to do is use my phone as a WiFi router to create a private LAN that doesn't use my data connection. Basically, I'm at a hotel and need to do some testing using a HHC that is designed to connect to a LAN and talk to a database over that LAN; I'm hosting SQL Server on my laptop, but I'm not comfortable connecting my customer's HHC to the hotel's network in such a way that I can test. I know that I can create and host a wireless LAN from my phone, but the option is disabled when I have data turned off.

I'm using a Galaxy Note 3 with Android 5.0

  • Have you tried turning on the hotspot (with the data on) and then turn the mobile data off after the hotspot is turned on. This should work for you. – Matt07211 Nov 11 '15 at 23:43
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  1. Turn off your mobile data. 2. Turn on your mobile hotspot.
  • Normal Human, what phone are you using? The instructions I gave will work on a Note 3, which is the phone used in the original post. – Oogpister Nov 12 '15 at 9:07
  • Tried this every way I could think of (turned data off, turned on airplane mode, removed sim) and every time the option to turn on hotspot is disabled. – jvance Nov 12 '15 at 15:00
  • @jvance Airplane mode must not be enabled because that kills all connections including hotspot (WiFi). Wifi must be on. Only mobile data must be disabled. – Oogpister Nov 12 '15 at 15:04
  • My earlier comment was unclear. I tried disabling data using the three methods listed individually, not in combination. – jvance Nov 16 '15 at 16:36

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