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"Use as Hotspot" no longer working

Post by m-s-a » Sun Aug 05, 2018 1:14 am

Hello,
I used to use my Linuxmint 18.3 Laptop as hotspot for my iphone and kindle devices.
All of a sudden, (starting a few weeks ago) this is no longer working.

The devices can still see the hotspot, the password prompt still succeeds, but then it takes a long time for the WiFi icon on the iphone to show up.
When it finally does, any kind of network connection that I make on the phone (e.g. browse to some website) times out.
Kindle has the same kind off issue - password accepted but then no connection can be established.

How do I start troubleshooting this?

Thank you in advance!
Mark

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Re: "Use as Hotspot" no longer working

Post by doug619 » Sun Jan 13, 2019 11:54 pm

Were you able to solve this? I am having issues that may be similar.

I used to successfully use my Linux Mint 18.x laptop as a hotspot (Internet connection via EasyTether USB tethering). I recently built a new installation of LM 19 and can no longer connect to the hotspot that I enable with the "Use as Hotspot" button in Network Settings. The hotspot created has a different password than what it used to be and I have entered that new password when trying to connect.

I have noticed that the security type is WEP which is different from WPA/WPA2 previously, but don't see a way to change it which may be the cause of my inability to connect to the hotspot and I would very much like to do for security reasons.

Does anyone have any guidance or suggestions?

Doug

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Re: "Use as Hotspot" no longer working

Post by m-s-a » Thu Jan 31, 2019 2:11 am

No, not really. All of a sudden it started working again, like nothing ever happened.
Then a few months later, it stopped again... Now I'm waiting for it to just flip back again to working without problems :-(
Not exactly a scientifically sound approach, I'm afraid...

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Re: "Use as Hotspot" no longer working

Post by doug619 » Thu Feb 21, 2019 2:23 pm

doug619 wrote:
Sun Jan 13, 2019 11:54 pm
Were you able to solve this? I am having issues that may be similar.

I used to successfully use my Linux Mint 18.x laptop as a hotspot (Internet connection via EasyTether USB tethering). I recently built a new installation of LM 19 and can no longer connect to the hotspot that I enable with the "Use as Hotspot" button in Network Settings. The hotspot created has a different password than what it used to be and I have entered that new password when trying to connect.

I have noticed that the security type is WEP which is different from WPA/WPA2 previously, but don't see a way to change it which may be the cause of my inability to connect to the hotspot and I would very much like to do for security reasons.

Does anyone have any guidance or suggestions?

Doug
Does anyone know why the security type (when using my LM 19 laptop as a hotspot) is defaulting to WEP? Is there a way to change it to WPA/WPA2?

Doug

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Re: "Use as Hotspot" no longer working

Post by gm10 » Thu Feb 21, 2019 3:09 pm

doug619 wrote:
Thu Feb 21, 2019 2:23 pm
Does anyone know why the security type (when using my LM 19 laptop as a hotspot) is defaulting to WEP? Is there a way to change it to WPA/WPA2?
See the Wi-Fi Security tab in the connection's settings.

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Re: "Use as Hotspot" no longer working

Post by doug619 » Thu Feb 21, 2019 3:27 pm

Thanks for that suggestion. Only seems to offer WEP though, no option for WPA/WPA2.

Doug

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Re: "Use as Hotspot" no longer working

Post by gm10 » Thu Feb 21, 2019 3:30 pm

doug619 wrote:
Thu Feb 21, 2019 3:27 pm
Thanks for that suggestion. Only seems to offer WEP though, no option for WPA/WPA2.
Should look like this in LM19.x:
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Re: "Use as Hotspot" no longer working

Post by doug619 » Thu Feb 21, 2019 3:46 pm

On my LM19 I only see the first two WEP options.

Doug

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Re: "Use as Hotspot" no longer working

Post by gm10 » Thu Feb 21, 2019 3:59 pm

Probably a driver/firmware issue with your specific hardware then, try with a different wireless device if you can.

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Re: "Use as Hotspot" no longer working

Post by doug619 » Thu Feb 21, 2019 4:06 pm

Thanks. I'll probably try upgrading to LM 19.1. This was a fresh install of LM 19 on 13Dec2018. A software upgrade on 2Feb2019 included Linux kernel 4.15.0.45.47.

Doug

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Re: "Use as Hotspot" no longer working

Post by gm10 » Thu Feb 21, 2019 4:27 pm

The upgrade from 19 to 19.1 won't affect this, but you can try a 4.18-series kernel from Update Manager > View > Linux kernels.

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Re: "Use as Hotspot" no longer working

Post by m-s-a » Sat Mar 09, 2019 1:51 am

m-s-a wrote:
Thu Jan 31, 2019 2:11 am
No, not really. All of a sudden it started working again, like nothing ever happened.
Then a few months later, it stopped again... Now I'm waiting for it to just flip back again to working without problems :-(
Not exactly a scientifically sound approach, I'm afraid...
I just found a potential fix for my original problem: I went into "Network Connections" and deleted the entry for the hotspot. Then I clicked the "Use as hotspot..." button under "Network settings" again, which created a new Hotspot with a new password. This new one is working without issues...

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