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I have an Iphone 4s with hotspot. It works fine when I connect with usb, but my laptop doesn't recognize it as a wifi connection available. Do I need to do something so it is recognized? The manual says select iphone, which I do not see. Running windows XP. Looked in Macrumors and didn't see how to set up on windows. What am I doing wrong?


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Did you go into settings and turn on hotspot


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Posted: 03/05/12 12:37pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Is your XP machine running service pack 3? (a requirement)

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bayoubelle wrote:

I have an Iphone 4s with hotspot. It works fine when I connect with usb, but my laptop doesn't recognize it as a wifi connection available. Do I need to do something so it is recognized? The manual says select iphone, which I do not see. Running windows XP. Looked in Macrumors and didn't see how to set up on windows. What am I doing wrong?


same problem with me and my iPhone4 and my WinXP laptop. i spent a good amount of time on the phone with a verizon tech...a real tech, not front line customer support...about this problem. the long and short of it is that the intel wifi card in the laptop is not able to communicate with the wifi chip in the phone...the laptop card is too old. i'm able to use my external wifi adapters with the iphone, just not the built-in card in the laptop. i normally tether the iphone to the laptop using the USB cable. that's the fastest connection anyway.


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Thats sad. My Droid2 hotspot tethers fine to my old SP2 XP laptop with an a/b/g card. Wish I had some iDevice info for you.


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RK911, Thanks for the info, its making sense to me as i have the same problem with my HTC hotspot. Vista laptops wont work, but my wife has a new laptop that picks it up every time. Can laptops be updated?


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pulsar wrote:

Is your XP machine running service pack 3? (a requirement)

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mine is but the VZW tech told me that the firmware in my Intel card (Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG Card) is out of date. i might be able to update the card but i might end up turning into a brick...i've never had much luck updating firmware. another solution would be to just replace the card but i'll be replacing the entire laptop in the not too distant future. so for now i'm content to tether the iphone via USB cable.

to the original poster...if that's your problem and you want to try updating the firmware/drivers, the intel link is here.

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301TBS wrote:

RK911, Thanks for the info, its making sense to me as i have the same problem with my HTC hotspot. Vista laptops wont work, but my wife has a new laptop that picks it up every time. Can laptops be updated?


it's probably the firmware/drivers for your wifi card. mine is an Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG. they *can* be updated (i sent you a link in a previous message). i've never had much luck with those types of upgrades and as i'm replacing the laptop in the near future and i can still tether via cable or bluetooth it's not a priority for me.

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is there a security key on the hotspot? turn it off temporarily and see if it will connect





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Thanks, the laptop is about 4-5 yrs old. Didn't think about it being it being to old. Will just live with plug in until time to buy new computer.

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