Imagine that my home internet connection is temporarily out. This is no problem for my laptop, because my smartphone (Android) has the ability to become a mobile base station, and after an exchange of passwords, the laptop can connect to the Internet that way. All the traffic then going through the smartphone.
What about a desktop (without a wireless adapter)?
I can still connect the desktop to the smartphone with a USB cable, and they happily exchange data. But, try as I may, I cannot find the way to join the links: Desktop → Smartphone → Internet. At least not in a way where I could use, say, a browser on the desktop :-(
Is this at all possible?
When searching for information about how to use a smartphone to connect to the internet within Windows help, all it offers is a discussion about how to use the phone as a dial-up modem, which is not the idea, and unhelpful because I cannot offer a phone number to call to.
To show how much of an Internet dummy I am, I am just trying to connect the dots:
- the smartphone can access the Internet via a cellular network without any other hardware
- the desktop and the smartphone can talk to each other via a USB cable
Why cannot these connection be chained allowing the desktop to also reach the cellular network?
This is undoubtedly something very basic, but I cannot think of the right buzzwords, or my search-fu is otherwise weak.
*99#whenever you wanted to use the GPRS/EDGE/3G connection, and the phone would just pretend to make the call.