Connect to the internet for Android phones using an Ethernet connection

Wireless internet is everywhere and understandably is the first choice for most internet users thanks to the convenience it offers. However, speed is not always consistent, and sometimes there can be security issues. Especially if someone else uses the same Wi-Fi connection at the same time, it can be a bit unreliable.

As a result, there may be times when you want to use the fastest speed available for your Android device. Here we will guide you through another useful way of connecting via an Ethernet connection like when you plug in a network cable on a PC or Laptop.

What you need

There are three things needed to connect your Android to an ethernet connection:

  • Android devices running Marshmallow 6.0.1: Released in October 2015, Android Marshmallow introduced new drivers which means you can connect your Android device directly with an ethernet cable without having to root it. You can see which version you have by going to Settings -> About device. If you already have an older version, download Android Marshmallow first for the easiest way to connect.
  • USB OTG Cable: This stands for USB for data transfer and is a small cable that plugs into Android’s micro USB port. Usually this is used to copy files to external storage but can also be used for LAN internet connection.
  • USB to ethernet cable: The last component required is a USB to ethernet cable from RS Components . This is simply used for the last part of the connection to the wired internet.

How to Connect Android with Ethernet Connection

Connecting your Android to a wired ethernet connection is pretty straightforward once you’ve got all the pieces you need. Start by connecting your ethernet cable to USB to an ethernet adapter, then connect this adapter to a USB OTG cable. Finally, connect a USB OTG cable to your phone and you’re pretty much done.

The ethernet icon will now pop up in the top right corner and all your apps, browsers, games, downloads and more will start running over this icon. To test you are getting full internet speed, run speed test if you want.

Problems with connection

If you’ve followed these steps but it doesn’t seem to connect properly, there are a few options worth trying. Put your phone in airplane mode first, as this is a requirement for some phones, while others may be ROM dependent. If not, check to make sure that no essential drivers have been removed from your Android device as this happens and may affect connectivity.

Connecting your Android to an ethernet connection is quick and easy and gets you working with the fastest internet speeds around.


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