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EVDOinfo Tip Of The Week #55: Managing Allowed Users on the HTC EVO Hotspot

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Wednesday, 23 June 2010

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EVDOinfo.com has long been your source for tips, tricks, hacks and suggestions for getting the most out of your EVDO service, and each week we will be highlighting a particularly interesting or popular topic in the "Tip of the Week" feature. To suggest future Tips of the Week, contact us at suggestions@evdoinfo.com or post your suggestions in the EVDO Forums.

  

 

Managing Allowed Users on the HTC EVO Hotspot

Our last two tips showed you how to set up the mobile hotspot feature of the Sprint EVO 4G and change the maximum number of allowed WiFi connections. This week we're going to show you one more cool feature of the EVO's mobile hotspot feature that allows you to use MAC address filtering to allow only certain devices of your choosing to connect to your hotspot! For anyone concerned about wireless security, using this feature to ensure that only devices you've pre-approved can access your network is a great way to really secure your network - even if someone were to figure out your network's password, they wouldn't be able to use your network without being on your list!

It's important to understand that this feature should not be used as an alternative to wireless security (i.e. you shouldn't leave your EVO's hotspot as an "open" hotspot and rely on this feature alone for security). This feature should only be used in addition to wireless security for increased security, as you still need wireless security to encrypt data that is transmitted wirelessly to prevent others from intercepting data. If you haven't set up wireless security on your hotspot yet, check out Tip of the Week #53 before moving on to this one.

Managing Users for the EVO Hotspot:

1. First, open the Sprint Hotspot application on the EVO 

2. From the Sprint Hotspot application, choose "Manage Users" as shown below:



3. Enable "Allowed users only" by checking the option as shown below:



4. After enabling "Allowed users only" you will see a message warning you that this will prevent any device from connecting until you allow their connection. Click OK to continue.



5. To add a device to the "allowed users list", the device will first need to attempt to connect to the mobile hotspot via WiFi. The initial attempt to connect will fail until you accept the connection request on the EVO as shown below. After accepting the connection request, try re-connecting the device - the connection should now be successful. The EVO 4G hotspot will remember this device and continue to allow it in the future. You will have to accept connection requests for each new device that you want to connect to the hotspot.

 

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