To tether a tablet

September 6, 2016 at 10:46:57
Specs: several
Android 4.2.2 tablet
Sprint Spark LTE MiFi model 5580 wireless modem/router

Both devices have female micro USB connectors, like cell phones.
I should be able to connect them together by USB cable so that I
can turn off the WiFi. I believe this is called "USB tethering". But
with the limited set of cables I have on hand, the two devices are
not recognizing each other. Settings/Wireless & Networks/USB
tethering reports "USB not connected". It is possible that both
cable arrangements I tried involve "On-the-Go" cables.

What kind of cable is required?
Do I need to change a setting for the devices to see each other?

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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September 7, 2016 at 04:55:30
Your tablet probably is compatible only with regular WiFi and isn't capable of recognising or dealing with a phone being plugged in to it, especially since the tablet runs on the Android platform as opposed to Windows.

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September 7, 2016 at 10:23:49
I don't see any reason that the Android tablet wouldn't be compatible
with the modem/router via USB.

There is a setting in the modem/router for "USB mode". It is set to
"Ethernet over USB". The alternative is "Charge only".

In tablet Settings, under "USB tethering", the line "USB not connected"
should at least change when I connect the proper cable and both
devices are on.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis

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