How to connect to a local area network to Android using an OTG USB?

Achieving it is really easy, but you will need to meet two requirements:

-have an Android device with a marshmallow operating system 6.0.1 or higher.

-an OTG USB device.

While here we will discuss how to use an OTG USB to use an Ethernet cable connection with Android, you should know that the latest Android smartphones can be connected much better with a type C hub.

This allows you not only to add many ports, including HDMI, VGA, Ethernet, but also old USB and SD card port. With the type C hub the compatibility is much better than with an OTG USB.

Clear this, let's see what exactly an OTG USB is and how to use it to achieve a local area network to Android

What is an OTG adapter?

USB drives are very practical, but despite Estonian they can be used on a phone. Unless you have an Android device and an OTG USB. The latter is a device that can read data from a USB without being connected to a PC.

In short, it's a device that turns into a USB host. These are used to make different types of connection to a phone. For example, you can connect a USB flash drive to your phone or use a video game controller on an Android device, using an OTG USB drive.

Let's now see how to use an OTG USB with Android to achieve a local area network.

¿Cómo conectarse a una red de área local a Android usando un USB OTG?

1. Check if your Android is compatible with USB OTG the first thing you should do is check whether your phone or tablet is compatible with an OTG USB drive. To do so you will look at the OTG box and check the specifications if it is compatible with your model.

If your model is not mentioned in the box, you can use an app to verify the USB OTG. In the play store you will find many free apps that will allow you to do so, but most of these apps will have many ads.

A decent application to verify the OTG is Checker. Just unload it, install it and run it to see if your phone is compatible with USB OTG.

Most smartphones and especially Samsung have OTG enabled from the very beginning. Some manufacturers may not enable it and you will be able to do it manually by going to the "settings" of your mobile device and looking in the additional settings for the OTG to activate it.

2. What you need to use USB OTG it is possible that your Android device has a standard micro-USB or USB-C port, so you will need some adapter to connect it to USB OTG. Note that the latter needs a full-size USB port.

By getting an adapter it tries to be male to female full-size USB, this is essential for the USB OTG and Android to work. On the internet you can find a lot of adapters that work for you.

Once you have the adapter, let's see how to connect the Android to Ethernet.

3. Ethernet on Android smartphone the USB OTG is usually used to copy files from an Android to an external storage, such as a flash drive. However, many use it to create a LAN internet connection.

The Ethernet adapter sends signals over the network and to interconnect the devices on it. You can find different adapters for the OTG to work with the Android. Just keep in mind that not everyone is compatible as we mentioned before.

Android devices will automatically connect to the LAN network when plugged in, just make sure you turn off your Wi-Fi so they can only use the Ethernet. If your device does not connect to the local area network, try placing it in plane mode in the settings.

Connecting your Android to Ethernet is safe, but if you have doubts you can use a VPN to protect all your connections. You can use free VPN to ensure a secure connection without spending much or almost nothing. Remember that the free versions are much more limited than you pay.

Activating a VPN on your Ethernet connection will not generate any connection problems. These programs work by encryption the data shared between devices and servers, so that they cannot be stolen or read but by the person who will receive them.

In a LAN connection, people on other devices can access your information and data, so try to use the VPN to safeguard your privacy, as well as enjoy its other advantages such as hiding your IP, unlocking content, etc.

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