Chromebook Wifi Hacks
Wifi issues are the modern-day equivalent of snow days;
Except nobody has fun.
There are a couple of ways to work around this to help avoid frustrated kids, parents, and teachers:
Direct ethernet connection
The first option is to skip the wifi, and plug directly into your router, where the connection is typically more reliable. If you don't already have one, you'll need an ethernet cable. Since students are often using Chromebooks for school, you'll also need an adapter, as many of these computers do not have an ethernet port built in.
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The second solution is to use your phone as a wifi hotspot.
This option lets you stay wireless, and you don't have to buy any new cables, gizmos, or even an apparatus! Just follow a few steps to set it up, and you'll be running off a new wireless network, that's not bogged down by other work computers, iPads, Alexas, and so on.
Enable Hotspot on an iPhone:
From Apple's website, the way to do this is by going to your phone's settings, as follows:
Settings > Cellular > Personal Hotspot (or just Settings > Personal Hotspot), and turn on the hotspot by allowing others to join. Keep this screen open while you head to your Chromebook, and go to its wifi settings. You'll be looking for the network indicated on the hotspot screen of your iPhone, and once selected, just enter the password which is also provided on the hotspot screen of your iPhone.
Additional detail can be found at Apple's website.
Enable Hotspot an Android Phone:
On an Android phone, you'll navigate to the following location:
Settings > Connections > Mobile Hotspot and Tethering,
then go into "Mobile Hotspot". You should be able to see the name of the wireless network that you'll be creating, as well as the password for other devices to sign onto that network. The menu options may vary by device.