Saturday, June 8, 2013

Connect to Internet using Samsung Galaxy Y S5360 USB tethering feature on Windows XP and Windows 7

Since I have Samsung Galaxy Y under postpaid plan with unlimited internet service from Globe I would like to share some simple tips on how to share your phone’s internet connect to your laptop and desktop. The easiest way to share your Samsung Galaxy Y is by using its portable Wi-Fi hotspot feature or Wi-Fi tethering which we already posted here. The issue of using Wi-Fi tethering is that you can only share your internet to Wi-Fi capable devices. But how about your desktop computer? Are you going to buy a wireless adapter just to connect that computer on your Samsung Galaxy Y hotspot? No, there is no need for you to buy that, your Android Galaxy Y has a USB tethering feature also where you can use the bundled USB cable. All you have to do is connect the USB cable from your phone to the computer in accessing internet. Any drivers needed?

Samsung Galaxy YS5360 USB tethering

Of course, you have to install drivers for you to connect to the internet. In this tutorial I’m going show you how to use USB tethering feature of your Samsung Galaxy Y without installing Kies. Though Kies is a good software it is still a pain to download that large file on a limited internet speed. So what I am writing now is to help you use USB tethering feature without downloading or using Kies. See steps below for guide and driver requirements.

Samsung Galaxy Y USB Tethering on Windows XP

Requirements:
1.Samsung Galaxy Y GT-S5360
2.USB Cable
3.Sim Card with Regular load or subscribed to unlimited internet plan
4. Download Windows XP USB tethering driver (download here)

Steps

1.Simply connect the USB cable from your phone to the computer or laptop (Don’t connect as USB mass storage)

(Normally if you do not have Kies on your computer, it will prompt you with CDC Abstract Control Model Driver and CDC ACM Data drivers. Just click Cancel when those 2 installation wizard pop ups)

2.On your phone go to Settings, tap Wireless and networks then tap Tethering and portable hotspot.

3.Tick USB tethering check box.

(You can now see the color blue USB notification on the upper left of your phone screen indicating that USB tether feature is ready.)

4.After ticking, another driver installation wizard pop up, this is will ask for BCM 21553-Thunderbird driver. (Do not close this pop installation wizard or else you’ll go back to step 1 lol)
BCM 21553 Thunderbird

5.Now go to Start, right click My Computer, then select Manage and open Device Manager.

6.Locate BCM21553-Thunderbird ( usually preceded with yellow question mark icon)
BCM 21553-Thunderbird

7.Right Click and select Properties, on properties window click Details tab then take note with the Device Instance ID. (See image below)

BCM 21553-Thunderbird

8.Locate the tetherxp.inf file you download earlier. Right click and select Open with then select WordPad

(Don’t use Notepad, if you can’t find WordPad select Choose program and navigate and look for WordPad. It should be there)

9.Once you already opened the tetherxp.inf file in WordPad, you can see version details, manufacturer, Android devices and more. Look for these text file [AndroidDevices.NT.5.1], right after that you can see numbers and characters. Edit the file and put the Device Instance ID details we noted earlier. (see image below on where to edit)

10.Replace the details on .inf files, see image below.

Click File and Save!

11.Now here’s how to install Android tether driver we edited. Once the BCM21553-Thunderbird Hardware Update Wizard pop up select Install from a list or specific location (Advanced) option.

12.Select Search the best driver in these locations then check include this location in the search. Click browse and locate the path or folder where tetherxp.inf file we edited earlier saved.

13.Click Next the let Windows search and install the driver, one successfully installed you will see the image below.
Android USB Ethernet/RNDIS
Click Finish and That’s it.

To double check it we did it correctly, unplugged the USB cable from your PC or laptop then plug it again. Repeat steps 2 and 3 then go to Start, Control Panel, click on Network Connections. You should see the Android USB Ethernet/RNDIS installed. (see image below)

Android USB Ethernet/RNDIS

Samsung Galaxy Y S5360 USB tethering on Windows 7

Requirements:

1.Samsung Galaxy Y GT-S5360
2.USB Cable
3.Sim Card with Regular load or subscribed to unlimited internet plan ( this is use to update driver via internet)

If you’re PC or laptop does not have internet connection during this process, you need to avail unlimited internet promo on your Samsung Galaxy Y for you to update Samsung Android USB Ethernet/RNDIS driver. Don’t worry you can use your avail unli internet after successfully installing the drivers needed for USB tether.

4. Make your Samsung Galaxy Y as a Wi-Fi hotspot see procedure here. Then connect your laptop or computer to your hotspot before we proceed updating Samsung Mobile USB Remote NDIS network device.

Steps

1.Connect the USB cable from your phone to the computer or laptop (Don’t connect as USB mass storage)

2.On your phone go to Settings, tap Wireless and networks then tap Tethering and portable hotspot.

3.Tick USB tethering check box.

(You can now see the color blue USB notification on the upper left of your phone screen indicating that USB tether feature is ready.)

4. Click Windows icon (Start) then right click My Computer, select Manage.

5.Click on Device Manager, then look for BCM21553-Thunderbird ( usually preceded with yellow question mark icon)
BCM 21553-Thunderbird

6. Right click then select Update Driver Software, the choose Search automatically for updated driver software.

(Just wait til Windows found and download the driver software from the internet. See image above)

7. Once the driver is already updated you will notified by a window mesage, just click Close to finish.

That’s it you’re done. You can now use USB tethering on Windows 7.

8 comments:

  1. Thank this really helped

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    1. In the last step:

      5.Click on Device Manager, then look for BCM21553-Thunderbird ( usually preceded with yellow question mark icon)

      I cannot find BCM21553-Thunderbird in Device Manager, could you please tell me how it works in windows xp ??

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  2. Please let me know about the same procedure at XP ..

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    1. For windows XP, you have to download the usb tethering driver from

      http://www.android.com/drivers/tetherxp.inf

      and follow step 8 under the topic Samsung Galaxy Y USB Tethering on Windows XP

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  3. Anonymous11/09/2013

    Thanks Bryan, i went to many portals even support.google.com but this information regarding editing of tetherxp.inf could not be located. It came very handy and to the point (thats to screenshots). This helped, it immediately recognized my samsung Y USB.

    I specifically like the part " Are you going to buy a wireless adapter just to connect that computer on your Samsung Galaxy Y hotspot? No, there is no need for you to buy that, your Android Galaxy Y has a USB tethering feature also where you can use the bundled USB cable."
    One should realize the POWER of these simple devices and not just run around ...

    thanks
    Sid

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  4. THANKS A LOT
    IT WORKED PERFECTLT

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  5. Thanks!! Worked Perfectly here! You saved me from a lot of cables running around my bedroom!

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  6. where do i download it for windows 7

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