How to Connect a Android to a Wired Ethernet Connection

By | October 25, 2017

How to Connect a Android to Wired Ethernet Connection

If you have an android tablet or smartphone and want to use a wired Ethernet connection then it is a easy to do.
There are a few requirements.
First Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 which was released October 2015 must be installed.
Android Version 6.0.1
To see which version you have go to Settings –> About Device.
Previous android versions needed to be rooted which is no longer the case with Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 and above.
Second a OTG to Ethernet adapter will be needed.
Ethernet To Android Smartphone
OTG stands for On-The-Go and simply plugs into an android micro USB port. It is mainly used to copy files to external storage such as a flash drive but also can be used for a LAN internet connection.
The Ethernet adapter will transmit the signals over the network. These items can be bought separately or in one package ready to go.
Not all the adapters are compatible with every android device and should be verified it works with your device.
While most will not have any problems the chipset in the adapter and the phone/tablet must be compatible. Simply be sure an adapter will work with your android device before getting one.
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Here is a OTG to Ethernet Adapter on Amazon
Plugable USB 2.0 OTG Micro-B to 10/100 Fast Ethernet Adapter for Windows Tablets & Raspberry Pi Zero (ASIX AX88772A chipset)

Most android devices simply need to be plugged in and will automatically connect. Be sure to turn off your WiFi to know for sure it is only on Ethernet.
How to Connect a Android to Wired Ethernet Connection 2017
Some devices require it to be in Airplane mode in settings and depends on the ROM.
Hooking an android smartphone or tablet to a Ethernet line is easy to do, with the release the android Marshmallow update.
While most will not have any issues the phone or tablet must have the drivers for the chipset in the Ethernet adapter installed.
Every manufacture customizes android for their devices and may remove or add drivers.
Simply be sure to read the specs of an adapter and the reviews to be sure it works with your android smartphone or tablet.

19 thoughts on “How to Connect a Android to a Wired Ethernet Connection

  1. Dian

    I have to view , where is lan settings? Where is DHCP settings, and where is IP Address .
    I connect usb lan to my xiaomi mi6 phone , and nothing happens- no internet.
    I expect to see anything app ,or anything seting , but you dont show this.

  2. Pinaki

    Hi, I tried to connect my Nexus 5 device using USB2.0 to ethernet. However I am using private network and I want to set Static IP address for my Nexus 5 device. So that it can only communicate within the same local network. I do not have wifi router with me. Is it possible ?

  3. James Robert Deal

    The question not answered is whether I could use this connection, turn the phone on airplane mode, and receive email, connect with the internet, AND ALSO TALK ON THE TELEPHONE.

  4. ahmed

    I have samsung Galaxy j7 and otg adapter and etherner usb adapter but recognized from phone
    what can I do

  5. Trevor Hughes

    With a PoE switch can the phone be charged using that adapter?

  6. Karsten

    Interesting article (and comments, too), thanks. The key seems to be that there are many brands and models of adapters, but few chipsets.

  7. Uday Ukidwe

    I am trying to connect GALAXY J7 to wired ethernet using TP LINK TL-UE300
    This is to get higher internet speed through wired RJ45 connector.
    No success so far….any help from any one ? Thanks

  8. AI

    Hi, my question is: suppose I have a smartphone for which all works fine with this adaptor and my intention would be to turn it into a wifi hotspot (wifi thetering is called, I think..). Namely, to use the smartphone in order to on one side, pump the internet from the ethernet network and on the other side prolongate the signal through a phone’s private wifi network, in such a way it becomes usable by some other devices …
    In other words make the kit: adaptor & phone replace, for instance, this: TP-Link Wireless N300 2T2R Access Point

    Would it be possible ?


    1. asdasasdasd

      That would of course work, but only if your adapter is compatible (which is an common issue).
      In any case, you can bypass this by using an old lappy, feed it with data through Ethernet and have the lappy feed the phone through a USB cable. Not sure if this is also handled by RNDIS, or by something else, but most phones should be able to accep its USB as a source of data (internet).

  9. John Beutler

    Is there a way using this cable to use my phone as the internet provider per say? I want to use my wifi from phone to feed a camera system to view on another phone.

    1. Anon

      Yeah most phones have a hotspot feature you can try that idk this will just share data and most companies have a limit to how much hotspot data you have (Some unlimited plans have limited hotspot) if this is the case go about rooting your phone and doing it from some way through there. There are many guides of how to root most phones online and many different guides and apps to help you with getting a hotspot done online just look around a bit.

  10. lisa lowy

    I am looking for an earthnet adaptor for my Samsung A5 6 Samsung Galaxy. I’m not at all technical and would really appreciate it if someone could advise exactly which one I need.
    Thank you.
    Best wishes, Lisa

  11. Ernest W. Masters

    Can someone help me. I can`t get any information about compatibility of the plugable adapter mentioned above with my timmy m20 pro from china.
    I recently contacted Timmy Mobile in Shenzhen China as well Asix in Taiwan about this issue, but i received no answer.
    I want to be sure before purchasing the adapter at amazon.
    If anyone has suggestions, please let me know.
    Thanks a lot in advance and best wishes.

    Ernest from Munich, Germany

    1. Ken Fisher

      Try the other direction. Look for information about your device and see if you can find out what Ethernet chipsets are supported. This is because the ROMs on devices are different and there is no easy way to modify hardware support.

      Some might not support ANY. Good luck.

  12. Gary

    Ive done this before the marshmallow update, glad to see native support.

    Btw. You’re not correct regarding the USB bottleneck. USB is 480mbps. However, the adapter is only “Fast Ethernet” which is 100mbps. You’d need a gigabit Ethernet adapter for higher speeds, however I do not know what chipsets if any are natively supported by Android.

  13. Manue SCano

    Thanks for this useful video, your test was with a Nexus 6, I guess.

    I have the same plug-able adapter, and others, and get Ethernet connection to my Motorola Moto G, Moto X Play and Moto X Style, (tablets xiaomi mipad, pipo p1 etc.) but I canĀ“t get it working in other android mobile phones (eg. lenovo k3note, xiaomi redmi note 2, sony xperia M, meizu m5 pro)

    On Motorola, android 6.0, settings, IU system config. I have the new ethernet icon , you can see in the status bar when it is ethernet connected,

    My question is if you now other android 6.0 (or 7.0) devices working this adapter such as Nexus Pixel, Nexus 6p, 5x, Samsung, etc. (I know the android compatibility list for this device in www., but as I want to change my mobile phone I want to know if this will work…

    Thanks a lot


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