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The wifi on my desktop is on but not being received by my

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The wifi on my desktop is on but not being received by my kindle I have tried to reset it twice with no results
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Android Devices
Expert:  Russell H. replied 9 months ago.

Hi, thank you for contacting JustAnswer.com. My name is Russell. I will do my best to provide the right answer to your question.

I don't think Kindle devices *can* usefully connect in the manner you are speaking of. In such a context, to connect the Kindle to your Desktop PC is done through a USB cable.

The reasons for this are rather elaborate but a simple explanation goes like this:

- your Kindle device is a 'device' (in the WiFi context)

- your WiFi router, for instance, is a 'host'

- WiFi connections can be either from 'device-to-device', or from 'device to host'

- your Desktop PC is not a 'host', it is a 'device'

- your Kindle can only connect by WiFi, to a 'host'

- therefore it cannot connect by WiFi to a PC.

The reason it connects by USB to a PC, is because in the USB context, the PC is a 'host' to a 'device' (in the USB sense as opposed to in the WiFi context).

There can be exceptions to this... PC hardware (if not Windows software) can be configured to treat WiFi connections the way a 'host' does. But it's not easy to set up that way.

Connect to the PC from the Kindle with a USB cable, and it will work fine.

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