So, after digging, reading, crying, and lots of booze, I found a solution to our ongoing issue.. and it was in another thread... HOWEVER, there's a note that isn't noted that's worth noting (huh?):
Do what they say on the following thread.
Spend $2.50 on Tether Router in the Play Store; or download the .APK (one of the first few pages in the thread).
Do what they say again in the thread.
If you have any existing WiFi connections saved and connect to them automatically, delete those connections (forget), leave WiFi enabled, then turn on the WiFi Router.
Here's a summery:
Use Root Explorer or a Root browser of some sort (ROM Toolbox is great since the Root Browser includes an XML editor) and navigate to system/csc
Change the permissions for customer.xml to allow read and write access.
Modify the customer.xml file and change the IPV6 values to IPV4. Also change the "<Editable>no</Editable>" to "<Editable>yes</Editable>".
Navigate to your system settings menu for your Access Point Names Settings > Network Connections > More Networks > Mobile Networks > Access Point Names. Use the Menu toggle and select the only option Reset to default. This may take a few seconds to a minute to refresh the list. If you click the "T-Mobile US LTE" APN, you should see that you can now edit the values, though you shouldn't have to if the APN Protocol is already set to IPv4. Mine is set to IPv4/IPv6 and works just fine.
Buy the darn app, Wifi Tether Router by FABIO GRASSO. It's only $2.50 and apparently, it works.
YOU NEED ROOT ACCESS
Launch Wifi Tether Router and select Configure WiFi Router.
Allow Root Access
Use the following settings to ensure stability and workability with your SGS5:
Method 3 - HostApd
"HostApd Patch" <- UNCHECKED
"No Firmware Reload" <- UNCHECKED
Ensure your wireless device is N or G compatible and adjust the setting accordingly in the same list.
Back out of the configuration settings once you've set them up but don't enable the hotspot yet.
First, open your WiFi settings and Turn on WiFi. If you connect to any WiFi networks, delete those network connections and don't connect to any wifi networks and leave WiFi turned ON.
Go Back to WiFi Tether Router and Enable WiFi Router.
Poof! It should be working. If for some stupid reason it isn't, Reboot your phone, enable WiFi, and try again.
If not, try the Omega international ROM that everyone is talking about. Tether works great on it from what I hear.
Here's the original threads that helped me: Thread 1, Thread 2 Winning Post
The top portion explains how to change the APN for your Galaxy S5. This is a necessary portion to complete the process.
Yes. Think of "spoofing" as an alternate word for "pretending". You're telling your web browser to "pretend to be another web browser, installed on a different operating system". You will have to refer to the Google Chrome Extension on how to manipulate the User Agent. Typically, it's "click the button and select a browser/os combo".
Yes. Theoretically. If there was a version of CyanogenMod that was stable enough for the Samsung Galaxy S5 for T-Mobile, then yes. There would be no need for all of this, since the CM 11.1 or newer (and older) does not include a provisioning tool for network connectivity. The provisioning attachment is a T-Mobile/Samsung exclusive that tries to prevent unauthorized data sharing. HOWEVER, there isn't a CwM recovery available for CyanogmenMod, just yet. Also, as far as I am aware, CyanogenMod doesn't have a stable OS for replacing the Samsung TouchWiz native Android 4.4.2 os on the Galaxy S5 either. So.. if you throw JellyBean CM onto a KK phone.. you're asking for a brick.
Want tethering to work download this rom all instructions on the thread if link don't work just copy and paste in browser.
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