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Old January 28th, 2013, 02:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Confused Eris Tethering Alternatives when ad-hoc not possible?

Hi folks!

This inquiry is a little different than the normal inquiries about tethering (laptop/desktop computer tether via phone) - in this case I want to (occasionally) tether a Nexus 7 tablet to my Eris. Unfortunately, the N7 doesn't operate in WiFi ad-hoc mode afaik.

In the past I have used wireless tethering (wireless-tether-2.0.2-pre, Conap CFS kernel) for other tether devices (e.g. iTouch devices), but it only works in ad-hoc mode. Last night I tried Bluetooth tethering, and unfortunately it causes an immediate reboot of the Eris at the first use of the BT tether connection from the client tablet. I tried the wireless-tether-3.1-beta app - but it appears the developers have removed BT tethering. (It does support infrastructure mode WiFi on some specific phones, and there are reports here on AF of successes using it on closely-related phones. One of the phones it supports is the Hero CDMA - but for this variation it doesn't support infrastructure-mode).

I also tried the last 2.x series release (2.0.8-pre), and while ad-hoc still works on my GB ROM, it's BlueTooth tethering mode also immediately reboots the phone. (Note that I tested this on CS-CCM7.1-v21; but even the current CM7.2 stable releases for the Eris use the same kernel, so I suppose I probably will have the same BT result on Eris CM7.2 ROMS)

Next up I tried "USB Tethering". The Nexus 7 supports a wide variety of USB devices through a "OTG" cable adapter (USB "On The Go") & CM7.2 has USB tethering built in, so I loaded the CM7.2-stable release (June 2012). Trying to enable USB tethering on the phone, the CM menu reports "device is not connected", so I suppose the CM USB tethering only works with PCs and a special driver.

Anyway, if anyone can shed some light on this, I'd be grateful - I'm looking for a known-working tether solution for tethering a tablet (not a PC/Mac) to the Eris that looks like one of these three options:

- Eris wireless tethering in infrastructure mode ?
- Eris Bluetooth tethering that works ?
- Eris USB tethering to a tablet (NOT a PC) via OTG ?

Can anyone report a success for any of these cases?

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Old January 28th, 2013, 03:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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My Eris is no longer active, so I cannot answer with experience, but have you tried FoxFi? https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.foxfi

- it's only Froyo or better, so obviously will not work on xtrSENSE. That is likely not an issue, I assume

- it may be Bluetooth only for HTC phones, based on the description that it doesn't work with HTC phones, but you can try for free

- if WiFi does work, it is supposed to be infrastructure mode with WPA2

- the "bad" news is that the full version costs $6.97 if it does work, but at least they have the free version to try out...

Have you tried tethering with xtrSENSE, by the way? Perhaps close-to-stock is more stable for BT?
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May I add a twist to this discussion?
My rooted Droid Eris shows in Settings>Wireless & networks>Tethering the USB option only. This was the case with KaosFroyo, CyanogenMod 7.1, and my current CyanogenMod 7.2. But shouldn't there be a wireless and bluetooth option in the settings? Does anyone know why I don't have it? None of the wireless tethering apps such as FoxFi work.
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@doogald Thanks for the reply. Been a little busy, but do want to follow up on this.

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My rooted Droid Eris shows in Settings>Wireless & networks>Tethering the USB option only. This was the case with KaosFroyo, CyanogenMod 7.1, and my current CyanogenMod 7.2. But shouldn't there be a wireless and bluetooth option in the settings? Does anyone know why I don't have it? None of the wireless tethering apps such as FoxFi work.
As I mentioned in my post I have successfully used the 2.x series from Android wireless tether project - but only for operating the Eris in Ad-Hoc mode, not as an Infrastructure AP.

I can't answer the question of what a ROM implementation "should" do - but if Ad-Hoc mode meets your need, my experience with the 2.x series of .apks (on a rooted phone) have been pretty solid. The fact that the CM project uses Conap's kernel as a foundation suggests that Bluetooth tethering will never work (as it seems to immediately panic that kernel).

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