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Old June 1st, 2011, 03:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Droid X as hotspot with ipad: Possible?

I searched for this, but I couldn't find anything specifically about the Droid X. I just ordered the ipad with Wifi only since my phone has a hotspot capability through Verizon. I haven't ever tried it.

Will it work for the ipad? I didn't really want to have to pay $130 MORE just for 3G capability and then another monthly fee on top of that. Figured I could use my phone and pay the monthly data fee.

Has anyone tried it? Does it work? How quickly does the phone battery run down?

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Yup, it works.

You are going to need a tethering app such as Barnacle and just connect to your phone from the iPad just as if it were a wireless router in your home.

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I searched for this, but I couldn't find anything specifically about the Droid X. I just ordered the ipad with Wifi only since my phone has a hotspot capability through Verizon. I haven't ever tried it.

Will it work for the ipad? I didn't really want to have to pay $130 MORE just for 3G capability and then another monthly fee on top of that. Figured I could use my phone and pay the monthly data fee.

Has anyone tried it? Does it work? How quickly does the phone battery run down?

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sure is possible...it will use more battery that is also a sure thing...i have never used tethering for more than about a minute just to see if it worked...so ican't tell you how fast it will drain your battery...but my guess would be quite a bit...
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Does the ipad have a USB port? I've never been close enough to one to know! LOL If so you can plug the phone in via the usb cable and add to the charge while tethering.
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Yeah. USe Baranacle. DON'T use the Verizon Hotspot app. They'll charge you more money. Barnacle is free and Verizon won't charge you as long as you don't start using tons of bandwidth.
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Does the ipad have a USB port? I've never been close enough to one to know! LOL If so you can plug the phone in via the usb cable and add to the charge while tethering.
hahahaha USB on the iPad? That's funny. They have that 30-pin adapter!
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LOL, yeah, like I said, have never even been close to an ipad. Don't care for Apple products as a whole, never did. I heard that they didn't have SD card slots, but didn't realize that thay are so limited to not even have a USB port.

And now back to the topic of the thread...

If jrenewill makes sure the screen is off while tethering, that will save alot of battery power. I used my DX this past weekend with Pandora and Google Nav running in the car dock, charging, and the battery was going down with the screen on. When I turned the screen off, the battery started building back up again. The DX screen really uses it up!
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I would like to point out to the original poster that Verizon has announced that they are going to start cracking down on people that tether without using the official (paid for) tethering app. I don't know how that's going to work, but just be aware that using your own tethering app may violate the terms of service you signed and that Verizon's official position is that "you can't do that"

Now that i've said that - let's please not get into another argument about whether or not we should be allowed to tether ...
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I use pdanet and tether through Bluetooth. You don't need to be rooted either. Download it from the online market here https://market.android.com/details?id=com.pdanet&feature=search_result because you won't find it on your phone market. You can also choose to hide your tethering from your carrier.
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it should work no problem. i tethered my ipod touch a while back with no issues. barnacle did NOT work, but wifi tether did. however, like other said, verizon and other carriers are starting to crack down on illegal tethering, so i am glad to hear you are going to be doing it the right way in paying the $20/month for the service...just keep in mind, i believe there is a cap to that (maybe 2GB) so just be careful.
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you guys are great! Thanks for all the info.

@JB--I have a MacBook, which I love, but I also have a PC. I wouldn't trade my Droid X for a iphone for anything though. Even my friends with iphones want Android now.

Again, I really appreciate all the helpful advice! When it comes in the mail soon, I'll test it out and let you all know. I don't know how much data I'll use--I plan to use wifi as much as I can and only use my phone for the hotspot when I'm traveling for work.
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Yes, it works quite well. I use this exact setup for work travel. I have found I use little of the 2gig as wifi is in most hotels.

BTW, when using the Verizon hitspot feature you need to add it to your plan, or it will only let you connect. I thought I could just activate it on my phone, but that didn't work.
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Hey everyone, one other question. When I went to look at the Barnacle app on my phone, it says that it has to be rooted. Is that correct?
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Hey everyone, one other question. When I went to look at the Barnacle app on my phone, it says that it has to be rooted. Is that correct?
Yes, so right now it doesn't work with the OTA Gingerbread.
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I use pdanet and tether through Bluetooth. You don't need to be rooted either. Download it from the online market here https://market.android.com/details?id=com.pdanet&feature=search_result because you won't find it on your phone market. You can also choose to hide your tethering from your carrier.
The Droid X install is greyed out on the website.
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Just slip in next to a tour bus when traveling on the interstate and use their wifi. We did that on a recent trip and had service for a couple of hours. No tethering, no paying Big Red, just free wifi.
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The Droid X install is greyed out on the website.
Didn't see that. Well then google is your best friend. You can find it a ton of other places. I would post a link but I'm new to posting so not sure if links to the .apk is allowed. Better read the rules I guess

Edit: don't worry it's not pirating because it's a free app!
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