Can the Droid be the client in a tether setup?

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  1. ralphjb

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    I searched on this, but could not find an answer.

    My question is about using the Droid as a client tethered to a GSM phone when travelling in Europe. I have read about PDAnet, but I gather this is strictly for tethering a laptop to the Droid for Internet access.

    Any answer would be appreciated.
     

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  2. alostpacket

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    Can the GSM phone act as a wifi AP? With a rooted droid you can do this I believe, so depends on the GSM phone since you want to do it the other way around. For the droid it would just be like connecting to any other wifi network.
     
  3. Flahusky

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    I've 'tethered' to a Palm Pre, iPhone, Nokia N900? with no issues.
    Tethering = Host phone acts a Wifi hot spot
     
  4. ralphjb

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    Thanks so much for the quick reply! As you say, you can tether. I used to do this all the time with an Ipaq PDA to a Bluetooth enabled phone. My thought is when travelling in Europe to pair the Droid with a Bluetooth GSM phone and get emails, Internet, etc. that way. But the Droid does not seem to do this natively.

    I am hoping to find a solution short of rooting the phone, if there is one.
     
  5. alostpacket

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  6. Geezer Squid

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    Who said that?? I don't see anyone. :p

    Yes, you are correct. A rooted Droid can wifi tether. I do it with my Windows 7 laptop on fishing trips. I have company proprietary software that will not run on the Droid. So I have to lug the laptop around. Used to use an aircard when on AT&T and it would not get 3g while out in the boat. It was painfully slow with the company software. Now it blazes!!

    I know the above is not totally on-point, but it does show that the Droid can tether.
     
  7. ralphjb

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    I appreciate the replies thus far, but none, as far as I can tell, answer the specific question. Is anyone doing what I ask?

    Thanks.
     
  8. alostpacket

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    Except we all answered your question: it's not up to the droid. It's up to the phone providing the tethering to act as a wireless AP.

    The droid wont be doing anything special.
     
  9. johnlgalt

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    In Other words, YES the DROID can act as the client - but successful use of the DROID as a client in a Tethering situation depends upon the device used as the server, to continue the use of the terminology that you used.

    Flahusky should have more info since he has already done it....

    @alostpacket - the questions is not only can but also how, preferably without rooting
     
  10. alostpacket

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    You turn on wifi -- lol it's not hard. I can post some screenies :p The question has nothing to do with the droid or rooting.
     
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    The question as posed by the OP does b/c he was not sure how to do it.
     
  12. alostpacket

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    OP doesn't know how to turn on wifi? I find that hard to believe lol
     
  13. BucYouUp68

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    Just got to love that the Droid is a wireless Router, Just got to love it.
     
  14. johnlgalt

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    Obviously he was not thinking about using the WiFi, he was thinking about using BT. Hence, it is not a matter of knowing how to turn on WiFi but rather realizing that WiFi would be the better solution than attempting BT....

    It's pretty clear to me that the OP was a bit confused, hence the questions.
     
  15. kennyidaho

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    The answer is yes in a sense. You probably will not be able to do it via Bluetooth but as long as you can find a device that can provide a WiFi signal then the droid would be able to run off that. I am sure there are lots of GSM phones that can act as a wifi hotspot.
     
  16. ralphjb

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    Wow. Lot of posts since I last looked.

    I have a GSM phone than can be used via Bluetooth as an Internet server, a Moto Razr 9. It does not have wifi, hence my question about utilizing Bluetooth. I appreciate that wifi would be faster, etc. My past experience of using a phone paired with a PDA was satisfying enough, as I used primarily for emailing.

    If I got a new phone for Euro use (which of course is another idea) I'd select an Android phone and simply use it while there rather than the Droid. But was hoping to avoid another purchase.

    If I understand the one comment: Flahusky should have more info since he has already done it....

    This person has done this with Bluetooth?

    Thanks to one and all.
     

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