Question about wireless tethering


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  1. vinny.minso

    vinny.minso Active Member This Topic's Starter

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    On the Wireless tethering app for root users only, how many MB, would be considered too much and would catch too much attention at risk of being caught
     

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  2. The_Chief

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    ANY mb tethering could get you "caught" but the general consensus is that anything over the 5GB "limit" (which isn't really a limit) will put you on Verizon's radar and they may pay very close attention to what you're doing. I have yet to hear of anyone getting slammed with a tethering bill but there WILL be a first person. I hope I'm not that person :D
     
  3. vinny.minso

    vinny.minso Active Member This Topic's Starter

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    Alright thanks man
     
  4. AndroidsOfTara

    AndroidsOfTara Well-Known Member

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    Serious question... why does everyone seem to be so obsessed with tethering (wireless or USB)?

    I got USB tethering working on my Droid ages ago (using some app that didn't require root) and played with it for about 20 minutes before deleting the app and never bothering again.
     
  5. The_Chief

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    Serious answer: I only use it on the road when no other high-speed internet is available for my laptop OR my home internet crashes (which Charter is very good at :p ) and I have something important to do. I never use it for torrents or gaming, and use it as sparingly as I can. I always urge cautious restraint to people when tethering.
     
  6. Hangdog42

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    +1

    I do pretty much the same thing. Occasionally I find myself in a situation where I need my computer to access the internet and there is no wifi connection available (or they want some truly ridiculous amount of money for it). That is when I fire up tethering.
     
  7. krouget

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    If you don't have access to an open Wifi connection, then it's a welcome feature.

    This past weekend I was helping someone move, and as such, they didn't have internet access, yet. Being able to create a hotspot, via my Droid, came in handy. It's a nice convenience when you need/want it, but obviously something you can overlook, as its not critical.
     
  8. ChiefIlliniwek5

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    Has anyone gotten the Access Control feature to work on their Droid? If so, did you download or do anything special to get it to work? I'm running a rooted Droid with the stock 2.2 and Chevy's ultra low voltage 1Ghz
     
  9. AndroidsOfTara

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    Yes, I can see tethering being useful in such situations. But I also believe many people want tethering in order to eliminate having cable or DSL at home.
     
  10. hikersc

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    I have the same problem on a rooted Droid with stock 2.2 and stock kernel. WEP does not work either. Otherwise, it works great on the open and unsecured WiFi. Maybe a fix is in progress. Any insights would be appreciated.
     
  11. breadnatty08

    breadnatty08 pain rustique VIP Member

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    Yeah, I'm with the Chief. I've only used it a couple times (airport when it wasn't free, hotel lounge where I couldn't get a wifi signal). Speeds are okay if you have good 3G, but nowhere near what you can get with quality broadband.
     
  12. ChiefIlliniwek5

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    My WEP encryption works. I didn't do anything special...just sdet it up in the settings menu. While the avg user doesn't know how to crack wep, the fact that it has been cracked makes me wish that I could get the access control to work or for the app to get wpa2 encryption
     
  13. PetRiLJoe

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    It is my guess that this number you are looking for is really dependent on your location (different vendors, different rules). Whether I will ever get close to that 5GB mark or not, if I go over a certain amount of data, or sustain a high download speed (also applies to upload!) for a long period of time, I may be instantly cut down to an extremely slow, almost crippling speed. This extra slow download speed may last for hours and is usually not even worth my time anymore because I was downloading a large file or multiple large files from my 3G connection. Sometime between several hours later and the next day my high speed transmission will return to normal.

    I think you should just use it and stop worrying about it, and if you use a download manager like I do now on Firefox, (DownThemAll!) which supports download speed limiting, enable it when you decide to use 3G if you will be downloading for a very long time.

    This question has been asked many times.. so I decided to provide some different input from everyone else that may be useful to those also asking the same question.

    *EDIT* I'm not totally sure I understood each of the above posts, but I want to note that I use WEP encryption for my home WiFi, not WPA or unsecured. I have no problem, and never have had a problem connecting. But might I suggest looking for other little things like, if your Droid's MAC address is listed as safe within the router so that it may connect. Without that, the WEP key still wouldn't connect to my router (Without attempting to force it by gaining unauthorized access).
     
  14. Vereynn

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    I use the tethering quite often because the WiFi at the one restaurant (ok, bar...) I use it at the most won't work on my laptop and quite possibly simply with Vista/Windows7 as I've seen others have the same problem unless they're on WinXP. So I fire up my Droid, connect to the WiFi, and tether the Droid to my laptop and get a good internet connection.

    I've had to do the same thing at some beach houses I've been to; one simply didn't HAVE internet access set up, the other did but they neglected to provide the WEP key to us, so I was able to use my 3g those times.
     

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