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Tethering? Nah, one step better


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  1. bluesk1d

    bluesk1d Active Member This Topic's Starter

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    Tethering is great and all but it requires tweaking on the computer OS to be able to do it. I suggest developing a wireless router application much like the open source DD-WRT router firmware lite version. This would make using your phone's 3G connection as simple as connecting to any other secure wi-fi network. For a limited time only I will offer up this idea to a dev and not even expect royalties! :p
     

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  2. Scamp

    Scamp Active Member

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    I like. Of course the concept of an army of people wandering around offering up WiFi access to everyone via their unsecured G1's would give the T-Mobile execs the screaming heebie jeebies.
     
  3. bluesk1d

    bluesk1d Active Member This Topic's Starter

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    What early Android adopter is going to be walking around with unsecured wi-fi enabled? ;)

    A nice big warning message about overage fees and such if you try to unsecure it should suffice.
     
  4. Scamp

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    Me! Me! Me!

    (but that's just the anarchist in me that has to be let out every now and then.... )
     
  5. mckinleytabor

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    There is currently an application for Windows Mobile that does exactly this.

    http://www.wmwifirouter.com/

    I can attest to the usefulness of the concept. On a resent multi-hour driving trip, we used a single mobile phone to connect three laptops and a PDA to the internet via this software, completely wireless*. It was SLOW, but we could check our email, update RSS, and otherwise amuse ourselves.

    *we did have all sorts of wires running to cigarette lighter outlets and AC/DC converters getting power. :)
     
  6. Scamp

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    Damn. You just cost me $19.95. Thanks.
     
  7. bluesk1d

    bluesk1d Active Member This Topic's Starter

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    lol! If I had WinMo, it would have cost me $19.95 as well.
     
  8. Scamp

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    I played with it last night. It was fairly painless to setup and seems to work except it kept dropping connection. I think it is somehow related to the phones power saver mode. Perhaps I will actually read some of the documentation tonight and see if they address this issue.

    I was getting just over 100k performance out of it which is about what you would expect from Edge.
     
  9. bluesk1d

    bluesk1d Active Member This Topic's Starter

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    Does it offer any cool routerish features like vpn tunnels or QoS?
     
  10. Chainfire

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    As one of the developers of WMWifiRouter, I can tell you that we are working on it :)

    (and for those that already bought WMWifiRouter for Windows Mobile... your license keys may just work on Android as well...)
     
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    richy240 Well-Known Member

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    This just keeps getting better and better! (I don't have a key for WM, but I like to see the devs allowing their keys to be platform-independent!) :D

    And anyway, this concept would still be tethering technically, just wireless tethering.
     
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    Work faster dammit! :D
     
  13. drustvold

    drustvold Well-Known Member

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    Hey I happen to hate wires so this is great. Can't wait.
     
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    As an android customer, I might just buy this software if it came out for Android, it looks awesome :D
     
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    porquepine Well-Known Member

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    As someone who travels 30% of the time, this would be awesome! My only request is to make sure you can manage by MAC addresses or with a KEY so others do not jump on while surfing at the Doubletree Hotel in downtown Omaha NE which charges $9.99 per night for their crappy DSL service using a 2 foot wired connection!:D LOL
     
  16. jcott28

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    I would for sure purchase this app. Would make my life so much easier when I travel to places that have no internet. On phone is all well and good for many things, but using the laptop; oh, what joy.
     
  17. metallic9900

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    I too would download and pay for WIFIROUTER for my G1. The Tetherbot app. is fine for now and I so thank the mastermind that created it, but I need an app. that'll connect anything I have on my pc not just a browser, as in yahoo messenger, etc etc. Full tethering from phone to G1 like WMwifirouter does. Hurry Hurry Hurry!!! I need a date when it's getting released because I want to be the very first person to buy it...lol
     
  18. Rob

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    Yeah... I think I'd buy this as well... as long as I could track how much data I'm using so I don't get the T-Mobile Ban Hammer!
     
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    Parrothd, the app. you are using is tetherbot correct?
     
  21. parrothd

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    I was using tetherbot.

    Now I'm using dnsmasq & iptables and wifi...No more cable, or proxy settings, but the setup requires some Unix knowledge and you need root access.
     
  22. grahamsz

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    Out of curiosity, are you able to do this with the published android APIs or are you having to put stuff together at a lower level?

    I wrote the tetherbot app, but it doesn't feel like there are enough pieces available to run a wireless AP
     
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    I'd like to check that out but Unix commands and root access is what I'm sorely lacking. Outside of the DOS command line I'm rather dumb and blind. I went to the site you linked earlier on Graham's thread but much of it went over my head.

    I understand inputting commands, it's just not clear whether the commands are made from the phone with a telnet app or from the host computer's telnet.

    Is there a site that has taken the info on the xda-dev forum and made it more reader-friendly to us Unix-challenged folk?
     
  24. GODMODE

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    NAt/Gateway app would be better. Router, of course. Ability to allow/disallow (kickout) people at will.

    WPA/WEP, obviously.
     
  25. BillC

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    Anyone heard anymore regarding WMWifiRouter? I'm ready to buy :)
     

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