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How to get wireless tether on my EVO?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by lnong, Jul 14, 2010.

  1. lnong

    lnong Member
    Thread Starter

    Jun 4, 2010
    Sorry for this noob question, but I've tried searching this and other android forums for this info and there's so much info and it's confusing the hell out of me..

    Anyway, I have a stock EVO with the latest OTA update (software version: 1.47.651.1) and it has never been rooted. All I want to do now is be able to use wireless tether (with multiple laptops) via my EVO. What is the easy/best way to achieve this?

    I know the first thing I need to do is root the EVO. Should I do this using Unrevoked, or using something like SimpleRoot? For my purposes, what's the difference b/t these two methods?

    Next, is wireless tether an app that I have to download somewhere? If so, which is the best one (if there are more than one). Or will this feature surface automatically after rooting the phone. Or does it come on some ROM that I need to flash?

    And finally, what is this Radio/WiMax patch thing that everyone is trying to put on their phone?



  2. 355spider

    355spider Well-Known Member

    Jul 5, 2010
    Too late. You did the OTA. You can't use unrevoked now. It was locked out with the OTA. Some of us who did not update have unrevoked and free hotspot. You will have to wait for unrevoked 2 or ugrade your sprint account and pay the extra $30/month for the built in hotspot.
  3. kamikazekyle

    kamikazekyle Well-Known Member

    Jun 14, 2010
    You can still root even after the OTA update, just not using Unrevoked. I did mine manually, but supposedly SimpleRoot now works with the OTA. I'm not sure if it unlocks the NAND for custom ROMs and the like.

    Beyond that, for a full root and NAND unlock, this guide will probably help (I used two different ones I can't find offhand -- see the Root subform for more info):

    [TUTORIAL] EVO Full Root|OTA Root|Nand Backup/Restore|Flashing|for n00b's + videos - xda-developers

    Once rooted in some fashion, you should then be able to get a wireless tether from the market. Some ROMs (like Fresh) include a wireless tether by default.

    EDIT: Oh, regarding the radio patch. It basically upgrades the cell/wimax radio software for better performance/reception/battery life/bug fixes/etc. Different versions have different logs, so you'll have to look up the changelogs.
  4. Braaainz

    Braaainz Well-Known Member

    Jun 7, 2010
    Call sprint and add the hotspot feature to your plan. Easily done.
  5. gezzuzz

    gezzuzz Well-Known Member

    Jun 6, 2010
  6. neodorian

    neodorian Well-Known Member

    Jan 5, 2010
    Video Producer
    Baltimore, MD
    Either pay for Sprint's branded service or root (gain "admin" rights) and then you can install Wifi Tether. The "root" forum here as well as forums on xda-developers list multiple ways to root. Basically you need superuser rights to access the relevant system files and install that program. Sprint's paid app has those rights or you can use one of the multiple ways to get those rights on your own so you can install a wireless tethering app.

    Rooting is not hard but if for whatever reason you don't want to set yourself up as a superuser, you can still use programs like PDANet for USB tethering.

    Personally, I tend to root my phones eventually but I'm currently lazy and waiting for a full Froyo ROM before I root and flash. For the time being I am settling for USB tethering. I tend to use that anyway since it charges while tethering. If I needed wifi tethering I would probably just root and install it. Sprint charges too much for the amount of time I would be using it. It would be nice if they had wrapped wifi tethering in with their "true unlimited" and "premium" data pack but I guess you gotta keep the stock holders happy ;)
  7. Gooey

    Gooey New Member

    Jul 15, 2010
    Can someone please tell me: is it possible to wirelessly tether an Itouch to an htc evo? If so, how do I do it?
  8. InstantKarma

    InstantKarma Well-Known Member

    Dec 16, 2009
    Houston, Tejas
    Yeah, I do exactly that with wireless tether. You have to be rooted for that app, though.

    I don't know why it wouldn't work with EasyTether or PDANet, but I can't say for sure.

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