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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Claghorn, Aug 20, 2012.

  1. Claghorn

    Claghorn Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    I had an "interesting" experience yesterday and I couldn't have gotten through it without all the stuff I've learned in this forum (Thanks!).

    My comcast cable broke (literally - I can see the end dangling loose at the top of the pole out back). So I had no internet at home. I remembered all the references to FoxFi, so on my phone's 3G connection I looked it up. I can't install it from the market because sprint is run by buttheads, but I could download the .apk from the developer web site and install it that way.

    After doing that, I find I need "PdaNet Tablet" on my Nexus 7, but it has no Wi-Fi. What do I do? Eventually, I discovered that I could install it on my phone, so I did that, ran Titanium Backup to get the .apk stashed on the phone's sdcard, un-installed it, and stuck the sdcard from the phone on my Nexus 7 via OTG, installed the apk file from there, and Bob's my Uncle!

    Once I had the software installed, getting the FoxFi connection going over bluetooth was a breeze, and I could finally run a chat session to comcast to get an appointment for them to come out and fix the cable (which, unfortunately, they still want me there for even though I can see the dangling cable outside). I did try just phoning them, but got disconnected twice when they tried to transfer me - chat support works much better. While I was using new features, I also used the power+voldown screenshot technique to record the chat session screen with the date, time, and ticket number.

    The bluetooth tether does seem to drain the battery pretty fast (especially in the phone), but I can't believe how well it worked.

    Lesson: I'd recommend folks setup tethering while they have Wi-Fi and can easily download the apps they need (even if they don't think they'll need it :).
     



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  2. UserName872

    UserName872 Android Enthusiast

    Glad to hear things worked out for you!! Out of curiosity, why did you need PDAnet for BT tethering on your Nexus? At least on my AT&T S3, I just turn on FoxFi and then connect my Nexus 7 to the mobile hotspot under my devices wifi.
     
  3. Claghorn

    Claghorn Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    I was just following the instructions on the web page I was reading on my tiny phone screen. Perhaps it is needed for bluetooth since my phone won't support wifi tethering.
     
  4. UserName872

    UserName872 Android Enthusiast

    Haha gotcha, just was making sure I didn't miss something in the story! It's amazing how crazy we go without internet. :D
     
  5. devong67

    devong67 Lurker

    FYI - I use FoxFi on my Sprint HTC EVO 4G LTE to wifi tether my Nexus 7 all the time. I didn't need to install PDAnet on the Nexus 7.
     
  6. Covart

    Covart Android Enthusiast

    So the nexus doesn't have tethering capability in the settings, like the S3 does built in?
     
  7. nynvolt

    nynvolt Android Enthusiast

    FoxFi/pdanet tablet work great for me also except the n7 isn't able to detect the phones IP so the WiFi version isn't working. I suspect Verizon is the culprit. But over Bluetooth it rocks, except I can't get Netflix to recognize the internet connection. So really that's the only reason I wanted to tether in the first place is to watch Netflix on a larger screen at lunch. I'm sure I'll figure out a way though.
     
  8. strollin

    strollin Well-Known Member

    The problem isn't Verizon. I have a Droid Razr on Verizon and use FoxFi on my phone with the N7, works great. Occasionally, I can connect to the hotspot but can't access any websites. A reboot of the phone gets things working again. I haven't found any apps that don't work with the connection, Netflix works great as does my Dish app that lets me watch HD video from my satellite.
     
  9. nynvolt

    nynvolt Android Enthusiast

    Are you using Bluetooth or WiFi to connect? Going to try it again, thanks for the advice.
     
  10. strollin

    strollin Well-Known Member

    I'm connecting to the phone's hotspot (started by FoxFi) via the wifi built-in to my N7.
     
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