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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by spartan948265, Sep 27, 2010.

  1. spartan948265

    spartan948265 Active Member
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    Hello,

    I currently use June Fabrics PDANet and you have to install software on the desktop in order for it to function. Is there an App I can install on my non-rooted Motorola Droid 1 without needing to do anything besides just plugging the phone into the desktop?
     

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  2. digdug1

    digdug1 Well-Known Member
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    i really dont think so unless your phone is rooted and your desktop has wifi capabilities.
     
  3. spartan948265

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    Hmm... How is it that some of the iPhone apps can then? Sorry I'm just wondering.
     
  4. digdug1

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    i dont know i have never owned an iphone. but i am guessing they are jailbroken and not stock.
     
  5. have you tried doing an old .dun hack? (using dialup networking)
     
  6. takeshi

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    No need to apologize but iOS isn't germane to Android. What it can or can't do has nothing to do with what Android can or can't do.
     
  7. Highland Ranger

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    For unrooted on Verizon - 2.2 gives you the "tethering" ability but at a fee. I think it uses Windows native software to set up the connection but never tried it

    For rooted - Barnacle App for the phone allows you to set up a wireless access point or hotspot using your phone. Looks like a wireless network to the PC.
     
  8. tpriddy

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    • no verizon fee
    • root okay
    • no special software
    • just connect via windows networking to wifi or bluetooth or USB
    • infrasrtucture, not ad-hoc
    • transparent, allows VPN
    • kind to battery
    Anything like that?
    Barnacle is ad-hoc, and won't work with my company windows config.
     
  9. PhilosoRaptor

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    I'm not sure how or why, but when I use the native USB tethering option in the wireless network settings, it works great for me and it doesn't take me to the Verizon page to pay for the tethering service (and I' not paying for it). So have you tried this? I'm rooted though and am running Chevys SS 4.8 right now. I haven't tried it on 4.8 yet, but I used it on 4.7 a few times with my office computer when we had network outages. All you need installed on the PC are the drivers for the phone, which Vista and Win 7 have found and installed automatically whenever I plug in my phone for the first time.
     
  10. smacky

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    The Droid can not tether natively, meaning it can't be tethered without an app. This is a good thing because you don't pay VZW a fee every month to tether (because they can't check) and you just pay what you pay for the app.

    If you are rooted, you don't pay anything. I use Wireless Tether (that's the name of the app) that you download from the Market and install it and just tap the screen once and it's a hotspot.

    If you don't want to root, I think the only way is those paid apps (assuming you want to enter secure sites because the free ones don't let you) like EasyTether and PDANet.
     
  11. Highland Ranger

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    Wow - anything else?!

    Other than the native tethering which I believe only needs the Motorola driver to set up a windows based connection, you are pretty much outta luck if ad hoc is an issue and you can't install PDAnet on the PC side.

    Not sure how the Verizon charges would work there though.

    I think ad hoc is actually a hardware limitation of the phone - see the barnacle site for explanation.

    Battery life will be an issue no matter what.

    VPN works fine for me through PDAnet or Barnacle.
     
  12. spartan948265

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    I cant install anything on the lab computer where I work. but the computers themselves do not have access to the internet as the room does not have network ports.
     
  13. riffdex

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    Well first off sometimes your work doesn't want you to have access to the internet if these computers have sensitive information on them. Just whatever you do, don't lose your job over something like getting your work computer onto the internet. But anyways, there are two ways (that I know of) that the Droid can tether: ad-hoc, or USB tether. The Droid does not have the necessary hardware to create an infrastructure access point. If it has to be infrastructure you're out of luck. However, you might be able to use USB tether. I've never personally tried USB tether so no idea how you would set that up, or if you need to install anything to the computer. Also, I think you would have to be rooted.
     
  14. tmette

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    The unrooted 2.2 tethering option didn't work for me. Brought me to that stupid Verizon page trying to make me pay for the service. Now that I rooted and installed CyanogenMod 6, there's a tethering option built right in and it works great! Glad I didnt' end up paying the fee for PDANet or Easy Tether Pro!
     
  15. GatorfanDroid

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    Hey I have a question . How did you get to root your phone on the 2.2 update ? I have been trying to do this for a while so I can wifi tether via game system . OH FYI the fee for pdanet is only a 15 fee and is worth if you live out in Yellowstone ha .
     
  16. spartan948265

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    These computers are meant to be disassembled and messed with. These Lab computers contain nothing of value.
     

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