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Root TUTORIAL: Setup Wifi Tethering

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by GrdLock, Mar 16, 2010.

  1. GrdLock

    GrdLock Well-Known Member
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    EDIT: This guide is obsolete now with the latest 0_3 rom.

    Feel free to delete this thread mods.
     

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  2. alprazolam

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    Okay...I was okay without root but now I'm getting antsy. Let's get it on with 2.1 leaked beta! :)
     
  3. Thats

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    Thank you grd! I'll be doing this once I ROOT my phone this weekend! I'm pumped!
     
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    One more thing Grd, how much faster is the speed when you WiFi tether compared to regular tethering with an application and using USB?
     
  5. thegreathoe

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    I joined the forum just to tell you thanks!!! :D

    tried it out and it works great!
     
  6. GrdLock

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    Well, PDANet connects at 2.4mbps I believe. I just ran this Speedtest using wifi:

    [​IMG]

    So I guess it's a LITTLE faster, although both tests I ran had a rather high ping time.
     
  7. pkopalek

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    What if I want to share my wi-fi connection with another device, like an iPod touch, or another Eris that is just using WiFi (like my gf's Cricket eris that just has Web Only mobile network)?

    Is this possible?

    Does your Eris appear like a Wi-Fi hotspot that only one connection can be made to?
     
  8. GrdLock

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    It only supports adhoc mode, not infrastructure. Only one device can connect. This is a limitation of the hardware.

    But yes, your phone will appear as a wireless network that you can connect to with a computer, ipod, etc.
     
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  9. 4x4le

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    I am very new to all of this linux stuff so please bear with me here.


    Is there any disadvantage of doing this the easy way you listed first?
     
  10. GrdLock

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    You may just want to hold off on this now. With the progress made yesterday, a new rooted rom will be available and a lot of these steps will be already built into the new rom.
     
  11. davros

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    Yes this is getting painful

    Sent from my Eris using Tapatalk
     
  12. Styk

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    so now that the new rom is out, this doesnt work for me anymore, im assuming its not supposed to?
     
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    So the WEP encryption doesn't work on this correctly for me. I will hold off using it until then.
     
  14. hoban

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    This app doesn't work for me, I've included the bug report I created but perhaps one of you can help me figure it out?

    Which device (manufacturer, type)?
    HTC Eris with Verizon
    Which firmware is installed?
    eris_0_2.zip
    What version of wireless tether are you using?
    2.0-pre8
    What steps will reproduce the problem?
    1. Launch android-wifi-tether
    2. Press to start tethering
    3. Message pops up: "Tethering started with errors! Please check 'show log'."
    4. Log contains:
    "Loading wlan.ko module...
    done
    Configuring WiFi interface...
    done
    Activating WiFi interface...
    failed
    Enabling NAT rules...
    done
    Enabling IP forwarding...
    done
    Tethering now running...
    done"

    What is the expected output? What do you see instead?
    Expected: Activating WiFi interface... done
    I saw instead: Activating WiFi interface... failed

    The access point appears when I scan for it with my laptop, but I can't make a connection to it.
     
  15. thegreathoe

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    we figured this one out a few hours ago... tether looks of ifconfig in teh wrong place... so create a symlink for it...

    in adb shell as root:

    ln -s /system/xbin/ifconfig /system/bin/ifconfig


    then try it out :)
     
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  16. hoban

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    thanks! I should have checked back here sooner, grdlock helped me with this a few mins ago on irc, but I really appreciate your help thegreathoe!
     
  17. Thats

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    Still wondering if this is the best wifi tethering app for Rooted users? Any help would be appreciated!
     
  18. pkopalek

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    I get everything 'done' except the third one

    Activating WiFi Interface...
    failed

    When I hit Menu > Log

    Going to reboot, then try with WiFi actually TURNED ON.
     
  20. GrdLock

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    mount -o rw,remount /dev/block/mtdblock3 /system
    ln -s /system/bin/xbin/ifconfig /system/bin/ifconfig

    That should get it goin. This is fixed in eris_0_3.zip btw.
     
  21. pkopalek

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    I figured it out. You have to use the HTC version.

    Click on the version for the HTC Hero (it might say for Android 1.5 on it) and download the latest release of it. Works perfectly.

    I was using the Nexus One version, and it kept failing.

    Downloads - android-wifi-tether - Project Hosting on Google Code

    It's the second or third from the bottom on that list. It says 'htc' in the filename.
     
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  22. Styk

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    fyi I am running the 03 and I had to use the link in pkopaleks post
     
  23. screennamie

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    So how do I install or tether wirelessly via wifi for my laptop?

    .. this is the main reason I rooted besides the nav and all the other little bells and whisltes.
     
  24. Ruh17

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    I'm using the last file listed in pkopalek's link. works great. How do I put a password on it so others can't jump onto my phone? Is it it one user at a time only? It lists in the menu the option to enable wifi-encryption and has a spot for a password, but when I use my pc to link to the connection it doesn't ask for me to enter any password. Any ideas?
     
  25. Ruh17

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    I think i answered you in the PM but for others that aren't sure...

    Use pkopalek's link. I downloaded the last file listed. mount your sd card to your computer. drag the file onto your sd card. Unmount. Use an app such as Astro to locate the file you just added. Click on it and install.
     

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