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General Wifi tethering and such

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by namu1107, Jun 13, 2010.

  1. namu1107

    namu1107 Well-Known Member
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    Hey, can someone explain to me what exactly is wifi tethering and the diff b/w normal tethering? I kind of have a general idea, but I want to be sure.

    I know, its a dumb question, but after reading 600+ plus posts in the last 3 hours on how to root a phone, my head hurts...
     

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  2. copestag

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    simple explanation......

    tethering: hooking your computer to your phone via usb and using the phones internet connection on the computer (anyone can do this using pdanet)

    wifi tethering: your phone becomes a wireless hotspot.... you can wirelessly connect to the internet through your phone with multiple computers (you cant do this unless youre rooted)
     
  3. cableguynoe

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    I'm a cableguy....really
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    Allow me

    Normal tethering = Cool

    Wifi tethering = Frekin Awesome!!
    :D

    Friends, family, and others will thank you when you say " Oh, you need internet access? Give me a sec..."
     
  4. cableguynoe

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    Oh, and if your rom didn't include it, you can find wifi tether here
     
  5. DFA1

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    Won't PDAnet do bluetooth tethering? Can this be done with multiple computers?
     
  6. Demache

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    Not at once. Bluetooth is generally point to point.
     
  7. namu1107

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    So can VZW detect that your using wifi tethering? Does it use DATA?
     
  8. scary alien

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    Yes, definitely uses data.

    I've seen opinions posted both ways regarding whether they can tell (and care). Many say that they can only detect your high data usage (and who cares since you are paying for unlimited anyway?). I've yet to see anything stamped official from VZW saying you can't / shouldn't (but hey, did everyone read the fine print that came with their phones...I didn't :), so maybe it says in there...).

    Its funny that I was "dissuaded" from using a video camera viewing application for home security monitoring when I purchased my phone ("that's not really a good idea"..."too much data..."...blah-blah-blah). I do use it though :D.
     
  9. jdeguzman

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    Do you need to be rooted for this?
     
  10. scary alien

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    Wi-fi tethering, yes. USB / wired tethering, no (i.e., you can do this via EasyTether, PDANet, etc.).
     
  11. namu1107

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    Well im okay... as far a data goes. I used only 300mb last month, and I don't wifi tether much. I was getting my car fixed today, and I looked at my DATA before that, so we'll see how much data was used in that 30 min i was sitting.

    I researched it after I posted it and EVERYONE has a different opinion. I'm sure if someone gets caught, we'll hear about it on this site
     
  12. scary alien

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    +1 :)
     
  13. namu1107

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    I do have another question. What are the workings of wifi tethering? To be more specific, what are we doing while rooting that is allowing us to wifi tether? I guess the reason why I'm asking is, A.) Friend of mine is using a blackburry curve and says he can do it just by downloading an app, b.) isn't froyo standard with it? That would mean they could do it without root...
     
  14. scary alien

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    Yeah, wi-fi will be available/standard with FroYo IF your carrier allows it to be. Wi-fi needs access to system-level calls/routines (radio/network, etc.) that are locked-down / restricted unless you have root (keys-to-the-kingdom) access.
     
  15. mastershotx

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    What app does he use to WIFI tether the blackberry curve ??
     
  16. Peter123

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    How about the speed of wifi tether (vs. USB tether, vs. computer wifi router speed)?
    Peter
     
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    Kinda late to this post, but can someone give me a step-by-step process of enabling wifi tethering on my Eris?

    Thanks
     
  18. iggypop123

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    must have rooted phone. if so its fairly easy. open up app wireless teether. if not downlaod it from market. then press the the screen and done deal.
     

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