Newbie hotspot question

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    Ok, this question may seem pretty basic - but this is my very first cell phone so bear with me. I'm thinking of using my x as a hotspot and getting rid of DSL for my older Imac (G4). Do I need an airport to do it? Or is it as simple as using a usb cord? Thanks for the help!

    Leah
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    Hey leah. I have mobile hotspot on my droid x and its great when its working. Me and many others are having trouble keeping it connected for more than a few minutes though. Something is wrong with the software i think. I was hoping 2.2 would fix it but it didnt. Its honestly not worth the extra $20 a month until someone fixes it. I cant get anyone on here to give any information about it. So as of yet, i would wait until they fix it. It is one of the most frustrating things ive ever dealt with!
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    Try pdanet from the Market. Free APP and free connection. Just be warned if you do too much, someone at Verizon may ask questions.
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    I have hotspot, and it's worked fine for me. It makes a great backup and work around solution for when you can't get anything better.

    You do not need a USB cord.
    The unit creates it's own WiFi network, so you don't need a wireless router (Airport).


    But I don't recommend using it for your primary internet connections.

    Reasons are:

    1) You only get 2GB a month. Unless you use very little media like streaming music or video (this includes downloads from the iTunes Store) it's going to run out very quickly.

    2) It eats batteries for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Anything over an hour and you'll want to have your phone plugged into power.

    3) It is a lot slower than DSL. Way slower. Massively slower. Forget downloading that HD movie on iTunes. The picture album you wanted to put up on your site, go to bed, maybe in the morning it will be there, maybe.

    If you really want to get rid of your DSL and none of the preceding seems important, then your best bet is tethering. This is not offered by Verizon. Depending on the solution you choose you may have to root your phone, and it will probably require the use of a USB cable hooked up to the computer.

    On the plus side it works off your phone's unlimited data plan, not the $20 dollar extra 2GB plan for the mobil hotspot.

    For more information on the pros and cons of tethering do a search on the forum and browse the results. Or maybe someone who knows will provide a direct link.
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    Thanks!

    Wow, sounds like a hotspot is not the way to go. I'm going to investigate tethering. I have to confess that I don't even know what that means... But, if the hotspot is way slower than DSL and has a 2GB limit than I certainly don't want to do it! And saving the $20 a month sounds good too. Of course, the Verizon rep made it sound like the hotspot would be perfect.
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    PDAnet is a USB tether APP and is one of very few that do not require you to root your phone.
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    Summary (moved from bottom of post). Using your cell phone as your primary internet connection is a good idea only if you are willing to live with slow speeds and an average data consumption of under 5GB a month.

    Long Version

    The hotspot is great, for what it is. A way to get a quick internet connection for just about any wireless device in places where you'd otherwise have nothing.

    Tethering will be just as slow. Anything through your phone is going to be slower than DSL. This is a current limitation of the technology, and it probably won't change significantly for several years. And when it does, DSL or it's replacement will be even faster too.

    What you want is doable, but only if you understand the limitations and are willing to live with them. Low speed is the biggest one. The second is data consumption.

    As Technoman mentioned, Verizon doesn't approve of tethering. If you use it too much the account could get flagged and some questions asked. They say it's unlimited data, but they have certain expectations about the devices that people will be using. Few smartphone users go above the unofficial 5GB's that Verizon expects. Doing so constantly and excessively would be unwise.
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    Ok, now my question is - how slow is slow? I have the slowest DSL right now. The verizon salesperson told me that the hotspot would work just fine in place of my DSL. She was blowing sunshine up my backside right? Ugh. So frustrating... My other question is - how much space do normal internet users use? I have no idea how far 5 GB would get me... Not very far I'm assuming. Thanks again for all the advice. Mostly I was trying to save myself some money. I want to drop my landline, but since it's bundled with my internet - the price of my internet goes way up. If I could use my phone I'd save a bunch.
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    Usage varies a lot from person to person. Go through your ISP's site. Somewhere there should be a page or report that tells you what your average monthly usage is. If you can't find it give them a call and ask.

    Slow is relative to what you do. Do you do a lot of downloading? Do you watch Hulu.com? Do you play online games like WOW? None of these are going to like your slow connection.

    If all you normally do is read emails and browse the web you'd be fine. But expect even casual video watching like YouTube and the imbedded stuff on web pages to get slower.

    If you only do large downloads occasionally, check around your area for free Wifi at internet cafes, or even McDonalds. You could go get a cup of coffee and grab a few files.

    But it's not like you have to rush into it. Do the tethering thing. Try it for a while until you are sure you can live with it, and only then get rid of your DSL.
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    I downloaded the PDAnet app and am ready to give it a try. It says i need to download something to my computer. Is the software safe? And can i get by without it? Any information helps. Thanks!
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    Also, where can i get the proper usb cable for my droid x?
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    It came with the proper cable.
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    Not saying youre wrong but i dont think mine came with any cables. Ive looked in all the boxes but dont see anything. Can i get a replacement from verizon?
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    The cable you charge it with will work. Just disconnect it from the part that plugs in the wall.
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    I must have a different charger than you. Ill look for a connection cable on ebay or something
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    It should be the same. My charger has two parts. The power supply and the USB cable which will disconnect from the power supply.

    If it's the one you got with the X, they should be the same.

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    I had the phone shipped to my house and this is the charger that came in the box. I bet its not the right one.
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    Correct. Did you buy this direct from Verizon? You should have gotten a Sync cable and USB charger.

    Strange ...

    Well, these cables are fairly standard now, and easy to buy at any Best Buy, Walmart or Online.
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    It is just a standard USB to MicroUSB cable. You should be able to find one anywhere that they sell computers and accessories.
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    Bought one off of Ebay. Thanks guys!
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