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Discussion in 'Android Applications' started by Ray_L, Apr 26, 2010.

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    Hi All,

    I have heard that the Droid can be used with the PC as a 3G WiFi connection. I currently have a Verizon pcmcia wifi card that I'd like ditch if there is a way to use the Droid.

    I just got my Droid (Motorola) and haven't played with it too much yet, but assume it requires a USB connection and an app to accomplish this.

    Anyone know how this is done?

    Thanks to all who reply,
    Ray
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    PDANet

    One suggestion, although I am sure there are others..

    PDAnet by junefabrics can do this. It works well, and can even work via bluetooth. I don't remember the cost of the app though.

    Another one:
    Easy Tether, cheaper than PDANet
    http://www.appbrain.com/app/com.mstream.easytether_beta
    Last edited: Apr 26, 2010
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    I've been using PDA net for years (since my winmo phone) and they are great. They have an Android version that is free - but you wont be able to access secure websites. They have a special going on right now for the full version $18.95.
    It is worth every penny. I can't tell you how wonderful it is to use when you are out on the road or in a hotel (with their crap wifi).

    BTW - I'll pre-respond to the next post that is sure to follow "I rooted my droid and use wireless tether for free..." <-- Good for you.
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    And if you don't mind rooting/flashing a custom ROM, CyanogenMod supports USB tethering with NO apps. You just install the drivers on XP (Vista/W7 has them included) and all you do is plug your phone in and your computer will get online.

    To do wifi tethering you download an app and install it (on supporting ROMs) and your good to go.

    So if you want to root you can have wired and wireless tethering for free. If you don't want to then you are stuck with wired and have to pay for PDA Net to access https.
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    Okay, I did mention being new the Droid, right? New to the point that "I rooted my droid" sounds like an off topic plant grafting tip rather than something related to a phone :-0. So, what the heck is that about? Is it painful?
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    Hah. Painful no. Rooting lets you install a custom operating system on your phone (a ROM). These can have custom themes, overclocked kernels (phone runs faster), tethering, tweaked settings, new features, etc.

    You can find more info on that by searching the forum or checking out sites like:

    About | Root Your Droid
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    Here is a great video that will help you along the way, it sure helped me.

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    I'm rooted (hacked) which enables me to tether to my Mac Book Pro. On a recent trip to Charlotte NC, I tethered the two and while my wife was driving I was able to use my Mac Book for hours. Very nice and smooth.

    Spend some time getting to know the phone then begin reading the threads on hacking, themes, etc. If you have a question post it and someone will help.

    Mike
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    I wonder if this built-in usb tether on CM can be used on a mac. Hmm.. time to investigate...
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    I imagine it will work just fine. So far, the only thing I've not been able to do with my Mac is use RSD to root. That limitation is due to Motorola not thinking and only releasing RSD for on platform.

    Let us know how you make out.

    Mike
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    Hi Ray,

    I use EasyTether lite by Mobile Stream, to use my cell phone to access my wifi for my sons' computer in his bedroom.

    The directions are easy to follow.

    Off the top of my head you get the app from the market then run the program on your computer.

    I hope this helps.
    Sanji
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    I loved having PDANet back in the days of using Windows Mobile.

    With the Droid however, I do recommend reading up on rooting and getting it done so you can make your phone into a wireless access point.

    I used the method to flash SPRecovery to my stock 2.1 firmware and gain root/su access. From there I installed one of Chevy01's kernels (theres a thread here containing links to them) that allows overclocking and wireless tethering. Finally, I installed "Wireless Tether for Root Users". Everything you need to know to do all this is in these forums.

    All of this is free.

    Having your Droid function as a wireless access point is the ultimate way to tether, because it is universal: no need for drivers/software on your PC or Mac... all you need is a Wifi Card since the phone simply acts as a wireless AP. You connect to it just as you would your home router or other hotspot.
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    EasyTether now does secure sites for free... on their free version, hence you can get to HTTPS sites with no problem. It was fixed with an update yesterday. They figured out their app (PDA is useless unless you are willing to pay..) re: looking at things such as yahoo mail.. for even yahoo mail kicks off a quick HTTPS session before you are taken to your email page. For my money .. easytether is free(!), seems like the best solution.

    Why would you pay for a tether app?
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    What drivers? Motorola USB drivers? I use wireless tether all the time. Dint realise that CM had usb tethering tooo....hmmmm
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    USB tethering seems faster to me, and I can use it on my desktop that doesn't have wifi. In XP, you have to install some "Internet Sharing Device" drivers that come stock in W7/Vista.
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    Yes, you can ditch your pcmcia card and use PDAnet (without rooting) or other options to replace that functionality. You can use either a usb connection or (if rooted, I believe) a bluetooth wireless connection.

    If you check this forum you will many endless threads regarding whether this is a violation of your contract with Verizon (it is) and whether you are likely to be "caught" for having done so. (Unlikely unless you download massive amounts of data using the 3G connection.)

    The free version of PDAnet enables you to connect to non-secure sites; the paid version enables access to secure (i.e. https) sites. I have little use for the feature since I, too, have a broadband access plan with Verizon tied to a netbook. But I've tried the PDAnet (free) version and it works fine. Of course, a good Wifi connection is usually faster and doesn't raise issues of violating one's contract.
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    Stupid question, do I plug my phone into the PC that has the connection. Or do I plug it into the machine that I need to connect via the application?
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    Everyone,

    I think this thread is about played out by now, so I decided to leave my results to provide a bit of closure. First off, I learned a lot from all the posts - thanks!. In the end I downloaded EasyTether lite by Mobile Stream. Simple to install (very similar to the YouTube link posted on this thread). And yes, by the time I did this, the free version works for https as well.

    Thanks for all the posts!
    RayL
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