Tethering for dummies

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    I'm not the brightest bulb on the Christmas tree, but this tethering sounds like it could come in handy. I did the 2.1 upgrade with the help on the forum, so I was wondering if making my Droid able to tether an easy process. I did DL barnacle from the market but it seems theres more to do to get my droid to tether. Any step by steps posted anywhere? I didn't see any.

    Thanks!
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    Medman, Did you do the upgrade with rooted 2.1? If the phone is not rooted tethering will not work. I did the 2.1 upgrade but decided yesterday to go to Cyanogen Rom 5.0.5.7(Cyanogenmod For Droid V5.0.5.7 (04/05/2010) - CyanogenMod Forum). This rom comes with USB tethering. On My Droid it runs at about 1.5MB down and 600 Up.

    If you have updated to 2.1 without rooting you will need to down grade and start over. Check out this link(How To Root Your 2.1 Droid | Android Community). It is very simple. Best of all with the Motorola Software it eliminates the possibility to brick your phone.
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    Barnacle requires that you be rooted. I am running barnacle and it is cool. But I also run Pdanet. It is self explanatory. But I have a video tutorial here: http://www.droidforums.net/forum/hacking-faqs/25263-seen-some-questions-here-video-droidmod.html
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    I did update without rooting. I was hoping for something simple other that downgrading and starting over though.
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    Pdanet does not require you to be rooted, and I have heard of several people using it after the 2.1 upgrade.
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    So, if I did the Pdanet dl to my droid could I say, be in my car with my laptop and use my droid as a hotspot?
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    Pda requires you to plug your droid in to your laptop to use it. If you want a hotspot you need barnacle.
    And I hope you were meaning you car was in park in a parking lot while you tether your phone. Just want to keep it safe.
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    Not really a hotspot as the droid needs to be connected to the laptop with a cable, but your laptop would have internet access.
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    Oops, yep I wouldn't actually be driving the car. :)

    This all sounds pretty straight forward.

    Thanks guys!!
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    Easy Tether works great as well just like PdaNet and it is cheaper. I have seen better speed with EasyTether although both are fast. Check out both of their free versions and see which one works best in your area.
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    Is it true that Pdanet will cost $18 a month after the free trial is over?:icon_eek:
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    It is one time cost, not a monthly fee. They have a free version that does not connect to secure sites.
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    Very cool!!

    I dunno, I think everyone will have a need to tether at some point while they have a computer and phone that has the capability.
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    I agree. What is really cool is turning your droid into a wifi hotspot with 2 clicks. You need to root to do this though. I have used it several times to allow people access with there laptops. Makes you feel like you control the internet and can grant access as you see fit.:)
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    PDAnet also allows you to tether through bluetooth. I use that when I need a quick connect and am too lazy to root through my bag and dig out the cable.

    jc
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    I have bluetooth in my car, so how would it work in that situation?
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    Sorry if I misled you... it doesnt. PDANet allows you to use the Droid as a connection to internet for your PC... you can accomplish that by connecting the droid to the PC through a cable, or through BT.
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    No problem at all. I'm easily confused. :)

    Am I correct in that the PC I'm connecting must have the Pdanet program loaded on prior to me tethering to it?
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    That is correct.
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