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Tethering getting nerfed?

Discussion in 'ChevyNo1' started by Fault, Jun 30, 2010.

  1. Fault
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    Chevy just wanted to point out that tethering with 2.2 in the new froyo build is no longer free according to droid life. Thought id point that out.

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    It seems to catch everyone by surprise. If Chevy's built-from-source 4.3 ROM is using the FRF84b code for it, it'll be a problem. If not, users will be fine... or they can use this to tether "off the clock" anyway.
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    Does it really show up any different than the wireless tether from market? Thats what Ive been trying to figure out. The wireless from market still works, but is VZW gonna catch and kill me for it?
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    Just tested this quickly in 4.3 - works no problems - I did not get redirected to any page :)
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    My BB v0.4 is working and doesn't seem to be any different than prior ROMs I've tried....working just fine.

    I did notice that in the settings, there's an option to USB tether... would that be an option easier than PDAnet? Like built in already?
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    I'm sure Pete turned it off, but that's the option that everyone's getting their panties in a twist over.

    As for showing up differently, it's not reporting home to mommy that your phone's doing bad, bad things. Using the stock (included) option will.
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    I wouldn't be surprised if they could track it via the internal app - but why am I (and others) not getting the redirect to the page, as Droid Life mentions?
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    Running bb .4 I tried using the built in tethering. I got redirect telling me about the good deal $25/month is for the service. Tried the USB tether app. Worked fine.
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    WiFi tethering works just fine. Use the app, not the built-in networking option.

    1. I selected the WiFi-Tether app and "Start Tethering"
    (If first time, allow superuser privileges.)

    2. On laptop (ubuntu 10.04) went to wireless networks and selected the droid.

    3. Droid buzzed that a client was connected.

    4. Reloaded this page to see if I'd get a redirect. I DID NOT.

    5. Tracerouted:
    # traceroute Droid Forum - Covering all Verizon Droid Phones: Motorola Droid, Droid X, Droid 2, Droid Incredible and Droid Eris
    traceroute to droidforums.net (74.86.245.34), 64 hops max, 40 byte packets
    1 192.168.2.254 (192.168.2.254) 2 ms 3 ms 2 ms
    2 129.sub-66-174-217.myvzw.com (66.174.217.129) 1514 ms 1076 ms 790 ms
    3 35.sub-66-174-217.myvzw.com (66.174.217.35) 820 ms 192 ms 359 ms
    4 201.sub-69-83-175.myvzw.com (69.83.175.201) 211 ms 761 ms 242 ms
    5 18.sub-69-83-174.myvzw.com (69.83.174.18) 218 ms 183 ms 422 ms
    6 70.sub-66-174-29.myvzw.com (66.174.29.70) 243 ms 100 ms 234 ms
    7 67.sub-66-174-29.myvzw.com (66.174.29.67) 109 ms 121 ms 101 ms
    8 2.sub-69-83-160.myvzw.com (69.83.160.2) 94 ms 98 ms 102 ms
    9 GigabitEthernet0-0-0.GW3.VEG2.ALTER.NET (152.179.47.1) 109 ms 98 ms 125 ms
    10 0.xe-1-2-0.XL4.VEG2.ALTER.NET (152.63.113.174) 94 ms 160 ms 117 ms
    11 0.so-1-2-0.XL4.DFW7.ALTER.NET (152.63.98.81) 203 ms 392 ms 173 ms
    12 TenGigE0-7-0-0.GW4.DFW13.ALTER.NET (152.63.101.9) 469 ms 637 ms TenGigE0-7-2-0.GW4.DFW13.ALTER.NET (152.63.101.29) 251 ms
    13 internapGIGE1-gw.customer.alter.net (65.208.15.230) 161 ms 145 ms 158 ms
    14 border3.tge3-1-bbnet1.ext1.dal.pnap.net (216.52.191.22) 163 ms 145 ms 172 ms
    15 te1-2.cer02.dal01.networklayer.com (216.52.189.30) 180 ms 153 ms 172 ms
    16 po2.fcr03.dal01.networklayer.com (66.228.118.190) 172 ms 202 ms 169 ms
    17 server10.fiendish.net (74.86.245.34) 173 ms 175 ms 164 ms

    Works for me like it should.

    Ehud

    EDIT: Looks like the forum converts simple domain names like " www . droidforums . net " (without spaces) into the link you see above. Disregard. It's a forum artifact.
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    My guess would be it's something built into the stock app, so it should only be a problem in FRF84b and its immediate derivatives, unless it's something in the source code... but if some people (read, built-from-source and FRF57-derived ROM users) aren't having the problem, I'm guessing it's a Verizon "value-add" thing.

    Value for them, not for us, of course. :)

    I'd think someone building a ROM from source would have noticed it during the build too, and hopefully disabled it, if it was hard-coded in and not a Verizon exclusive feature.

    Of course, those who WiFi tether exclusively are (currently) unaffected since that's using an app (and I use that wired app because it was more convenient, AND offered far greater control, for me). The people who want to tether this way are all rooted anyway, and Verizon has no way to monitor that other than on a case-by-case basis except by straight data usage. Those of us that root should always be able to find a workaround for pretty much any problem, but my guess is since the majority of Droid users aren't rooted this is a ploy to capture that market. However, why would anyone pay $25 per month to use it when you can pay $10 once for EasyTether, readily available from the market, and be done with it? That's what I don't get... It's not that hard to install a program on a computer, and if you're on Windows XP you have to install a bloody driver from the web if you're using the built-in app anyway.

    Unless Verizon pushes out another update that includes a built-in WiFi tethering app (a la Palm Pre) to try to boost sales once the X comes out, I think we're covered using whatever rooted apps we currently enjoy.
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    Good to hear chevy!
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