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Why is my phone doing AD-HOC?

Discussion in 'Android General Discussions' started by Apota, Jul 16, 2011.

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    I'm tring to run WiFi tethering software so I can get internet access on my Toshiba Thrive Tablet. I have an original Motorola Droid phone. I rooted the phone and when I run any WiFi tethering software it's broadcasting in Ad-Hoc mode. For some reason my Tablet can't see any Ad-Hoc networks. So, this is a big problem for me.

    My friend has a Droid Incredible and he has a custom ROM installed on his phone and his phone doesn't broadcast in Ad-Hoc mode, his phone broadcasts with a regular WiFi connection. Why does his work that way and mine only works in Ad-Hoc? Do I have to install a custom ROM to get mine to work in regular WiFi mode? If so, which ROM is recommended?

    Another solution is to get my Tablet to recognize Ad-Hoc networks. Is there some way to do that also?

    Thanks so much for all your help and time!
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    I used to have an OG and I used the WiFi tethering app religiously. I believe it has to do with the hardware configurationof the OG. To my knowledge the OG only broadcasts the WiFi signal as an adhoc connection. If your tab has a usb port you could tether via usb cable.

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    What's an OG? Well, like I said my friend has a Droid Incredible with a custom ROM and his doesn't broadcast in Ad-Hoc. He broadcasts in regular mode (whatever it's called).

    I guess if I can't get the WiFi working I'll have to do it via cable. My Tablet has 2 USB ports. A regular USB port & a mini USB port. Do I have to run apps on both the phone and the Tablet to connect via USB? If so, what apps are recommended to run on both? Thanks!
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    Correct. The Droid was not "capable" through Verizon of a wireless hotspot, because of the hardware limitation.
    The wifi tether is a workaround using ad-hoc as the connection.

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    So, are you saying even though the Droid Incredible can broadcast in regular WiFi mode that the original Droid can't do it and it can only broadcast in Ad-Hoc because of hardware limitations?

    If that's so, then I either have to get my Table to see Ad-Hoc networks, or find out how to tether with a USB cable. Do I have to run aps on both the Droid and the Tablet to get it to work via a USB cable? All the USB Tethering aps I can find seem to only work with PCs and not Tablets.

    If that's true I've been reading that you can get Tablets to find Ad-Hoc networks, but you have to make some modifictions, but I can't find any information on how to do it with the Toshiba Thrive. Does anybody know anything about that? Thanks.
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    I'm sorry I know nothing about that tablet.

    However the Xoom can be made to see ad-hoc, from what I've heard.

    And I believe the PC needs a driver to tether using USB, so I don't know that the tablet would work in the same fashion.
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    From what I've been reading online you can get tablets to see Ad-Hoc networks. You need to patch the wpasupplicant. There are different versions of the wpasupplicant 0.5 and 0.6. I don't know if any of those versions will even work with my tablet. I can't find any information on it with my tablet. Here are some links that I found about it. Maybe somebody with more knowledge can help me with it.

    Adhoc Patch for Android wpasupplicant

    Android Ad-hoc support hack/wpa_supplicant - xda-developers

    From what I can tell you can't do a USB tether to a Tablet, but I'm not sure if that's true or not.

    It looks like my older Droid phone only supports Ad-Hoc and that it's a hardware issue, so if I get a newer phone like the Droid Incredible then I won't have the Ad-Hoc issue, but I'm not completely sure about that issue either. Thanks!


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