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Tethering the Droid
October 21, 2010
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We have the original Motorola Droid which did not offer any tethering option when we got it.  We use the third party tethering software called PDAnet – it's made by http://www.junefabrics.com

Here's the video on how we tether our Droid with no extra charges.

October 24, 2010
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My experience may have nothing to do with the PDAnet app, but when I used it, the first time all was fine. But, when I tried it again the next day, poof – my computer did not recognize my droid at all!  I uninstalled and re-installed both the phone and computer applications, but finally I ended up having the phone replaced by Verizon, because they couldn't get it to be recognized by their system either.  So, I've uninstalled it permanently.

October 24, 2010
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I expect it was an unrelated and unfortunate coincidence, not related to the PDANet.

This is the first Droid USB port failure I have heard about.

I would try again. 

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October 25, 2010
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This may be a little off topic, but when I boot my machine with the Droid attached, it won't boot. It just hangs up until I remove the Droid. As soon as it boots, I re-attach the Droid and all is well.

Day after day as I try to remember, I find my forgetter working better and better.

October 25, 2010
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That's a weird one David!

Jim might have some ideas .. I have none 🙁

I'm just responding so I can ask you how your caravan tour was .. National Parks right?

October 25, 2010
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I suspect your computer CMOS boot order is set to boot from a USB device before the local hard drive.  The Droid will look like a boot device without the proper files and the computer will just wait. 

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October 26, 2010
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Chris, we had a wonderful time on the National Parks Caravan. It was a great bunch of people and the country we toured is spectacular. I have toured all of the parks several times before but never tire of the beauty. thanks for asking.

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October 26, 2010
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Jim,

That explaination sounds plausible but looking at the parameters, USB is last in the list.

Day after day as I try to remember, I find my forgetter working better and better.

November 5, 2010
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Hi, As I understand what I have read here, the PDAnet is “software”
that allows the computer to access the data from the Droid through the
tether?????? I am looking at the Droid2, but, the Verizon
representative told me I had to have Verizon’s software for it to work.
I may have posed the question to her incorrectly, because, until I just
watched your video, I thought it was the tether “cable” that was
purchased from PDAnet not software. I know you have the original
Droid, do you know if the PDAnet software works with the Droid2 also?

I also wonder about reception. During the Gypsy Journal Rally,
Nick mentioned the he has seen a degradation in service with his Verizon
“air card”. Does the Droid use the same broadband as the air card?

I appreciate your help.

November 5, 2010
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Hi  Pauline,

We're pretty sure that PDANet works with the Droid 2, but we can't confirm that with any first-hand knowledge.  Check it out on the junefabrics.com site.

Most Verizon reps will indeed tell you that you need to purchase their solution, although some of them do know about PDANet and will discuss it – they are probably not supposed to.

As for service – yes, the Droid uses the same Verizon signal that a data card does – so when that is bad, your Droid will suffer as well.

November 7, 2010
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Thanks Chris.  So far, we have been very satisfied with the connection of the air card, but we don't travel anywhere near as much as Nick, or you and Jim.  Have you seen any difference lately being able to connect, or having the connection be slower?

November 9, 2010
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1st, I have the Droid 2 and use PdaNet to tether it and it works great. I also use Connectify on my laptop to make it a hotspot so my wife can share my Droid connection. That also works good when there is sufficient bandwidth.

2nd, I travel more then Nick or Chris (84,000 miles since 7/2/07) and I have found all kinds of service from Verizon from pretty fast to extremely slow. I am currently in Mesa, AZ at View Point RV and Golf Resort and my service here is extremely slow most of the time. I was in Redlands, CA a couple of days ago and it was very fast.

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November 10, 2010
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David,  What is Connectify??? How does it work with your Droid and laptop?  I checked their web site and still don't quite understand it's use.  I know you can use PDAnet to tether your Droid to your laptop so your laptop has access to the web through your Droid's account.  But how does Connectify fit in???

 

Thanks.

November 10, 2010
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Barbara,

Jim wrote an article last March about Connectify. Here is a link to that article. He does a better job of explaining it then I could.

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May 4, 2011
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I tried to use PDAnet today and couldn't get an internet connection.  Since I have been using it since I got my Droid X last September I can't understand why it is not working.  So I uninstalled PDAnet and then went to the market and tried to reinstall.  Guess what . . . it is no longer available on the Android Market.  I tried App Brian and it did show up, but when I tried to download the app I got an error message.  There were three user comments, posted over the last three days, basically saying that Verizon pulled the plug on the PDA net app. 

 

Any news on this.  Should I try another tether app??  We're hitting the road in a couple of days and I need my internet!!!

 

Barbara

NoCal

 

 

May 5, 2011
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hmmmm – we recently purchased a 4G hotspot device from Verizon, so we haven't used PDANet in a while.

Jim is researching it.

Meanwhile, there is another tethering program called Easy Tether – you may try that.

http://www.mobile-stream.com/e…..droid.html

May 5, 2011
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Good morning Mrs. Geek,

 

I had a little panic yesterday when I couldn't get pdaNet to work.  I even paid for and installed Easy Tether, which does work.  But after some research and some help from http://www.rvnet

 

You download pdaNet Ver.3 directly to your PC.  It replaces the older version, downloads the drivers, and has you hook up your phone via the cable and it upgrades pdaNet on your phone.  Apparently, the new version also hides the fact that you are tethering.  During the installation it asks if you want to “hide tether”. 

 

So I'm happy again.  We're leaving on a road trip tomorrow so I was able to upgrade both our Droids.

May 5, 2011
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Cool.  Thanks for letting us know Barb.

 

May 18, 2011
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I also got bit by the disappearing PDANet problem. Before I found out you could download it from the junefabrics site I looked for Easy Tether, and found it on the Amazon App Store site (apparently Verizon also pulled Easy Tether from the Android Market).  ET is working great, but I'd like to know if it's ok to have both ET and PDANet installed so you have the option of using either one? Thanks. Jim

May 18, 2011
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I don't think there is any problem having both tethering programs installed.  If ET is working fine for you, why use PDANet?  Back when I started, PDANet was the only solution for secure sites.

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