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Tethering on the N900 – Part 4 (Hotspot)

In case you didn’t know, the N900 is capable of creating a hotspot and share its 3G internet connection with other wireless devices. Sharing via a Hotspot is the top-dog of all tethering options. There are currently two ways available to get this set up.

Mobile Hotspot (Free)

Like all maemo.org downloads, this comes free – courtesy of the maemo.org community. Setup however, requires installation of a modified kernel (power-kernel), also available in Extras.

Kernel

1. Install the ‘Enhanced Linux kernel for power users’ package from the Application Manager.

2. Reboot.

3. To verify if the kernel was installed correctly enter ‘uname -a’ in X-Terminal. The output should be something like

$ uname -a
Linux Nokia-N900 2.6.28.10power37 #1 PREEMPT Wed May 26 00:24:03 EEST 2010 armv7l unknown

Un-install however requires a couple of commands on the command-line.

Mobile Hotspot

1. Install Mobile Hotspot from the Application Manager.

2. Launch Mobile Hotspot.

3. Select Connection.

4. Select Hotspot name and enter one.

5. Enable WEP encryption and enter a WEP code (at least 5 characters) if you wish. WEP is insecure anyway!

6. Click Start. When ‘Stop’ appears the hotspot is ready for service.

I often have issues with Mobile Hotspot. My wifi-router requires a reboot every time I run Mobile Hotspot at home. Not sure why that happens. You might also encounter some bugs but the app is still usable. It effectively hides all the complexities involved in the setup.

Joiku (Paid)

A paid application that offers a few more options compared to Mobile Hotspot. I think its on sale in the Ovi Store this month at $4.99.

I plan to close out the ‘Tethering..’ series with a summary that will present most (if not all) the tethering options that the N900 can bring to the table. I hope the posts were useful.

The ideal travel companion

I have come rely almost completely on the N900 during travel.

Sitting now at the boarding gate while I just watched a family video emailed to me right after I posted a picture to my private wordpress blog (via pixelpipe). sent a bunch of sms’es. picked up a rebtel contact from my online account and called him. It would be nice to see a Rebtel app for the N900 :).

what’s up with additional searches for Economy passengers before boarding the aircraft?

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Cell connection switching

Its annoying to see the data connection keeps dropping as the cell signal switches between 2.5G, 3G and 3.5G. I installed the 2G/3G switcher to force a signal mode but then I need to keep monitoring it. The hotel seems to be in a pocket where there is no strong signal. So the mode continuously moves between 2G and 3G. I am hoping the new home location has a good signal.

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Signed up for T-Mobile

February 28, 2010 Comments off

First order of business after arriving in Orlando yesterday was to sign-up with T-Mobile. Their no-contract plans are awesome. I signed up for the family-plan and got a line for my wife too. Its great that we can use our Nokia phones here in the US without any strings attached. I’m lovin it. T-Mobile’s got a winner here.

Also took their offer for the first month free $10 unlimited data-plan on both the lines. The rep said he was excited that T-mobile will be carrying the N900 very soon. I didn’t divulge that I was an N900 owner ;). But it turned out that both the E51 and 3120 Classic were unable to use the data connection. I kept getting an ‘upgrade required’ error in the browser. However, changing the APN to internet2.voicestream.com (from the default epc.tmobile.com) got the data connection going on both phones and the N900!

I plan to use the data connection heavily in the coming days as I go house hunting – it will be a critical test of the N900’s usability that I previously untapped.

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