Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Droid Tethering is Functional

I have been playing around with my new Droid for the past few days but have hesitated to attempt to tether it.

I read that you just needed to download a program called PDA Net  and then you could tether your Droid to your computer for an internet connection.    Sometimes, I read it was a free program, then sometimes I read it cost $20 or $30.  I've since learned there is a free version but it has some limitations.  I figured if I could get the free version running successfully, I'd then buy the other version.

I went on to their website before I got the Droid and watched two different video's explaining how to set it up.  It seemed like their were an awful lot of steps and watching it without my phone, made it seem confusing. I wasn't anxious to attempt this procedure.

Then I started reading about "rooting" your phone, which essentially unlocks all the features the designers of the operating system put in, but Verizon (I guess) took out.  Verizon wants you to pay for these extra features. By this time, I was getting confused by all the tethering and rooting talk :)

I finally figured out I will need to tether my phone, but do not need to root least for now.  The problem with rooting, is you can ruin the phone, or "brick" it, as they say.  Tethering allows me to use the phone for an internet connection for my laptop.  Rooting will allow me to use my phone for a wifi type connection and tether more than one computer.  If I can do that, then both of us will be able to use our laptops at the same time and it'll be cheaper than the $60 a month aircard.  The Droid is $30 monthly.

So anyway, I have been hesitant about doing anything to the phone....until this morning when my home internet was down!  Uh, oh...I can no longer call Verizon and ask them to hook up my tethering feature on my phone like I could with the old phone...or could I?

I messed around with everything for a while and finally got internet again.  At that point, I decided I needed to get this tethering thing figured out so I would have a back up internet the next time this happened.

I diligently followed all of the instructions.

I downloaded Pda net to the problem.

Then I attempted to download it to the computer from the phone as per the instructions..

Uh oh... error message.  Windows couldn't find the drivers it needed????

We had to go to town and run some errands so I decided to leave it alone until I got home.

When I got home my internet was down again!

Anyway, I finally got my internet connection  up and running, made another attempt to download PdaNet to the computer.

This time it went through properly and I am actually posting this right now from my tethered Droid!  Yea!

So now I have a backup and when we travel I will have internet wherever we have a Verizon connection.  I've become so spoiled, I want internet all the time.

We were talking about my first computers way back when.  I wish I had taken pictures of them.  Remember those old things where you had to put the program disc in to run it and then remove it to put the data disc?  The old monitors that were either green or amber?  Wow, what a long way we've come and all this new technology is absolutely amazing...and wonderful :)


  1. I think it would be hard to get rid of the Christmas decorations that have special meaning? It seems I have put up less and less for the last few Christmas's so I need to get rid of the ones I'm not putting up.

    Your smart to purge early and not wait until the last minute (which I always do).

    Good Luck with the rest of your purging!

  2. You're way more advanced techologically than I am. But I'm glad you have your internet on the road. That is extremely important in order to save our sanity.

  3. Congratulations! I hope you enjoy your Droid phone as much as I do.

  4. Sometimes it just takes getting over the fear of trying to figure out something new...but you did it. I like the tethering idea - cheaper than an aircard. I wonder how the speed is compared to an aircard. I have no patience for slow computers.

    I'm old enough to remember those old computer. My first one was an IBM PC Jr. Should have kept it - it would be an antique now.

  5. Good job on getting the tethering function working on your Droid. I've never been a big fan of "jail-breaking" these phones (rooting) as too many things can go wrong and once you do that, you can't go back to your cellular provider and ask them to fix it. They won't! Tethering is just fine though.

  6. My first computer was a Timex-Sinclair,in order to load or save a program you had to plug in a tape player to it. To load the most basic simple program from the tape could take up to 30 minutes, then when you saved it you reversed the procedure and it took another 30 minutes.


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