Dell Mini 9 Discussion Discussion on the Dell Inspiron Mini 9.
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Join Date: Apr 2009
05-17-2009, 04:08 AM
The links you are looking for are entirely dependent on what phone you intend to use. For example... if you were using a phone that uses Windows Mobile as it's operating system, I would suggest that you look at software called PDANet. It costs money, but it's a one-shot cost and it's dead simple to use. Another option is to use a custom ROM that has the necessary Internet Sharing files already included. For that I would refer you to PPCGeeks.com and tell you to look for the handset you intend to use. Another WM option is WMWiFiRouter. It uses the cellular phone's WiFi functionality (assuming your phone HAD WiFi functionality built-in) to bridge to the Internet connectivity. However, this can make your phone VERY warm if you use it for an extended time. It also drains the battery like mad.
If you were using a Blackberry, I would suggest Tetherberry software. It's new, but it works well. I don't use it as I have the tethering option available to me on my work device (BB 8330), but I know two other people who do and they say it works well, though slower than the carrier provided tethering option.
If you use the iPhone, you can use PDANet as well, though it requires that you "jailbreak" your phone.
If people are using CDMA feature phones here in the US (the LG Dare is a very good example), they can make some minor modification to the phones software using QPST that would cost them nothing more than what they already pay for their regular VCAST data plan ($15/month).
As you can see, there are a wide variety of options. It's really about knowing what specific device you intend to use.
As for my Touch Pro, I am using one of the custom ROMs that already has the Internet Sharing software installed. No cost (other than my normal data plan). PDANet is more convenient and there are hacked copies of that software floating around, but I am content.
Finally, if the store you go to does not have the internal 3G WWAN option, I don't think they're likely to add it on. Basically, it seems to go like this... If you don't purchase the 3G WWAN option, then it's not that they simple don't provide you with the 3G WWAN card, it's that they don't give you a model that has the 3G WWAN connector *for* the card either.
Some people have actually gone out and purchased the necessary connector and soldered the connector to the DM9 motherboard. That's an entirely different effort and one that I would not personally bother with, though I am impressed at the efforts of those who do.
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