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TETHERING: HTC Mobile Wi-Fi Router - Internet Connection Sharing via WiFi
Posted by Arne Hess - on Tuesday, 21.07.09 - 11:56:28 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News - Viewed 44839x
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Unlike other smartphones, from the very beginning, Windows Mobile smartphones featured an utility called "Internet Sharing" which allowed to use Windows Mobile smartphones as a 2G/3G modem for connected PCs and Notebooks. However, Internet Connection Sharing only shared the connection by USB cable or Bluetooth. While in the early GPRS and UMTS days, Bluetooth was sufficient and speedy enough, today with HSDPA and HSUPA it's not fast enough anymore to transmit the data between the mobile device and the connected PC. WiFi would be the way better option and there are a couple of commercial WiFi tether apps available.

Nevertheless, as it turned leaked out now, HTC seems to work on a WiFi tether application for Professional smartphones as well which is called "Mobile Wi-Fi Router" and which might be included in future firmware versions. Wi-Fi Router, which is available from the Settings menu, turns the HTC smartphones into a mobile hotspot, similar to Novatel Wireless MiFi. However, in this case a user hasn't have to carry a second device but the HTC Windows Mobile smartphone is just good enough:

While the connection in the ad-hoc "Computer to Computer" mode, it's even able to handle multiple connections in parallel which means it makes the HTC smartphone a real mobile hotspot.

Since HTC's Mobile Wi-Fi Router has leaked, it's not yet clear when and on which phones it will be released. Also it's questionable if it will be released on carrier branded devices since most carrier dislike tethering (or allow it for an extra charge only).

Cheers ~ Arne

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