Can droid X be used as a wireless adapter?

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    Can droid X be used as a wireless adapter?

    I have a droid X with service through verizon. To be clear, I'm not exactly asking how to use the phone as a mobile hotspot.

    My laptop does not have built-in wireless, I purchased a USB wireless adapter which I have since misplaced. I thought about setting up my phone as a wireless hotspot, but then I'd be restricted to 3G and it looks like I'd have to root my phone or pay for the service. I already have "real" internet and a wireless router that my phone can already access. If I connect my phone to my home wireless network, then plug the phone into the laptop via usb, can the internet be shared that way? And if so, can I do it without the hassle that being a hotspot seems to involve?

    Mainly I'm looking for a way to get internet to my couch without having to buy a new usb wireless adapter. Home wireless is preferable for the bandwidth since sometimes I'll remote desktop into my computer at work.

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    You can tether via USB...
    You might be able to connect to wifi then tether... Maybe? To use it as such...
    But your only options are to pay for mobile hotspot... Or root

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    Never thought of that, but it makes sense that it should be able to. The hardware is there, so it would seem to just be a matter of software (to handoff/redirect communication from wi-fi tranciever to USB port and back). Would be interesting if software currently available would allow it.

    One more thing the "swiss army phone" can do. (although your situation does seem particularly unique as almost every laptop worth using has built in wi-fi connectivity)

    I wonder if the same could be done via bluetooth. I have heard of bluetooth tethering, but I think it's using 3G data.

    Side question, does USB or bluetooth tethering require that surcharge? Or is it just the hotspot? (the whole $20/month extra on top of your plan)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Usquanigo View Post
    Side question, does USB or bluetooth tethering require that surcharge? Or is it just the hotspot? (the whole $20/month extra on top of your plan)
    For tethering .. Yes it does cost extra... Unless you root and side step it

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    PdaNet 3.02 - Android app on AppBrain

    This software shares your phone's Internet connection with your computer and does not require rooting your phone.
    PdaNet adds zero latency to your connection so your computer connects as fast as your phone's Internet speed, such as 4G or even 100Mbps WiFi.
    PdaNet supports both USB Tether or Bluetooth DUN, PC and Mac.

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    +1 to pda net been using it since july and never got any charges from Verizon but I only use 5 to 6 gigs a month

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    Thanks, I''ll give that app a try tonight. It's for my old work laptop, I inherited it when I started working here four years ago and it just doesn't have built-in wireless. Not the best computer but I just need it to remote into my real one.

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