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Homebrew WiFi-to-3G router

Homebrew WiFi-to-3G router

The HTC TyTN II, one of the 'phones known to be compatible with the software.

Owners of Windows Mobile 6 smartphones may be interested to hear of a new package which turns your 'phone into a no-fooling WiFi-to-GPRS/UMTS/HSPA (delete as appropriate for your connection) router.

Going under the rather laborious title of WMWifiRouter, the software is designed to get your laptop online no matter where you are. In many ways it operates the same as a 3G datacard in your laptop would, but with several advantages. For one, you don't have to have two SIMs and therefore two contracts on the go. Secondly, when the software is set up any WiFi-compatible device can use it to connect to the Internet.

That bears repeating: any WiFi device can use WMWifiRouter to get online. The software even supports multiple devices at once. Although many smartphones offer the capability of being hooked up to a larger device as a modem they will only work with one device at a time, typically via a Bluetooth or USB connection. This natty bit of kit gets around that problem nicely.

The operation of the software is pretty simple. When you install the package it creates an Ad-Hoc WiFi connection named “WMWifiRouter” which offers a gateway connection to whatever data service is offered by the 'phone: GPRS if you're 2G, or UMTS or HSPA if you're lucky enough to live in an area covered by the high-speed services.

The software works on most models of smartphone, although it does seem to struggle with anything by Samsung for some reason. Development on the project is still ongoing, so I can only see the software getting better over time. I'm sadly unable to test it myself as I'm still stubbornly using a decidedly un-smart Toshiba phone until someone invents an affordable smartphone with GPS and decent battery life.

If you're lucky enough to own a compatible smartphone and one or more WiFi devices (plus I'd recommend having an unlimited data tariff if you don't want to see astronomical bills) give it a go and let us know how you get on via the forums.

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Tomm 10th January 2008, 13:39 Quote
That's pretty cool. Although you can plug any Windows Mobile phone in via USB and access the net that way, but I suppose that's not the point, is it? Wireless is ALWAYS cooler.

I just had a thought. If you carry one of these around, you can have that 3G connectivity that your iPhone has been yearning for :D
Dr. Strangelove 10th January 2008, 15:33 Quote
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Originally Posted by Tomm
I just had a thought. If you carry one of these around, you can have that 3G connectivity that your iPhone has been yearning for :D
Now would that not be fantastic, using a Windows mobile product to get an Apple Iphone connected....
Darkedge 10th January 2008, 15:49 Quote
nahh if you'd bought an iPhone you'd be too much of a braindead moron to get that to work.
Tomm 10th January 2008, 16:21 Quote
I think it's about time I got an unlimited data package for my phone (Orange m700). Hmmm.

@ Strangelove - Yes that was the irony I was going for ;)
cyrilthefish 10th January 2008, 17:20 Quote
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Originally Posted by Tomm
That's pretty cool. Although you can plug any Windows Mobile phone in via USB and access the net that way, but I suppose that's not the point, is it? Wireless is ALWAYS cooler.
Also that requires activesync to be installed on the PC as well ;)

I've actually been using this software for a few months, on the exact same phone pictured in the article (HTC Kaiser/TYTN2)

I mainly use it for testing laptop's wifi connections at work, as there is no wireless networks here (i'm on a IT helpdesk)

works very quickly, tend to average about 300kb/sec on downloads through it (<3 HSDPA)
samkiller42 10th January 2008, 19:11 Quote
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Originally Posted by Tomm
I think it's about time I got an unlimited data package for my phone (Orange m700). Hmmm.

@ Strangelove - Yes that was the irony I was going for ;)

Unfortunately, there isnt an unlimmited data package with orange
Other wise it would be seriously expensive (orange m600)

Sam
pendragon 10th January 2008, 19:26 Quote
no windows mobile and no wifi here.. .oh well ..that's still a neat bit of software though :)
<A88> 12th January 2008, 17:03 Quote
Saw this on On10.net the other day. Will definitely try it when I get my XDA Orbit 2 (original Orbit's dead atm :() and unlimited data package.
Tomm 12th January 2008, 17:14 Quote
I thought Orange did an £8 anytime data with fair usage up to 4Gb? I can't see myself using 4Gb of data on a phone when I have 8meg broadband at home. Although I did wonder about using the phone for web browsing when I'm downloading stuff via torrents on my cable connection since that slows everything down to an unusable level.
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Originally Posted by cyrilthefish
Also that requires activesync to be installed on the PC as well ;)
It works via bluetooth/cable to my Powerbook - no need for activesync :D
Hamish 12th January 2008, 18:17 Quote
haha i can imagine watching your battery meter dropping in realtime with this running :P
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