[Q] Mobile Hotspot disconnects after 4-8 min; tried root solutions too
Can't get Mobile Hotspot to run > 5-10 minutes tops, whether I run the stock config from VZN with Mobile Hotspot enabled (incl packet data and roaming enabled) or if I run the aftermarket apps / ROMs listed below. 4G LTE in Portland with 5 bars and 20 Mbps down / 6 up on Speedtest.net app on phone. Similar speed when connected on Hotspot to Laptop. Current system info today (after doing the info listed below last night) is:
Firmware version 2.3.4
Calls to VZN tech several times about the Hotspot dropping signal; no luck. Sent me replacement phone, which (big surprise) did same thing. Level 2 tech said my next step was to "umm, you didn't hear this from me, but check xda developers and a process called rooting." Confidence inspiring as that was, let's just say I was willing to give it one last shot since I love the phone's screen, size, batt life. Shutting off WPA2 helped extend the time a bit, sometimes to 12 minutes, but that's as good as it got. After drop (laptop shows Wireless Connection Unavailable when searching),
Tried tethering apps (PDAnet, EasyTether) too while still stock. Same issue, but at least it lasted longer. Combined with aforementioned longer time btwn dropping when WPA2 is disabled, I'm thinking it's a software issue at this point.
Tried rooting, with CWM, PBJ kernel & Froyo EE4 debloated. First root experience for me; super careful. Great instructions, no problem going through the process. When I pulled down OpenGarden and Barnacle, they said they didn't have root access though.
Fine, let's step a little further away from stock. Flashed up the GummyCharged 1.9 EE4 Froyo. Nice interface, this time OpenGarden and Barnacle work HOWEVER (here's where maybe someone can tell me how to fix)
Both OG and Barnacle show up only as ad hoc, not full WLAN icons on my laptops (Win7 Latitude, and Win 7 XPS Studio 13), and it cannot connect to the internet with them. Are there settings I need to tweak to get either app to work?
I then tried the $4.99 WiFi Hotspot app. That one looks very much like the stock VZN Mobile Hotspot app, and showed up as a regular WLAN like VZN's Mobile Hotspot does. Worked about 20 minutes, then dropped.
OK, another step down the rabbit hole with Gingerbread this time. GummyCharged GBE 1.9RC2 Beautiful interface. $4.99 WiFi Hotspot no workie at all. Tried OpenGarden and Barnacle as well - still get that stupid ad hoc network thing.
Someone please let me know where I'm missing a step on any of these apps. I love the phone, big fan of GummyCharged Gingerbread look/feel, but frustrated beyond belief that I can't get simple mobile hotspot (or even tethering, which I enjoyed 2 yrs of blissfully slow 3G on my old iPhone 3GS before it was stolen from my truck / forcing me to re-evaluate my carrier & hardware options at that time).
Thanks again - ideas welcomed. Really want to try to make this work on this phone instead of turning it in for a T-Bolt (which VZN tier 2 tech suggested if rooting didn't resolve).