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[Q] Tethering - what exactly is it?

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Default [Q] Tethering - what exactly is it?

Sorry for this basic question but I plan to move from windows mobile iPAQ to Archos 101.

I have a very simple phone Nokia 3120 classic which has bluetooth and 3G. When I needed to browse I just connected my iPAQ to phone via bluetooth, dialled something like *xyz*# and that was it, I was on line.

Is this tethering discussed here similar? What is the difference and why is it so complicated taht so many phones fail to tether?

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The process of sharing the internet from your phone to another device like what you are doing is known as tethering. In your case you're making your phone appear as a dial up modem.

In Archos' case, you have some options. I don't know, but I don't believe you can tether an archos to your phone like that. I could be wrong.

As for why some phones fail to tether, it could be a couple of reasons. The most common one is that the phone is putting out an Ad-Hoc wifi signal. All android devices cannot pick up Ad-Hoc (peer2peer) signals, only Infrastructure (Access Points, Routers). There is another option for Bluetooth tethering, which I've gotten to work off my Motorola Droid, but other phones have some issues. I believe its a matter of what bluetooth capabilities the phone has (bluetooth specs similar to things like wireless audio transmitting).

I hope I cleared somethings up
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Yes, your old method was basically using the phone like a modem. The tethering mentioned for android, is sharing of the internet connection the phone has.

Smartphones (and many feature phones) have an always on internet connection. It is like a broadband connection, always on and connected. Tethering basically turns your phone into a router, sharing the same connection to the internet with other devices.

The differences in WiFi and bluetooth capabilities is a concern for tethering between devices, so some people have trouble getting it to work.
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