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Nexus 7 - WiFi Ad-Hoc fix for wpa_supplicant?

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By wikid24, Member on 21st July 2012, 08:41 PM
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Update March 25, 2013:

Solved!! The folks over at Thinktube Inc. have developed a fix and submitted it to CyanogenMod and AOSP for merging into their code:

Essentially the EASIEST solution is to ROOT your phone, and install the CyanogenMod nightly as of March 25 or later (note: you will have to wait until the nightly is actually BUILT, since as of today it is not ready yet).

I have not tested this solution out myself, however others within this thread have confirmed it working.

Please if anyone develops a easier patch or a step-by-step for people who do NOT want to use CyanogenMod, post and I will update the OP


Update Oct 9, 2012:

- Nexus 7 v4.1.2 did not add Wi-Fi Ad-Hoc Support with the stock update from Google.
To do: Check if any WPA-Supplicant changes previously tested in v4.1.1 now work in 4.1.2

- Workaround (Recommended): Bluetooth Tethering to Nexus 7 Tablet (via Bluetooth DUN Profile). "BlueVPN" from Google Play Store.
Tested successfully on many Nokia Symbian phones (N7, E71, E72), and others.
However, many applications on Nexus 7 Tablet do not support it (without fixes from the developers)

Confirmed working applications:
- Pulse
- Google Chrome
- Dolphin Browser
- Facebook
- Ebuddy
- Youtube
- Others (I am too lazy to add them all)

Confirmed NOT working applications:
- Gmail
- Email
- Google Search
- Google Play Store
- Dropbox
- Words with Friends
- Scramble with Friends
- Others (I am too lazy to add them all)

More details can be found here:

Issue: Sometimes the phone/tablet do not connect (randomly), due to issues with either the phone or the tablet.
To resolve: Turn on and off bluetooth on phone, Turn on & off bluetooth on tablet. Try again. If does not work, reboot phone and tablet and try again. Should work.

-Workaround: Android Phone to Nexus 7 Tablet (via "FoxFI" App on Phone, "FoxFi Addon" App on Tablet, or via "PDANet", or via "Wireless Tether App")

- Workaround: USB Tethering ANY Phone to Nexus 7 Tablet (via "PPP Widget" App on Tablet, requires rooted Nexus 7)

- Workaround: Windows WiFi Laptop Tethering to Nexus 7 Tablet
Hi All,

I've just recently gotten a Nexus 7 and need to be able to enable Ad-Hoc wifi on the tablet.

I also own a Asus TF101 and previously had the same problem however there was a fix for that.

The solution was to replace the wpa_supplicant file in the /system/bin folder, however I do not know the code to change it.

If anyone has the technical know-how, they would be able to reverse-engineer it and apply the same fix.
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22nd July 2012, 06:46 AM |#2  
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I posted a possible solution in QnA section. Thread title is similar to this one. Check it out. Doesn't involve any coding. Prime had a similar issue on a few firmware updates. This was solved for us(before Asus came around to enabling it themselves) by adding in a wifi supplicant file and renaming an older one. Then setting permissions on the new file. Here is the link to that thread. There's a good chance it will work without the file needing to be modded. It came from a galaxy tab LR something and worked fine on prime. Its worth checking out.
23rd July 2012, 04:46 AM |#3  
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thanks for the tip and I tried it out, which is essentially the same type of solution but it didn't think work as there is no wpa_supplicant2 file in the nexus 7.
23rd July 2012, 02:18 PM |#4  
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24th July 2012, 02:49 PM |#5  
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here's some more useful information for enabling ad hoc:

I'm doing what I can right now to try and enable it.

Some more experienced android users whom know what they're doing would be better than me trying it out, though!!
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24th July 2012, 10:09 PM |#6  
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Did any of those sources of information get you any closer to enabling ad-hoc?
25th July 2012, 06:50 AM |#7  
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Just FYI that Nexus S "ad hoc enabling file" doesn't work on NS with Jelly Bean.
25th July 2012, 01:57 PM |#8  
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Originally Posted by nexususer0101

Did any of those sources of information get you any closer to enabling ad-hoc?

None yet, I need some help to do so. There is a file called "wpa_cli" that I need copied from another device, because I can't find it on the internet.

If anyone could find it in their "/system/bin" folder and attach it to this tread, I could certainly try it.

I've also requested the same thing in the Q&A forum here:
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29th July 2012, 02:17 PM |#9  
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Bumping; I have the same condition. I'm in Italy and bought an internet package for my laptop--I'm sharing it with all my other devices but the N7 doesn't see the adhoc connection. Like OP said, I had a Transformer TF101 and remember flashing a file to fix it.

Thanks in advance.

Just an FYI: Also checked my GNex for a wpa_cli and came up empty.
30th July 2012, 11:30 AM |#10  
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Just wanted to give quick update, i have not been able to find anyone to help me and also my life is kinda hectic right now... Hopefully someone will be able to pick up where I left off, in the meantime my nexus 7 is pretty much useless to me until resolved.
31st July 2012, 12:09 AM |#11  
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Unhappy One more "me too".
I'm here to share my sympathy to everyone else's pain as I have a nexus 7 that I can't connect to my phone's adhoc Hotspot. I have also posted my query in Android Central, but no one seems to have been able to know a fix as of yet. (topic can be found here: Android Forums at > Google Nexus 7 Tablet Forum > Nexus 7 Rooting ROM's & Hack's > *** CONNECTING TO Adhoc WiFi WITH THE NEXUS 7 ***)

As I said in that thread.. not being able to connect to phones hotspot makes my beautiful nexus 7 feel like a handicapped tablet.
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