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    I'm trying to find the least expensive way to set up a WiFi Hot Spot. This will be at an airplane hangar that is seldom used, so I am looking for cheap, maybe pay-as-you-go, if there is such a thing.

    Advice? Thanks!

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    The best way (and cheapest...if you have unlimited data) is to use your smartphone (android) with foxfi. Then you can use a signal booster to expand the range. If you don't have a smartphone, then......?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gaijin82 View Post
    The best way (and cheapest...if you have unlimited data) is to use your smartphone (android) with foxfi. Then you can use a signal booster to expand the range. If you don't have a smartphone, then......?

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    I have a Droid2 with Verizon and unlimited data. I downloaded FoxFi last week, because it claimed to do exactly what I wanted.

    No joy. It just sat there, stupidly, providing no connection. Basically it did the same thing as the built in app -- you can connect to it, but it just takes you to Verizon's "buy now" page.

    An ideas how to work around this?

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    is it wanting you to buy a tethering plan? (i don't know anything about verizon and tethering.)

    there is also Verizon mifi prepaid weekly, monthly, or yearly. probably a better option if you didn't have a smart phone. you buy the $130 device that providers WiFi data.

    if you have to buy a tethering plan I imagine you could just turn it off on months you don't use it. I don't think you'd have to sign up for a year. but I don't know.

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    i have d2 global, and nexus 7 with foxfi on my d2 w unlimited data on vzw works pretty good, not a terribly fast connection but i can live with it for now
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    I use my rooted Droid Bionic with WiFi Tether v3.2-beta1 and the SQLlite tweak. My Nexus 7 connects quickly and 'net access is as solid as on my phone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dralezero View Post
    is it wanting you to buy a tethering plan? (i don't know anything about verizon and tethering.)
    Yeah, that's where I end up -- on a Verizon splash screen, saying "You can't do this without signing up for just $29.95/month, blah blah blah..."

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    Interesting. I have spent the last 20 minutes effing with FoxFi. My Nexus detects no broadcast WiFi from my Motorola Droid2 unless the Verizon hotspot app is turned on. Thus, I get the Verizon splash screen.

    With Foxfi showing "Hotspot On", if I turn the Verizon app off, I get nothing. My devices see no WiFi signal at all.

    In the Foxfi documentation they mention that the app will not work on a Motorola Droid1. I wonder if its FUBAR on a Droid2, too?

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    I work with someone with a Droid 3. He got this pop-up and found a way around it, it required turning on airplane mode and doing something, but I didn't follow what he had to do from that point. I thought the foxfi app had a help link that told him how to do this. He has unlimited, so it's a matter of finding out the steps required. Sorry I can't help with that, I have a Droid 4 and it works fine.
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    get PDAnet tablet on the nexus then it works
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    Without a hacked phone to add Wi-Fi, I found ClearWireless has good deals on 4G hot spots.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cammykool View Post
    get PDAnet tablet on the nexus then it works
    Download PDAnet on the tablet and foxfi on the phone. I use Bluetooth instead of WiFi so I don't go through battery as much and I still get decent speeds. Just turn on foxfi Bluetooth and then PDAnet on the tablet and pair the two. Should work.
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    Bugless Beast has this feature built in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zippox180 View Post
    Download PDAnet on the tablet and foxfi on the phone. I use Bluetooth instead of WiFi so I don't go through battery as much and I still get decent speeds. Just turn on foxfi Bluetooth and then PDAnet on the tablet and pair the two. Should work.
    Wow -- it works! I'm attached via Bluetooth to my Droid2 right now, using PDAnet. Sweet!

    Thanks for the tips, all.

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    Just wanted to chime in. I have a Samsung Nexus on Verizon with the unlimited data plan (the grandfathered one). I installed FoxFi and my Nexus 7 is now on the internet. Couldn't have been easier.

    And to think I almost dropped the grandfathered plan and went with one of VZWs data plans so that I could do hot spot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dralezero View Post
    is it wanting you to buy a tethering plan? (i don't know anything about verizon and tethering.)

    there is also Verizon mifi prepaid weekly, monthly, or yearly. probably a better option if you didn't have a smart phone. you buy the $130 device that providers WiFi data.

    if you have to buy a tethering plan I imagine you could just turn it off on months you don't use it. I don't think you'd have to sign up for a year. but I don't know.

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    SVTP works really well, although it is a paid app. No problems whatsoever on my s3 hotspotting my nexus 7. Very fast, no dropped connections, no vzw splash screen, etc. Quality.
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    is tethering via bluetooth considered bad in verizons eyes too?
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    I use a NetZero 4g wireless router for my N7.

    Don't use it much because I have so much free wifi access where I hang out, but for commuting and using Maps & GPS it's great.

    You can get a plan where 200mb a month is free for 12 months when you buy the hotspot from NetZero for $140 or so. After 12 months you can spring for a $10 500mb plan.

    No contract, monthly billing. If you have 4G where you live it's a pretty good service.
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    Quote Originally Posted by javaboy View Post
    Just wanted to chime in. I have a Samsung Nexus on Verizon with the unlimited data plan (the grandfathered one). I installed FoxFi and my Nexus 7 is now on the internet. Couldn't have been easier.

    And to think I almost dropped the grandfathered plan and went with one of VZWs data plans so that I could do hot spot.
    Good to know! I've got the same gear, will try it out, altho where I use the N7 there is usually wifi available.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kegman View Post
    is tethering via bluetooth considered bad in verizons eyes too?
    Tethering without paying them something is a no-no in their eyes regardless of the method used.

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    I have a Galaxy Nexus that has the tethering option in the settings menu. So do I need an external app or can I use this as is or is it going to take me to Verizon " buy tethering" screen?
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    I am sitting at my hangar right now posting on my Nexus 7. I am connected via a hot spot set up using my Droid2, Foxfi, and PDANet, utilizing Bluetooth rather than WiFi.

    It works great, even letting me view video surveillance from my business without a hiccup. I'm seeing 560 KPS speeds -- plenty fast for my needs.

    Thanks again for the great recommendations. What a great resource this is!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jjhoneck View Post
    I am sitting at my hangar right now posting on my Nexus 7. I am connected via a hot spot set up using my Droid2, Foxfi, and PDANet, utilizing Bluetooth rather than WiFi.

    It works great, even letting me view video surveillance from my business without a hiccup. I'm seeing 560 KPS speeds -- plenty fast for my needs.

    Thanks again for the great recommendations. What a great resource this is!

    Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk 2
    Use that setup all day wouldn't recommend any other. Bluetooth is much nicer on the battery too. Glad you got it working.

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