[maemo-users] Connecting N8*0 to laptop - USB or Ad-Hoc WiFi ?

From: Frantisek Dufka dufkaf at seznam.cz
Date: Mon Mar 31 22:31:22 EEST 2008
Marius Gedminas wrote:
> That is certainly one possibility.  I had my laptop set up as a PPP
> server over rfcomm, and had my Palm do dial-up to it.
> Another possibility would be Bluetooth PAN (Personal Area Network).
> I've no personal experience with this, but I've seen it mentioned on
> this list, and I've also seen some Maemo Extras packages with names
> hinting at this purpose.

Yes PAN is a shortcut. Why to simulate serial line and then run ppp over 
it when you can send IP over bluetooth directly? Apart from having less 
layers and simpler setup it is also multipoint, not just point to point. 
My laptop is pan server and 770, N800 and N810 can connect to it 
concurrently over BT PAN and see each other (i.e. IPs are = 
server and .2 .3 .4 for tablets).

> Ad-hoc WiFi would be simpler, if your laptop supports it.  Many Linux
> wireless drivers don't support ad-hoc or master modes. :(

Ad-hoc may drain battery much faster than bluetooth PAN. OTOH Bluetoth 
2.0 is still 10x slower than wi-fi.


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