ICS Control saves the day
OK, so now I know why I kept my HTC TYTN II (V1615). It wasn’t just the memories…. Nope. Thanks to moving to a new house at the bottom of a hill, we’re just in a dead-spot, and have no in-house 3G coverage. Since we also have no broadband due to BT and Virgin having a backlog of installations for Christmas, we’re sat waiting for 2 weeks with barely a GPRS signal for t’internet.
Enter my T-Mobile SIM card, HTC TYTN II, and the ICS Control software. I’ve propped up the phone in the front window, where we get a flakey HSDPA signal, and run ICS Control. With it running, and the TYTN broadcasting as an ad-hoc peer-to-peer WiFi server, it acts as a mini internet access point relay. It’s actually quite impressive – it’s always-on, low-power, small and unobtrusive, we can connect to it anywhere in the house from multiple laptops at once, the speeds are fine for browsing, lag is low, and it all goes on one prepay card’s bill.
However – it’s not perfect. The WiFi signal occasionally disappears and comes back – sometimes with an IP address, sometimes not. I’ll basically have to reconnect a few times every 15-30 minutes, and restart the program or find the phone rebooting itself, every few hours.
I’ve looked for updates, but there are none for ICS Control. Later WM mobiles do have better ICS software built-in, but I’m not sure they cover WiFi broadcast like this does. A dedicated pocket mobile 3G hotspot would also work, but hey… I’m on a budget here!