Advantages of MiFi over PDANet

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  1. macbook123 macrumors 68000

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    The former is $20, the latter free. I can't find any substantial differences. Do they exist? Thanks.
     
  2. LinMac macrumors 65816

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    The only real difference I can see is that PDANet/Mywi don't support WPA2 encryption so it is easy to break in and use your connection.
     
  3. macbook123 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Sorry if I don't understand your response. Are you saying both don't support encryption? If so, I don't really see this as an advantage of one over the other...
     
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    MyWi supports WEP wifi encryption which is a joke. I don't know about PdaNet. The only encryption worth using today is WPA2 and I would be very interested to know if Pdanet supports it.
     
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    Thanks. That's odd: I just downloaded it for free and there is no mention of a trial period...
     
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    It's well hidden--on their website, under Help:

    http://www.junefabrics.com/iphone/faq.php

    Click on "what is the difference between the free and full edition?"

    I do notice that unlike using the TetherMe/iTether solution I normally use with the iPad, I can't sleep the iPhone to save on battery. It shuts down the PDAnet app and closes off the connection. Dunno if MyWi does the same or not.
     
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    Rock is dead. It has been consumed by Cydia, therefore, no.
     
  10. ulbador macrumors 68000

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    Probably not. As far as I know, both programs only support AdHoc mode on the WiFi chip, not Infrastructure. WPA/WPA2 aren't supported in AdHoc wireless.
     
  11. IrishVixen macrumors 68020

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    All I'm seeing is WEP on PDAnet as well.
     
  12. Outrigger macrumors 68000

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    That is a huge difference between the two. With mywi, you can sleep the phone and it will still broadcast the signal, where with pdanet, you have to keep the screen on or else it closes the program.
     
  13. HPLouis macrumors regular

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    Not true. I have both and they both work when the screen is off.
     
  14. zhenya macrumors 603

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    Can you connect multiple devices at the same time with pdanet? Mywi has the best battery life of any tethering app I've used. The phone barely even gets warm, even after hours of use.
     
  15. IrishVixen, Nov 12, 2010
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    Interesting. I tried several times and each time, it dropped the wifi connection when the sleep/wake button was pressed. The app was still the active app on the homescreen, left open each time, but the wifi sharing would reset back to off the minute the phone went to sleep, and had to be reset each time I turned it back on.

    Could just be a conflict with something else on the phone, or a random glitch, I suppose--just did it again now after about a minute of sleep. It also does it if the phone is left to sleep itself on auto lock.

    For those who have both, is one faster than the other? I'm not seeing much difference between tethering the iPad with PDAnet versus the Bluetooth tethering I had been using, and I thought wifi tethering was supposed to be faster?

    Edit: And I'm uninstalling PDAnet now. It has yet to hold a connection on my phone for longer than 5 minutes--and that five minute one ended abruptly in a reboot. My JB is normally rock solid, no way I'm going to keep something on there that conflicts with my normally very stable setup.

    (iPhone 4, 4.0, jailbreakme.com)
     
  16. maturola, Nov 12, 2010
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    One is a Mobile Hotspot with Support up to 8 devices while the other one just create a wifi Ad-Hoc connection for a singel client. They share some similarities but they are 2 totally different type of programs. The Advantage for a possible user would depend on your personal usage, if you need/Want to connect multiples devices, your only option is MyWi, if you only want to tether 1 device at the time (like a Wifi iPad) them PDAnet will cover you.

    Also the Free non free issues is just related to secure sites, PDAnet got a FREE version that allow you to surf non-secure site (if you need to access SSH site, like banks, secure email, etc, them you need to full/paid version)

    Note: all this is based on the assumption that you meant MyWI and not MiFI as the title reads, since MiFi it is a totally different device, MiFi is a true Hardware Mobile hotspot (even when MyWi support multiple client, still create individual ad-hocs connections).

    MiFi does support better encryption as model 2200, it supports WPA2-PSK and WEP encryption and has an SPI Firewall
     
  17. Drag'nGT macrumors 68000

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    I know you can't run both on the phone. I had the PDAnet and wanted to test MyWi and it got rid of PDAnet.

    With PDAnet, I let the phone go to sleep on it's own while browsing on the iPad and it killed the connection. I woke the phone up and it started working again. So I hit the lock button to see if things changed. This time the connection remained in tact. Hopefully this will keep working and not kill the connection.

    To hand off internet to my iPad this seems to work. And it's free! The only secure connections I need to use are for buying something online and usually I do that through an app on the phone, not my iPad.
     
  18. HPLouis macrumors regular

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    It might be a conflict, I'm not too sure but I have MyWi on my phone and PDANet on my girl's phone and in the past, I would have said to go with MyWi. MyWi cost less and it was able to broadcast a signal while you had to use USB with PDANet. Now that they both can broadcast, I would say go with the one that costs the least.

    They both work well and I don't see a difference with either. I am jailbroken with PwnageTool on 4.1 with both phones and my only jailbroken apps (besides the 2 tethering apps) are IProtect, Lockinfo, 3G Unrestrictor and SBSettings. We both also stay plugged in when we tether so we can't gauge battery life either.
     
  19. HPLouis macrumors regular

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    This could be the reason why we haven't experienced any dropping of connection. We both like to conserve battery life so the instant we connect, we always hit the lock button and kill the screen.
     
  20. Carlanga macrumors 604

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    MiFi is a Verizon compact router, did you mean MyWi on your title?
     
  21. LinMac macrumors 65816

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    No, he means one of the standalone 3G to WIFI bridge devices.
     
  22. maturola macrumors 68040

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    MiFi is manufacture by novatel wireless and you can also find it on Sprint
     
  23. Carlanga macrumors 604

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    that's what I asked the TS in a jk way... The title of the thread says MiFi NOT Mywi ;) I forgot to put an emoticon at the end of it I guess...

    cool, I specified Verizon since they are the ones offering the MiFi+iPad bundle...
     

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