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I want to tether an Toshiba AT100 tablet to my Nokia E71. Have installed JuikoSpot on the Nokia which creates an ad-hoc hotspot. It appears the AT100 only looks for infrastructure hotspots. Is there an app or other method of getting the AT100 to look for and connect to an ad-hoc hotspot?

Alternatively, is there a cheap Android phone I could get that supports being an infrastructure wi-fi hotspot?

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Try bluetooth tethering instead.

Benefits: Consumes less power, you can leave bluetooth enabled 24/7. Works out of the box.
Drawback: BT 2.1 may cap your maximum UMTS speed (usually not an issue on the go).

Bluetooth pairing to a Nokia from a Nexus S running 4.0.4

There are two profiles for this to tether via bluetooth:

  • Bluetooth PAN:
    Supported by Android 3.0+ out of the box. See Wikipedia entry for more info on PAN profile.
  • Bluetooth DUN:
    Needs 3rd party app like BlueVPN (ICS version here). See Wikipedia entry for more info on DUN profile.

Stock Android 3.0+ and custom roms like CM should support Bluetooth PAN. Your Nokia E71 supports only DUN profile (Archos users can enjoy added DUN support out of the box however) .

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I have paired my tablet and phone but they will not connect to each other. –  Andrew Heath Jun 17 '12 at 23:41
    
does it show 'internet access' on your at100? –  ce4 Jun 18 '12 at 0:02
    
No. It says "Paired but not connected" in the bluetooth settings against my phone. There doesn't seem to be any other options. –  Andrew Heath Jun 18 '12 at 7:03
    
Can you try play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bluevpn or play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bluexvpn (Seems I missed an important part: Android needs an app for DUN client and E71 and other older Nokias don't support bluetooth PAN profile) –  ce4 Jun 18 '12 at 7:04
    
I have installed BlueVPN and inserted the settings as the instructions state. It gets stuck at the "Opening VPN" step. I must have missed a setting or something, probably in the phone or for the Access Point (Telstra Australia). –  Andrew Heath Jun 20 '12 at 5:38

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