10-15-2012 11:18 AM
Can we hook up a webstick to the Playbook, via a USB dongle, to access the web? Vodafone has a webstick that you can plug into a pc which gives you access to the web. I would like to do the same with the Playbook. Will this work?
Any idea? What hardware do I need to buy before I leave the States.
Thanks for your help.
10-15-2012 12:31 PM - edited 10-15-2012 12:39 PM
No this is not possible on the PlayBook at this time.
It used to be possible with early OS versions 1.0 and hacks (called rooting) which would invalidate your warranty. Rim put a stop to this in Feb 2012. The driver to achieve USBOTG (USB On the Go) connectivity is actually still in the operating system but it is not enabled right now and no one can figure out how to get it to work. No one knows if/when this can be accomplished. The hacking community is trying to solve this but it's not going to happen any time soon.
My suggestion to you is to go to Box.com and get acquainted with cloud services. It's free for personal use and it's great. https://www.box.com/personal/
You can use the PlayBook's web browser to offload files or to grab files that you've already put in your account. You will need some sort of Wi-Fi connection to do this of course. It will serve as a valuable file storage portal for you until you can return home. Check out YouTube for video tutorials.
Also, you could use FTP or Bluetooth to share files. Bluetooth doesn't require a Wi-Fi connection obviously, but it's slow to transfer large files. FTP (File Transfer Protocol) is a little more complex and requires a web server running on a host computer. You can get applications through App World that will allow you to transfer files from the PlayBook to the web server and visa versa.
The PlayBook does have built in Wi-Fi sharing capability and may be useful for you if you have access to a computer but don't have access to a USB cable.
Re-reading your question, I think a more simple solution is to purchase a mobile router to plug the USB dongle into and then your PlayBook (and cell phone) could access it as a Wi-Fi hotspot. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mobile_broadband_mode
10-15-2012 03:42 PM
Very happy to have the playbook in Europe and will access the WiFi spots accordingly.
Sorry to hear that the operating system will not support a dongle with a wifi stick.
I will explore the use of a mini router for the PB with the vodafone stick......
10-15-2012 05:40 PM