WMWifiRouter for Windows Mobile Smartphones - Configuration, Setting and Testing

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WMWifiRouter for Windows Mobile Smartphones
Configuration, Setting and Testing

General Setup:

According to the documentation, most users are able to simply install, run and click "Connect" and they are happily sharing their EVDO, EDGE or 3G connection but I found that I had to change a couple of things in order to get things running silky smooth.  By default the WMWifiRouter creates an ad-hoc network that allows a single device to connect.  When I ran the software in this mode, the connection kept dropping and reconnecting.  I simply unchecked the "Force ad-hoc only" setting and all my problems went away.

Configuration 1
Configuration 1
Configuration 2
Configuration 2

 

Other settings of interest are the Port Mappings, Network Setup and IP Block.  You can forward specific ports for applications like FTP, Skype or games through your phone.  The network settings section allows you to change the SSID and encrypt the network using WEP if desired.  Lastly the IP Block section gives you the ability to change the network IP range that WMWifiRouter broadcasts on.  Available blocks are 192.168.0.x, 192.168.1.x, 192.168.2.x, 192.168.3.x, 10.0.0.x, 10.0.1.x, 10.0.2.x and 10.0.3.x.

Configuration 3
Configuration 3

 

Testing:

When not forcing the WMWifiRouter into ad-hoc mode I was able to connect a desktop PC, laptop and my iPod Touch all at the same time.  While the speed of the EVDO network doesn't really support major file downloading on multiple machines, I was able to surf the web on the desktop, update some applications on my iPod while running Last.FM on my laptop without any major issues.  Granted this isn't as fast as a good ADSL connection, but the other option is an EVDO air-card that will set you back at least $65 a month on a 3-year contract.  If you have an unlimited data bundle on your phone, this is a great alternative.

Connected Clients
Connected Clients

 

In the image above, I've just got my laptop and iPod touch connected to the WMWifiRouter network.

According to Telus the HTC S640 is capable of 2.4Mbps peak throughput with typical download speeds of 400-700kbps.  Upload speeds are rated at 153kbps peak with an average of 40-60kbps.  Telus says average latency should be around 150ms, so it's with these numbers in mind that we hopped over to Speedtest.net and tested out the WMWifiRouter speeds on a laptop.

Speed Test
Speed Test

 

The screenshot above shows an average speed after we ran through this test several times.  We reached as high as 1189kbps and as low as 796kbps.  Our ping was always above 150, and the upload never exceeded 140kpbs.  Regardless, this speed will help you out in a pinch and definitely provide some break to the boredom when you're sitting at an airport and want to catch up on your Youtube clips.


Final Thoughts:

WMWifiRouter is a great piece of software that has some hardware limitations and software dependencies.  However, Windows Mobile has a lot of guides, tweaks and hacks available for it so that you can run this piece of software on many devices.  By default, the enabled ad-hoc network didn't work on my device and the Wifi Power Boost seriously drained battery life.  Once I disabled those two settings, I had a great experience with the software and it was stable, fast and didn't affect battery life much more that surfing the net through a Wifi connection on my handset.  In the end it provides the user with a great way to use your data plan on your phone for so much more.  While I'm sure that my "unlimited data plan" would in fact become limited if I downloaded 20GB or more a month, for casual usage and for emergency use when my rural ISP goes down, WMWifiRouter is a winner.  If I wanted to get the same performance from an EVDO card, I'd be out at least $49.99 for a EVDO card and strapped to a $65/month (1GB of data) for two years.  The WMWifiRouter is like money in the bank.

Green Light:

  • Turns your Smartphone into an EVDO/EDGE/3G WiFi Router!
  • Ad-hoc or infrastructure mode for multiple connections
  • Very affordable.

 

Red Light:

  • Didn't know about this 6 months ago.

 BCCRating

 Top Pick

 

My only regret with this software is that I didn't know about it months ago.  If I had, I'd love it even more.  I'd like to offer many thanks to Morose Media for dropping WMWifiRouter our way and to SoltoN for pointing me in the right direction to begin with. Please feel free to post your thoughts, comments and questions regarding this software and our review at the "Comments" link below.