A Little Bit of Firmware Magic…

October 8, 2010

Technology, Wireless

My Droid 2 is one month old.  And up until a few minutes ago, I was happy but not ecstatic.  That’s because I could never connect my D2 up to my home WiFi network.  Since this wasn’t my number one priority, I let the situation fester until I had a few moments – and a need to have more bandwidth at home.

Well, the time came tonight.  I had a few hours and I have been toying with the idea of rooting the D2.  I haven’t done that yet.  If I do, you will be the first folks I tell.  But I knew that if I wanted to do his, I’d need to download a lot of stuff to the phone.  So the guantlet was thrown down and I eagerly picked it up.

I did the simple stuff first:

  • I turned off MAC filtering as I didn’t know what MAC address my phone used.
  • I enabled SSID broadcasts.
  • I stepped down my default encryption to WPA.

None of these solved the problem.  So I started to do some research.  Unfortunately, there was nothing obvious in Google about DD-WRT incompatibilities that prevented Motorola D2 devices from connecting.

But I did see enough to make me scratch my head.  I thought, “what if the beta build I was using was to blame for the inability to connect.”  So I went to the DD-WRT site and noted that I was on an April test build.  I grabbed the latest build (i.e., 14896 from August).  And what to my wondering eyes did appear, but a connected D2 and a wh0le lot more cheer.  Folks, I truly love being able to research my own problems and solve them myself.  This is what systems analysis is all about.

BTW, it really is nice to have so much more bandwidth for the phone.  I can’t wait for 4G to become ubiquitous.



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