Fail! Asus Eee pad Transformer tablet cannot connect to adhoc network

Posted by Madbot on Apr 24, 2011 in Madbot Madness, Techno |

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Madbot says:

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(Update 2011/8/30) Reader Tom reported EEE pad transformer can now see ad-hoc network. This has been confirmed on my transformer running the firmware as at 2011/8/30.
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In Taipei for the weekend and picked up an Eee pad transformer. It was the only shop that had stock (along with the slightly jacked up price) but no keyboard. Nevertheless, figured I would give it a go and make it my first Android experience.

Got back to the hotel, setup a adhoc network on the laptop to have a chat with the missus on the iPhone over Viber, then pulled out the Eee pad transformer to give it a spin.

Oh what? Androids cannot see adhoc wifi network. WTF Google? And it’s been like this for the past 2 years?!

Dead as a dodo. Now I am sad.

Update 2011-04-25: What!? Android also does not handle NTLM? As luck would have it, Firefox 4 on Android has caught up and does support NTLM while native Android browser does not. The eeepad transformer hardware is worthy and clever – but the software is not yet up to scratch beyond the home user level.

Update 2011-04-26: fully appreciate why Apple didn’t go with wide screen with iPad. The Eeepad IS long.

Update 2011-04-27: Google map is fun, definitely better on the Android. YouTube, on the other hand, is choppy compared to the iPad. That was a surprise.

Overall, the Eeepad feels “cheaper” than the iPad – and it is but I still have high hopes for the keyboard when it becomes available.. It is also definitely easier to hold without a case than the ipad.

Despite the Android shortcomings, I still love the Eeepad. But I find myself going back to the iPad to do what I need to do.

9 Comments

waseem
Apr 29, 2011 at 11:35 pm

Most people don’t use adhoc networks – I’m able to create a wireless hotspot on my MyTouch 4g and the transformer has no issues connecting to that. Beautiful machine btw.


 
Madbot
Apr 30, 2011 at 12:10 am

Indeed, most people don’t use it. It goes to show that Android (as opposed to the Eeepad) is still focused on the home users instead of the corporate. There are few things more frustrating than sitting in a hotel room with your laptop acting as a wifi access point to sharing the room LAN so you can sit on the bed to read on the tablet, just to discover the Eeepad can’t see the adhoc network your laptop is sharing.

Well, I guess there could be more things more frustrating than that, but it was a real downer considering I was really looking forward to play with the Eeepad. Not its fault, just hope Android builds in the capabilities soon.


 
LC
Jul 10, 2011 at 3:34 am

H,
Is there any news about this?
I’m testing and liking the touch&fell of the eeepad, but the ad-hoc “problem” is very anoying!


 
Madbot
Jul 22, 2011 at 12:55 pm

Hi LC,

No updates yet – hope Google adds this into Android soon. Right now the eeepad is just collecting dust.. 🙁


 
matt
Jul 27, 2011 at 12:49 pm

i had the same problem as you. there is a couple of ways to resolve this. firstly you can share connection over bluetooth, but in W7 the bluetooth stack doesn’t allow you to share internet to bluetooth, so this will only work in XP as far as i am aware, although i am told that if you get 3rd party bluetooth stack (eg widcomm, toshiba) you won’t have this issue as it only affects the MS stack. i tried that, as i have a dell 365 radio, so i grabbed the widcomm stack from the dell site, but still didnt’ have any joy. the way i got this working was to use the intel “my WiFi” tool to configure a proper infrastructure mode AP (not ad-hoc) and then the transformer can just connect as per normal. annoying.


 
Madbot
Jul 27, 2011 at 1:19 pm

Hey Matt, thanks for visiting and the advice..!

In the end, I went and bought a $50 travel-sized wifi router. It is smaller than a business card and is convenient regardless whether the laptops is with me or not.

On longer trips where the wife and I both bring our work laptops, mine is always configured as the wifi router to share the room connection since I didn’t want to confuse her with funny settings. Bringing a travel size router solves this problem and is even better for trips when I only bring the tablet(s).

Party on.


 
Tom Hare
Aug 30, 2011 at 12:06 pm

I tried two eepads in different stores (demos) and thwy could indeed see ad-hoc from my cell phone; none of the other Android pads could do it.


 
Madbot
Aug 30, 2011 at 2:21 pm

Hi Tom,

You are right! Confirmed on my EEE pad Transformer that it does see ad-hoc wifi network.

This eee pad transformer was recently updated and is now running:

Android version: 3.2
Kernel version: 2.6.36.3-00003-g9baf8f7
Wi-Fi version: v5.2.58

Combined with the keyboard dock, this is a formidable tablet against the iPad.


 
nonoymm
Sep 26, 2011 at 10:22 am

yes, i can also confirm that the Asus Transformer Eee Pad connects via ad-hoc. I’m using Nokia E52 with Joiku hotspot and the Transformer can connect with no problem. I can surf the net using my Nokia’s 3G feature and my cellphone provider’s data network.


 

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