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Old 11-22-2008, 06:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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As somewhat of a novice to the subject can someone tell me if the "Mobile Net Work" option in Manage Connections refers to my 3G connection?


And when set it to off I am basically off the AT&T net work (my provider) and if I set the WiFi to ON in my house I am basically only connected then to my Local area Network?


With the assumption that I am making here is there a way to test the speed of both? I tried using dslreports.com but had no success.

If I leave them both on which one does it actually use?


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Old 11-22-2008, 08:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You're right about what these connections mean when you turn them on/off in connection manager.

If both Mobile Network and WiFi are both on, and if you have EDGE or 3G with the BB symbol, and also see a WiFi network in your status and the WiFi icon is solid white, then WiFi is used for apps that do not require your mobile network.

So, for example if you were to have both connections active as I've mentioned, and used your browser, you would be only using the WiFi connection, and this would behave the same way even if you turned off Mobile Network.

But if you were to use and app like Google Maps, it would only work if Mobile Connections is enabled, because it requires this for its location triangulation and will not work without Mobile Connection. (I can't say for certain, but I'd expect that some of the Google data would still use the WiFi connection for the map data).
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How do you enable Mobile Connections?
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