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Hope for the Dell Venue Pro and Internet Sharing

In order for our Windows Phones to ever tether via WiFi, it needs at a minium specific hardware--a BRCM 4329 chipset. A few days ago, via XDA, it was reported that the Dell Venue Pro had a BRCM 4325 chipset and therefor was completely out of the running for ever having Internet Sharing/tethering even hacked on, let alone officially granted.

Now some contradictory information has appeared, information which we are much more likely to believe due to the source, which is the official service manual for the Dell Venue Pro aka Dell Lightning.

Scrolling down to hardware specifications and looking under the WiFi/Bluetooth/FM area on page 7, we can clearly see that the BRCM 4329 chipset is listed, meaning in fact the Dell Venue Pro can have WiFi tethering/Internet Sharing--in theory, at least. Assuming that info is correct, and we have little reason to doubt that it isn't, then all that is needed are the correct drivers--no small feat for such a  unique phone. Still, there's little technical reason as to why Dell couldn't offer the Internet Sharing capability of Mango, if they chose.

Download the service manual here and take a look for yourself. Big thanks to Tom for the tip and the file upload!

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Hope for the Dell Venue Pro and Internet Sharing

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Internet sharing? how about a functioning device?? **** internet sharing.Get the compass and mango update right first.

From my understanding you need the 802.11n standard implemented as well to enable tethering, that doesn't seem to be the case according to the specifications.

Not sure probably because of the increased speed and range given it is supposed to support up to 5 WiFi devices.I suppose I'm trying to say that if you need Internet Tethering then check why the DVP only has 802.11b/g certification.

G supports up to 54mbps, no commercial/public 3g/4g etc connection is anywhere near that fast. I'd love to see any actual proof of this requirement for N, otherwise its just been made up; pretty much how the Venue Pro having a 4325 chipset instead of the 4329.The service manual and the phone itself have clearly proven that it was totally made up.

"The service manual and the phone itself have clearly proven that it was totally made up"The chipset information may have been the result of confusion or error, however the lack of the 802.11n is not "made up" the specification clearly shows that only 802.11b/g certification is currently available.All HTC phones for instance that use the 4329 chipset all have 802.11b/g/n certification.It may be that in the end it doesn't matter, maybe we'll find out next week when Microsoft release the next firmware updates.

Not sure why folks are confused if the DVP has the BRCM 4329 chipset or not? It is infact having that and the nvram.txt file in the dvp confirms it.