This is the first of a series of articles I plan to write as I explore the various ins and outs of this new device I have, the glorious Mi Pad! Because of the affordable price point many fellow tech gadget freaks have picked one up and so this is an advanced article on how you can eek out the last bit of performance from your Mi Pad! So let’s embark on this journey!
- Your Mi Pad must be rooted. You can find an article on how to go about that here!
- An USB OTG cable. They cost around a couple hundred bucks on Amazon.
- 3G USB Modem. This method should work with most of them.
- PPP widget must be installed.
- An app to convert a non system app into a system app. I suggest Titanium Backup or System app Mover.
- BusyBox must be installed
You must install PPP Widget from the Play Store.
Convert it to system app with Titanium Backup or any other method. Restart the tablet.
Place the PPP widget on the widget screen
Click configure and put your APN , user and pass and PIN
NB: I removed my pin from the SIM card, but it should work also if the SIM card is pin locked and you put it in the settings if a provider requires it.
Disable every setting from the configure screen. and go back to the home screen
Disable the WiFi on your tablet.
Connect the modem to the OTG cable, and the cable to the pad through the micro USB port at the bottom
Wait around 10 seconds
Touch the icon of the PP Widget , your modem should appear. In a few seconds you will have to choose it again. Press “Connect” on the PPP widget. The status should get “Connected” .
Now you probably don’t have internet when you open the browser. This means the DNS problem still exists.
Disconnect the modem.
Turn on the WiFi Connect to any WiFi network.
NB: If you have none immediately available, the hotspot from your mobile can work in a pinch!
On the Wifi Settings screen on the Mi Pad press the little arrow on the currently connected network and change the IP to Static. Most of the info should be entered automatically.
Delete the first DNS and enter 18.104.22.168
Press OK on the top right
Disable and Enable the WiFi
Go to step 6 from the first part of the guide, follow to the end and you should have internet now!
Congratulations you have successfully enabled an USB Data connection and now have the ability to use a Dongle with the Mi Pad! If you have any questions comments or queries leave them in the comment section below!