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Enable Wireless N on the HTC EVO 4G


On paper the HTC EVO 4G is beyond capable of utilizing Wireless N as its Wi-Fi chip supports the protocol, but for whatever reason HTC has the functionality disabled on the handset. Sounds like the perfect situation for the guys at XDA-Developers to step in and come up with a software exploit that gets Wireless N up and running. Sure enough, that is exactly what has happened.


Now this isn’t necessarily an undertaking for those not inclined to tinkering around with their phone’s software, but if you are the type who likes to mod and root your Android phone you won’t have much trouble getting Wireless N working. You can head over to XDA for the step by step and to gather the necessary files. Let us know how it goes if you try it, we have seen some reports that overall Wi-Fi performance improves after enabling Wireless N.

[via TalkAndroid]


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  1. I’d assume HTC has it disabled partially to save battery (why would you need 300mbps wireless transfers to your phone anyways, right), and partially to cut down on certification time from the FCC.

  2. Hmmm, I’m kinda a pans when it comes to rooting my Evo. This us all stuff HTC should fix with software updates. Maybe they should turn over the helm to XDA for EVO optimization. U GUYS ARE MAKING THIS MACHINE WHAT IT SHOULD BE.

  3. @QuantumRand – spot on. Regardless way to go XDA-devs

  4. What is wireless N for?

  5. Since Verizon is going to tiered plans, they will turn on all the speed options embedded in our phones in hopes that we will overshoot our data plans. Simple Math.

  6. Let us know how it goes if you try it, we have seen some reports that overall Wi-Fi performance improves after enabling Wireless N.

  7. @digitalicecream

    are you trying to say verizon will enable wireless N so that you will overshoot your data allotment?

    if you are browsing over wifi you arent using data from your carrier at all.

  8. @digitalicecream – Wireless N has nothing to do with your data plan. It’s a faster standard for wireless ethernet, meaning local.

  9. quantum, more speed is good.

  10. @digitalicecream thanks for the input, but the evo is on sprint.

  11. It’s important to note that this hack cannot be done with unrevoke. For that reason it’s not really worth the small boost to me. I’m going to wait for a good reason to use Toast’s root method and his NAND unlock method.

  12. GantMan, that will probably be when the first Froyo HTC Sense port comes from the legend or desire with working cameras! :-) I can’t think of a more compelling reason to do the full root than that, and it is not far away!

  13. @digitalicecream: Way to go. 0 for 2.

  14. I’m assuming this isn’t on the much more useful 5ghz spectrum. Which limits contention.

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