Rooting the HTC Evo 4g part 8 (Enabling Wireless N)

First of I would like to say that none of these hacks and files are my own work. This stuff was done by all the amazing phone developers over at XDA Developers. I am am simply writing a few posts on rooting the HTC Evo since most of the information was all spread out over the forums and I had a hard time gathering it all together in a organized manner.

The WiFi chip in the HTC Evo supports Wireless N technology, which allows for faster throughput on your WiFi connection. To use this you need a Wireless N capable AP or router.  For some reason HTC decided to disable the wireless n capability of this chip but this can be fixed. I am going to assume that the reason this was disabled was battery life but I am not really sure to be honest.  Anyway the hack used to be more complicated  but some of the nice folks over at XDA packages up a zip file which makes this hack a breeze.

Here are the simple steps to get wireless N working:

EDIT: After doing this hack myself I have decided to recommend against it. I will leave the tutorial up but the enabling of wireless N simply destroys the Evo’s already not so good battery life. You have been warned.

1. Download the following file: wifi_n-4g-stock-signed.zip

2. Mount your phone as a drive

3. Copy the zip file to the root of your sdcard

4. Unmount the phone

5. Open a command prompt in the adb enviorment (C:\android-sdk-windows\tools if you followed my other steps)

6. Issue the following command

bash

  1. adb reboot recovery

7. You should now be booted into the Clockwork Recovery screen

8. Select update a .zip from sdcard

9. Let the update complete (About 30 seconds)

10. Reboot the phone & turn on WiFi

11. Connect to a wireless N access point to make sure its working.

*Special thanks to folks over at XDA for his instructions on this

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