Tethering is a term that means to share the Internet connection of a device with another device that it is connected to any network. This practice is becoming more and more, especially with the almost permanent connectivity of 3G mobile phones. Holiday, for example, it is possible to use this connection on his laptop in the hotel room without paying access to Wi-Fi in the area.
Several solutions exist to use this handy feature and perfectly legal. OnSoftware offers you some, to share the 3G connection of an Android phone with a PC, iPod or other mobile.
The built-in Android tethering
If you have a phone as “Froyo” version of Android 2.2, the functionality is directly integrated into the phone.
First, you must connect the phone to the Internet and activate the 3G network , as you usually do in the phone settings on the ” No son and networks ”
Then you turn the mobile phone into a real Wi-Fi hotspot , which then connect to one or more other devices. For that, go to the phone settings, ” No son and networks ” and then ” Settings of Access Points Portable Wi-Fi .”
This is to give a name for the connection to be used by third-party devices and a password in order to connect.
Finally, do not forget to make it available for other devices that famous new Wi-Fi by activating ” Point portable Wi-Fi ” to turn the Android phone into the router .
Applications for easy tethering
The many free applications can share the Wi-Fi to its Android phone with other devices. These are available on the Android Market. OnSoftware has selected three interesting and not too difficult to set up, for the most novice users.
Wireless Tether for Root Users is a very popular application on the market, praised by users whose mobile is ROOTED . This is indeed the indispensable condition for it to work on your phone (Android OS 1.5 minimum). To start the tethering, just a tap in the middle of the screen and voila.
In its options, the application encrypts the connection with a password, use Bluetooth or indicate vibration when someone connects to the network.
EasyTether Lite is also one of the big success of the Android Market for connection sharing. Only drawback, install a receiver prior to the device that will receive the phone connection. The drivers are available on the blog editor , depending on your OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7, Mac OS X (10.4 to 10.7) or Ubuntu 10.
The full version offers drivers to connect to more devices such as the Playstation, XBox 360 and Nintendo Wii. You can download the full EasyTether Pro APK from apk sites for free
PdaNet is a free application that is worth trying, if only for the simplicity with which it is taking place. It has only two buttons to select the connection type to share: Bluetooth or a USB cable connected to a PC or a Mac . Again you have to download a necessary driver on the machine that “pump” the connection.
There are many other applications on the Android Market to achieve its ends. Maybe you want to shed light on which one you use. Comments are there for you.