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    Root + WiredTether is my choice in the N1.

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    Kevin Purdy

    If you’ve rooted your G1 or myTouch 3G with the CyanogenMod ROM (hey, just like Gina did!), and you’re running a fairly recent build, you get built-in USB tethering. Simply enable it from the Wireless options in your Settings.

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    Gina Trapani

    @Kevin: Oooh, I didn’t know that! No app required on the latest builds, that’s fantastic. Will update the post, thanks. 🙂

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    Ben Bradley

    An alternative for those of us who don’t want to root the device is one similar to the Proxoid solution, but it adds the benefit of SSH tunneling.

    I wrote a blog post about it here:

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    Jeff Yablon

    Gina, I’m glad you took my advice from yesterday . . . http://twitter.com/virtualvip/statuses/7676476876

    And yeah . . . rooting etc., is do-able for you, me, and I suspect many folks reading this, if not most, but . . . REALLY?

    Rock on . . .

    Jeff Yablon
    President & CEO
    Answer Guy and Virtual VIP Computer Support, Business Change Coaching and Virtual Assistant Services

    Answer Guy and Virtual VIP on Twitter

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    John Roepke

    I use PDANet since it’s just so simple and doesn’t involve rooting my Hero. I like being able to sit down, plug the phone into my laptop, click connect and have it just work.

    On the other hand, I do think $30 is a little steep, but, it does work well.

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    Jason Krellner

    I’d root if it had more benefits. But I would only use tethering when I travel, which isn’t much these days (thankfully). This is cool, though, that there are multiple options for people who want to do it.

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    Marten Meulen

    My European HTC Hero has a standard option in the menu to use my phone as a modem. Works like a charm…

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    Yeah I have a Hero with BT in the UK. Just plug in the USB cable, choose settings\Wireless Controls\Mobile network sharing, and Both Windows 7 and Ubuntu detect and connect without fuss (Ubuntu sees it as a USB ethernet connection!).

    Guess we don’t have the same issue with tethering as the US?

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    I also went with PDAnet. Worth the money to me to avoid messing with rooting as I’m still a newbie! Works fantastic, I use it on my 1.5 hr train commute. I also looked at the Proxoid solution but also complicated with the SDK install etc.

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    Thomas Wilburn

    I’m hoping that when an EU version of the ROM is released, I’ll be able to load it onto my US Nexus One via the fastboot-oem firmware unlock, and get USB tethering like the lucky Europeans upthread…

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    You left out option 4: Use the free version of PDAnet and don’t use your tethered device for https sites.

    Pros: free, easy, it works
    Cons: you won’t spend all your savings buying stuff securely online

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    Hugh Briss

    I’m using PDAnet and it couldn’t have been easier to install and it works great. And I’m using the free version because I doubt I’ll ever need to access an https page when I don’t have access to wifi.

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    I chose option 1 on my HTC G1 developer edition phone. I like the options available with a rooted phone, the performance improvements, and tethering was a must-have piece of functionality. I also liked the challenge and the satisfaction of getting it done myself for free.

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    I think the article’s assertion that “application turns your phone into a Wi-Fi hotspot–essentially a MiFi–in one tap” is inaccurate, or at least misleading enough to cause false excitement.

    Following the link to the tethering app, it states that the wifi tethering is done via adhoc mode. That’s great for your laptop or computer that can do adhoc, but if you’ve got an iPod touch or similar, they don’t adhoc.

    I guess my issue is just with the “essentially a MiFi” remark. A MiFi looks just like a wireless router to devices, meaning anything with WiFi can use it. Sounds like a rooted Nexus One won’t meet my current needs. 🙁

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    Keep the Android tips coming. I have a Droid, coming from a BlackBerry the phone amazes me.


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    Rob Blatt

    I’d love to hear how you like the PDANet tethering after a few weeks.

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    Gina – I think you’re overlooking the SSH + SOCKS option that Ben Bradley wrote about above.

    The secret appears to be that OpenSSH can act as a SOCKS proxy!


    So creating an SSH tunnel on your Android (via ConnectBot) that allows your laptop to connect through your phone to a remote server gives you a SOCKS proxy. Tell your web browser about it and you’re tethered!

    Ben’s example uses the SDK, but I think you can just connect Laptop->[WiFI]->Android->[3G]->Server(proxy).

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    There is a 4th simpler and free method that works on the Android LG Eve with Rogers Wireless. Might work on others but I haven’t tested it. I posted the instructions on my blog at http://blog.interlockit.com/2010/01/connect-your-computer-to-internet-via.html. The steps are very similar to what works for Blackberries.

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    Method #4 – Using azilink , USB cable, and GNU/Linux (e.g. Ubuntu)

    No rooting required.. See how here:

    Shannon VanWagner

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