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  • iPhoneModem - Extremely Easy 3G Tethering in OS X

    Addition released their application iPhoneModem Saturday through the MMi Cydia source. They describe it as "an application for the iPhone that aims at making it really easy to use the iPhone's internet connection on your computer," and they deliver.

    A while back, we posted a how to on tethering the iPhone using NateTrue's method - which required some command line knowledge and a few network tweaks on your OS X box. Until now, this was pretty much the easiest way to tether your 3G iPhone (and still is a great method which only takes a few minutes).

    iPhoneModem makes tethering a 10 second process. I've been testing it the past few hours, and its incredibly well-designed and functional. For those of you running OS X Leopard (iPhoneModem is actively working on the desktop client for MacOS 10.4 and Microsoft Windows, as well as a 1.x iPhone version of the app), you simply install their Leopard app (200kb .dmg direct download), open it, and press connect. This will automatically create an ad-hoc network named iPhoneModem on your Mac.

    Then, on your iPhone, go to your settings and join the iPhoneModem network.

    Once connected, open the iPhoneModem app on the iPhone. It will automatically connect (assuming you've got the iPhoneModem running on your Mac), and that's it - you're tethered. Open Safari on your Mac, you should be browsing already.

    It's really that simple. I've tested it on both my MacBook and MacBook Pro, with no issues at all. Browsing over 3G is of course fast, and battery draining. Make sure your iPhone is plugged in.

    The Addition devs note:

    If you can use the web, using Safari, but other Internet applications are not working:
    - make sure that the application you are using supports a "Socks Proxy" and see how you can enable it, for example Firefox does not look at the System Preferences and you have to manually configure it on it's own preferences dialog.
    Their original plan was to release through AppStore, but Apple has yet to approve their request, which was made in July of 08. Also, Apple has a shaky history of approving tethering apps (remember NetShare's approved, pulled, approved, pulled antics?)

    The app is shareware, with a $9.99 (PayPal only) price to remove the annoying registration nags (well spent for the quality of this app). The registration codes are based on IMEI.

    Nice job, Addition.

    edit: previous issues of security have been resolved in current version (2.0.0+).

    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPhoneModem - Extremely Easy 3G Tethering in OS X started by Kyle Matthews View original post
    Comments 90 Comments
    1. vinodis's Avatar
      vinodis -
      If you have SSH installed on your iPhone, Using the USB Cable you can tether easily:-
      alk blog: SSH to tether your iphone over USB cable to get your PC online
    1. cali1975's Avatar
      cali1975 -
      You should try PDA Net is is simply to use, it uses NAT so you are gonna be able to use it as a REALLY modem, no extra apss needed, nothing. it is great!!!!!! VPN connections are not working, but ichat, firefox dows!!!!

      Try PDANET PdaNet -- Use your iPhone as a Wireless Router for your PC/Mac It is a really router. NOT A PROXY. Carlos
    1. destroyerofsensesdsf's Avatar
      destroyerofsensesdsf -
      Hi, I was wondering does anyone have a walk through on connecting the iphone with either software with windows vista x64? I've attempted with several applications to get this working and it hasn't >,<. I would appreciate any help anyone can offer.
    1. angelzhope720's Avatar
      angelzhope720 -
    1. farfromovin's Avatar
      farfromovin -
      Just a little background- I've tethered for the past 3 years on Sprint and ATT networks back and forth. Usually only use it while on vacation when free wifi isn't available or if my home internet is down for weather or other maintenance issues. Anyway, I just paid $9.99 for Addition's iPhone Modem 2 software because it is smokin' easy and quite reliable. I've been browsing with it for about 4 hours now and it's been solid. I've never had a "hacked tether" work so seemlessly. My best setup previously was my N95-3 but even that dropped from time to time requiring restarts of both laptop and mobile. This is the real deal. Thanks Addition!
    1. imagine engine's Avatar
      imagine engine -
      Has anyone had issue with getting iphonemodem working with iPhone firmware 2.2.1? Since updating the firmware I can't get the iphone to tether easily as before with my MacBook (OS X Leopard 10.5.6) with the addition iphonemodem client desktop helper app. Also has anyone figured out how to get Back to My Mac working with Addition iPhoneModem? BTMM states I'm not connected to the Internet even though I can surf with safari and use Mail. The Leopard firewall is configured for applications with iPhoneModem added to the approved list.
    1. jzahra's Avatar
      jzahra -
      farfromovin: I guess AT&T has never "caught" you tethering? That seems to be the only worry for those of us in the US.

      Quote Originally Posted by cali1975 View Post
      You should try PDA Net is is simply to use, it uses NAT so you are gonna be able to use it as a REALLY modem, no extra apss needed, nothing. it is great!!!!!! VPN connections are not working, but ichat, firefox dows!!!!

      Try PDANET PdaNet -- Use your iPhone as a Wireless Router for your PC/Mac It is a really router. NOT A PROXY. Carlos
      I also have been using this app since it came out, with no problems. Sometimes it does not detect that I'm connected to the ad-hoc network, and I don't use it often enough to have figured out why this sometimes happens, but other than that, it's MUCH easier to use than any other solution. The iPhone becomes a router, so you don't have to do anything on the computer other than simply join the ad-hoc wireless network and start browsing.

      The free version of this app only works for TCP connections after a trial. The full version is not cheap, so if you need to do anything other than http browsing, then this isn't the solution for you.

      To the gentlemen from iPhoneModem.de, a few suggestions. A quick search in Google for "iPhone Modem" doesn't reveal your site in 2 pages. Furthermore, you (or someone that can work with you) should improve the English site, as well as improve your Google siterank, in that there are many mistakes and translation issues. While based on the posts here in this thread I don't doubt that you were the original developers for this app, English users are going to flock to the website which looks professional in appearance and appears high in Google's search results. If you want to further your app, you will need to work on these issues.

    1. marciowd's Avatar
      marciowd -
      I've been trying to put it to work for months... Can't make it.
      Follow all instructions to the letter, but it doesn't work.
      Support at iphonemodem.com just sucks.
      Been leaving messages for weeks.. Not a single reply.
      I paid for it, can't use it... No support...

      Highly NOT recommended....
    1. z3r01's Avatar
      z3r01 -
      sweeeeeettt, gonna try this badboy right now
    1. nice shot's Avatar
      nice shot -
      I had the exact same problem and I am wondering if there is a ton of other people out there with the same issue. I wasnt smart enough to revert the settings. I ended up having to wipe and restore the computer (not that it was hard, but definitely annoying).

      anyone have any advice on this?