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  • 3G USB iPhone Tethering - PdaNet 1.50+


    We first showed you PdaNet back in September, and since then they've done quite a bit of work on it (including changing from free to $29 ).

    I gotta admit though, despite being $29, this is by far the best tethering app out there for iPhone: and 1.50+ now adds USB tethering support for Windows users. And it works like a charm. Mac guys - sucks to be us about now. Here's the word from the guys:
    In terms of USB connection the Mac platform and Windows platform are quite different. We do not have any development plan as of now but would want to get to it eventually.
    You can charge while using USB still, and here's the full list of features:
    • You will get FULL Internet access on the computer! (Instead of only applications that support Socks proxy.) In technical terms, all applications make direct TCP/IP connections to the server. Since there is no proxy involved, that also means less problems and less delays.
    • VPN connections are supported on the computer.
    • You don't need to configure anything on the computer end whenever you connect PdaNet. No proxy settings, no extra software installation, no messing with static IP assignment, no switching settings back and forth when going back to your home's WiFi router.
    • Yes it will connect at 3G speed if your phone has the coverage.Feedback from our users shows pretty fast speed even for the 2G version.
    • Supports PC, MAC, Linux or anything (include other PDA/phones) that connects to a WiFi router.
    • PdaNet runs in the background so you can still use other iPhone features when PdaNet is connected. But when you are done with them, go back to PdaNet to prevent the phone from entering idle and drops your connection.
    • PdaNet has a built-in "insomnia" feature so you can turn off the phone when PdaNet is in the foreground and it won't drop your active connection. This will conserve battery.
    • It is recommended that you charge the phone at the same time while using PdaNet because both WiFi and 3G will be put on full speed, both consume a lot of juice.

    Check it out now on the MMi repo in Cydia.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: 3G USB iPhone Tethering - PdaNet 1.50+ started by Kyle Matthews View original post
    Comments 33 Comments
    1. Poseidon79's Avatar
      Poseidon79 -
      I'm still back on 1.4 but I have a Mac so the USB doesn't help. All in all this app totally rocks! The 3G browsing speed is amazingly fast!
    1. fletch33's Avatar
      fletch33 -
      well USB would be nice but having to use windows is a sacrifice i am not willing to make

      wonder if i could connect it to my windows virtual machine in os x?

      UPDATE: well you can use it on windows in your virtual machine on OS X but as you would assume it only connects for you to use your windows online. since my XP uses my OS X connection it makes me wonder if ti would be possible to reverse that and allow me to connect with XP but then bridge that connection to my OS X side. well i may have to look into that but this is definitely a great product.
    1. LYRICALDETOX's Avatar
      LYRICALDETOX -
      so what is the purpose of this app?
    1. ahab228's Avatar
      ahab228 -
      why purchase an app like this when AT&T is about to release official tethering soon with USB support for both mac and PC
    1. x2thaz64's Avatar
      x2thaz64 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ahab228 View Post
      why purchase an app like this when AT&T is about to release official tethering soon with USB support for both mac and PC
      because att will likely charge extra for this feature
    1. fcpoage's Avatar
      fcpoage -
      This app is good because the ATT tethering plan will cost an additional monthly fee according to the news, whereas this app has a one-time fee. By the way, I am typing this from my HP laptop using PDAnet USB modem (trial period) on the edge network. It works flawlessly for me. Had some trouble with the first release, but the update today fixed the problem. I am using Firefox with flashblocker, script blocker, and an adblocker addons, and the pages seem to load fairly quickly. I will most likely purchase this app (unless ATT plans on letting me tether for free!)
    1. diem0n's Avatar
      diem0n -
      I would buy it if developers tell us all that at&t will never find out and prosecute for ILLEGAL tethering of their network instead of using legal method coming soon. Otherwise it will be same as buying narcs and to have a chance to be cought and prosecuted. What am I paying for?
    1. Kyle Matthews's Avatar
      Kyle Matthews -
      The high?



      Its not up to developers to tell you AT&T policy - its up to you to decide if you want to use your iPhone data on your laptop with this tethering app.
    1. spudman01's Avatar
      spudman01 -
      the way i figure it, i am paying for unlimited internet on my iphone. who is att to judge me how to use it? if i want to hook it up to an ipod touch i can cause im paying UNLIMITED internet!!
    1. Bernie-Mac's Avatar
      Bernie-Mac -
      Quote Originally Posted by spudman01 View Post
      the way i figure it, i am paying for unlimited internet on my iphone. who is att to judge me how to use it? if i want to hook it up to an ipod touch i can cause im paying UNLIMITED internet!!
      When you read the fine print and see that "unlimited" is really 5GB a month, you'll see att is able to judge how you use it.
    1. s4mb4's Avatar
      s4mb4 -
      the other issue to consider is that AT&T's tethering plan, (if it ever is released) will most likely use 'Connection Manager'. That piece of software is horrible. While it makes it easy, it is a resource hog. On my dual core Intel 2.4 Ghz laptop with 3 GB of ram, Connection Manager takes almost 45 seconds to load.
    1. jrentzke's Avatar
      jrentzke -
      Mac guys can always use it on the bootcamp partition for now.
    1. elnekis's Avatar
      elnekis -
      here in my country there is no regulation against tethering your phone using edge or 3G, although on 3G you have a 3gig limit. I will definitely consider buying this app if you travel a lot or if you are blocked @work.
    1. dkaye's Avatar
      dkaye -
      I downloaded the 1.50 update yesterday and could not get the USB option to function - was unable to check the option to use the USB connection. I was able to still use the ad hoc network tho.

      Last night, they released 1.51 - which corrected that problem. Very simple to use, but I did note it was a little sluggish in the connection speed as compared to using previously via the ad hoc connection. Probably just a fluke, but plan to test some more.
    1. a.cukier's Avatar
      a.cukier -
      It works in Brazil with VIVO carrier perfectly - in fact Im using it NOW! My corporate ship does not have 3G data limit, so, Im free to use it any time!!! Ill buy it after the 15 day trial. 100% recommend it!
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      Quote Originally Posted by spudman01 View Post
      the way i figure it, i am paying for unlimited internet on my iphone. who is att to judge me how to use it? if i want to hook it up to an ipod touch i can cause im paying UNLIMITED internet!!
      When you signed the contract saying you wouldn't tether, you gave ATT the right to judge.
    1. Otacon132's Avatar
      Otacon132 -
      client doesnt work on 64bit box's =\
    1. seanreynoldscs's Avatar
      seanreynoldscs -
      Hey,
      With pdanet 1.42 I could play pandora in the background and serve simple wifi access to my laptop at work.

      But with this new one, my battery ends up getting drained.

      Have you all noticed this too? Its essentially unusable due to the fact that even with the wall charger, it wont stay charged.

      Is it Pandora's new app? or Is it with Pdanet1.5?? I cant even play pandora on my laptop with just pdanet running on my phone without it draining my battery now.

      Very disappointed!

      How do I downgrade with Cydia?
    1. pyromuffin's Avatar
      pyromuffin -
      Has everyone forgotten about iphone tunnel suite? I've been using that to tether my iphone through USB for ages. It's free, it's fast, and if you use proxifier, it functions just like a regular network connection. It works through SSH, so chances are you won't even need to install anything on your phone.

      for serious guys, this app is a joke at 29 dollars, I've been doing this for months, for free.
    1. robdam1001's Avatar
      robdam1001 -
      Do i need to install PDANet software on my laptop in order to get USB tethering? JuneFabrics documentation & support are an absolute JOKE.