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  • How To: Tether the iPhone 3G


    For those of you wondering if it was possible to tether your iPhone 3G to your Mac - its sure is.

    We've got a simple guide up to tether the iPhone 3G in OS X which you can follow along with.

    NOTE: Tethering is AGAINST AT&T's data usage policy, this is not something you should abuse, or perhaps even do - you could get slapped with some heavy fines. There, you've been warned.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: How To: Tether the iPhone 3G started by Kyle Matthews View original post
    Comments 135 Comments
    1. adsonjustin's Avatar
      adsonjustin -
      thats scary
    1. m3thodandr3d's Avatar
      m3thodandr3d -
      Has anyone tested this to see if AT&T bills you for off-phone data usage?
    1. javilam's Avatar
      javilam -
      will this work only on firefox???
    1. kyikeda's Avatar
      kyikeda -
      hmmm to void warranty or to not void warranty.
    1. Iman07's Avatar
      Iman07 -
      can i use this on t-mobile edge? and doe anyone know how much data is allowed with the $5.99 plan. this is really good for those times where there is no wifi, but i guess u could just use ur iphone lol. good post.
    1. imode's Avatar
      imode -
      Quote Originally Posted by javilam View Post
      will this work only on firefox???
      It will work with any browser... It'll also work with Windows (different setup however) Just setup the proxy server settings for that browser.
    1. malka_aria's Avatar
      malka_aria -
      its funny that like year ago when i had the 1st generation iphone, I called Apple to ask how could I get internet on my mac from the iphone.. their answer was "I'm not sure if that is possible"
      so i think im gonna try it now so i could keep it for the future
      nate true is llways amazing us with cool discoveries...
    1. bcons003's Avatar
      bcons003 -
      it was really easy to set up with windows, i would like to make a tutorial for windows but i use a program to manage my networks and not sure how to do it with windows's stuff.

      i wonder what AT&T does if they find out you're tethering and how do they find out?
    1. malka_aria's Avatar
      malka_aria -
      hmm mm that was nice but you can use it only to browse with firefox, you cant even sign in with yahoo messenger or anything else... still useful though in emergencies
    1. imode's Avatar
      imode -
      Quote Originally Posted by malka_aria View Post
      hmm mm that was nice but you can use it only to browse with firefox, you cant even sign in with yahoo messenger or anything else... still useful though in emergencies
      Not true. It's a proxy server. Need to configure your app to use a proxy and it'll work.
    1. RonMexico's Avatar
      RonMexico -
      NOTE: Tethering is AGAINST AT&T's data usage policy, this is not something you should abuse, or perhaps even do - you could get slapped with some heavy fines. There, you've been warned.
      ya, that scares the shat out of me,lol

      I really want to tether tho
    1. joshysquashy's Avatar
      joshysquashy -
      Could someone make an app for the mac/pc that sets up your browser and network with minimum effort, and then puts everything back again?

      Also it would be nice to have a gui app for the iPhone to start the proxy and tell you the ip address, and to try accessing the internet so you don't need to open a website on the iPhone.

      So it would be: open app on mac, it tells you to connect to the wireless network on your iphone (automatic in future). Then on the iphone you launch the proxy app, it tells you the IP address. You enter that IP address into the mac app and press connect. Now you can access the internet, no more settings.

      When done, you quit the iPhone app and it stops the proxy. You quit the mac app and it puts your settings back and stops the ad-hoc network.
    1. Siiv3r's Avatar
      Siiv3r -
      this is cool wish theyd do something of the revers for the ipod like with att connect cards you pay per month for that'd be nice
    1. UiK's Avatar
      UiK -
      Am I the only one who doesn't know what tether is?
    1. LaZARuZ's Avatar
      LaZARuZ -
      I need this for windows.
    1. rknj79's Avatar
      rknj79 -
      Has anyone confirmed that AT&T is indeed able to track this?? I really want to have the ability to tether (quite often), but don't want to risk any crazy bills?? How can they know if you are tethering or not???
    1. imode's Avatar
      imode -
      Quote Originally Posted by LaZARuZ View Post
      I need this for windows.
      It already exists in windows. It's a simply a proxy server setup. Go to Control Panel->Internet Properties-> LAN settings. Add the IP address of the proxy server on the iphone.
    1. bretthartt's Avatar
      bretthartt -
      Quote Originally Posted by UiK View Post
      Am I the only one who doesn't know what tether is?
      In a nutshell it means "Mess With" or "Bother" or "JimmyRig" lol
    1. paulszat's Avatar
      paulszat -
      In theory they could look at the browser user agent in the request header for any HTTP stuff. They'd be able to see when Firefox is used. Of course it is possible to forge your host header so firefox looks like your iPhone version of Safari......