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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. hbelkins's Avatar
      hbelkins -
      I have been tethering a Cingular/AT&T Motorola phone with the $20/month unlimited MEdiaNet plan for years now to my iBook (and even tried it once or twice with a PC). I signed on to that plan before it said tethering was verboten. I use it for browsing, e-mail (Eudora) and Yahoo/AOL messenging and especially streaming audio (I live and work in radio hell and can't pick up my favorite talk shows over the air where I live and work) but not for heavy downloads. The only problem is that this ties up my cell phone and if I make a call of any length, I get disconnected from the network, and most voice calls I get roll straight to voice mail. I bought my iPhone (1st gen) primarily for data usage and if something simpler could be done to allow it to tether, I'd be in hog heaven. All I had to do with the Motorola phone was search for and download a modem script and know what entries to put in the phone number, username and password fields in the dialup settings. My kingdom for someone who can come up with a complete solution for the EDGE iPhone that doesn't require a lot of configuring individual apps like Safari, Firefox, Eudora and Yahoo Messenger.
    1. pingwhen's Avatar
      pingwhen -
      Tethering is fun and all but the phone dies faster than it charges over 3g that's lame
    1. T4R06's Avatar
      T4R06 -
      the iphone 3G dont have any problems on incoming calls while downloading stuff. the only thing i have an issue is i cant connect on yahoo messenger. by the way im using MAC
    1. pingwhen's Avatar
      pingwhen -
      but really how can they tell???
    1. LaZARuZ's Avatar
      LaZARuZ -
      Quote Originally Posted by imode69 View Post
      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.
      Thanks but were do I find the ip address of the proxy on my phone. Phone is jailbrake already. Do I need to install anything on my phone ?
    1. b3nny's Avatar
      b3nny -
      not working with t-zones on first gen 1.1.4. Tutorial made perfect sense, but i just don't get any webpages. i'm sure its the t-zones.
    1. stunna2095's Avatar
      stunna2095 -
      what is tethering??
    1. FoneWeasel's Avatar
      FoneWeasel -
      Quote Originally Posted by stunna2095 View Post
      what is tethering??
      Connecting your laptop or computer to the internet by using your cell phone's internet connection.
    1. 12jmartinez's Avatar
      12jmartinez -
      ok this is really out of the subject, but i have a first gen iphone and i was wondering if i could by an iphone 3g and just find some way to activate it so i can use the same sims card??? i was also wondering if the 3g iphone would lock up or "brick" if i do that???
    1. FoneWeasel's Avatar
      FoneWeasel -
      Quote Originally Posted by 12jmartinez View Post
      ok this is really out of the subject, but i have a first gen iphone and i was wondering if i could by an iphone 3g and just find some way to activate it so i can use the same sims card??? i was also wondering if the 3g iphone would lock up or "brick" if i do that???
      Start a new thread.
    1. 808mp5's Avatar
      808mp5 -
      hmmm... can't get it to work... either on mac or PC... Cydia is still alittle buggy too. I uninstalled the IE7 icon mod and now i have no edge icon whatsoever and i can't reinstall the IE7 icon.

      as for 3proxy im sure it does work but it doesn't for me

      i miss tinyproxy it was so much easier
      I tethered my 1st gen iPhone with no problems... and i totally abused it downloaded whole programs which took most of the night and morning because of the slow speeds... AT&T never caught on and if they did they probably didn't give a damn
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Quote Originally Posted by pingwhen View Post
      but really how can they tell???
      As much as they act sometimes, AT&T isn't just a bunch of idiots proving a service. They can and know how you use their service, and tethering is really easy to tell.
    1. sonarmtl's Avatar
      sonarmtl -
      VERY easy steps to follow,

      THANKS , worked GREAT up here in canada!


      Very timely too since I'm going on vacation to a place with no net, now I'll be able to keep in touch thanks to you!

      YOU ROCK!


      ScoTTT in Montreal Canada
    1. lighter's Avatar
      lighter -
      You better say sorry to uncle "ted" real soon cuz he's about to "$$$$" in the you know what very soon!

      btw way you on rogers or fido and what data plan you have?

      Lighter

      ps.

      if he doesn't let me know so i can do it too =)

      Quote Originally Posted by sonarmtl View Post
      VERY easy steps to follow,

      THANKS , worked GREAT up here in canada!


      Very timely too since I'm going on vacation to a place with no net, now I'll be able to keep in touch thanks to you!

      YOU ROCK!


      ScoTTT in Montreal Canada
    1. imode's Avatar
      imode -
      Quote Originally Posted by LaZARuZ View Post
      Thanks but were do I find the ip address of the proxy on my phone. Phone is jailbrake already. Do I need to install anything on my phone ?
      You should read the guide first before posting a question like this...

      You have to install 3proxy on your iPhone (as stated in the guide). The IP address is simply the IP of the wifi connection. In windows, in the internet connection dialog box set the SOCKS server proxy to that IP.

      On Local Area Network Settings:

      1. select Bypass proxy server for local address
      2. click the advanced button
      3. in the Socks field add your iPhone IP address and port 1080
    1. Chase817's Avatar
      Chase817 -
      Quote Originally Posted by UiK View Post
      Am I the only one who doesn't know what tether is?
      probably
    1. imode's Avatar
      imode -
      Quote Originally Posted by Happy Noodle Boy View Post
      As much as they act sometimes, AT&T isn't just a bunch of idiots proving a service. They can and know how you use their service, and tethering is really easy to tell.
      They can tell because of traffic emanating from ports not associated with native iPhone apps. SOCKS doesn't encrypt packets, it simply sets up a one-way firewall and forwards packets through it. Also, some idiot will probably setup a bittorrent transfer through the tether. That's the net equivalent of firing a gun inside a police station.

      Quote Originally Posted by stunna2095 View Post
      what is tethering??
      JC... Why can't you use Google? The first hit simply searching for "tether" is: Tether - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia and read the first paragraph.

      A tether is a cord that anchors something movable to a stationary point. There are a number of applications for tethers, but the primary use is limiting the movement of animals.[citation needed] This term is sometimes used in North America to describe using the Internethandheld or personal computer connected to a cell phone via a cable or Bluetooth DUN connection. through a

      People, if you don't know what a term means look it up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Stop posting "I don't know what #### is..." It's annoying. A 2 second google search is all that is needed.
    1. pingwhen's Avatar
      pingwhen -
      ya i guess you guys are right, well i dled the 2.0 update for my touch through it, i guess i will see what happens, but i think im going to use it alot for just browsing, i have wifi for downloading stuff
    1. LaZARuZ's Avatar
      LaZARuZ -
      Quote Originally Posted by imode69 View Post
      You should read the guide first before posting a question like this...

      You have to install 3proxy on your iPhone (as stated in the guide). The IP address is simply the IP of the wifi connection. In windows, in the internet connection dialog box set the SOCKS server proxy to that IP.

      On Local Area Network Settings:

      1. select Bypass proxy server for local address
      2. click the advanced button
      3. in the Socks field add your iPhone IP address and port 1080
      yes I fingured that after I posted it my bad. Ok so I did everything but I still no go. The wifi on my phone is post to change to 3g right when I browrs on safari. ? It doesn't change. I think 3proxy not working or something i'm doing wrong.
    1. stormlifter's Avatar
      stormlifter -
      ATT will just destroy you, that's what happens. They aim their guidance missiles in your direction.