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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. joejoeiphone1's Avatar
      joejoeiphone1 -
      yup.. starting to look an awful lot like a vista issue.
    1. dirtybird1977's Avatar
      dirtybird1977 -
      No luck here with Vista. It connects but Firefox just times out when trying to load any page.
    1. RiNo808's Avatar
      RiNo808 -
      anyone found a solution for us vista users???
    1. FoneWeasel's Avatar
      FoneWeasel -
      Quote Originally Posted by RiNo808 View Post
      anyone found a solution for us vista users???
      Get a better OS.
    1. joejoeiphone1's Avatar
      joejoeiphone1 -
      that was helpful.. thanks!!
    1. jwfab1's Avatar
      jwfab1 -
      I have netshare, and cannot for the life of get connected to the internet.

      PC
      Vista
      Iphone 2.0 with netshare.

      I can connect to my ad-hoc no problem. But firefox and IE7 will not connect to the internet. Ive tried 3proxy, tinyproxy, and now netshare. I think it has to do with vista. I've also tried port forwarding using putty and winSCP, no luck what so ever.

      If anyone has successfully connected to the internet usng your iphone's edge as the connection, PLEASE EXPLAIN HOW!
      Thanks in advance.
    1. joejoeiphone1's Avatar
      joejoeiphone1 -
      the problem appears to be with vista.. that's my assumption
    1. rotaryheadrx7's Avatar
      rotaryheadrx7 -
      Connected in Vista using NetShare to type this message.

      Step 0 (To be done the first time only):
      Network Connections Control Panel
      Right-Click "Wireless Network Connection"
      Click Properties
      Select "Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)
      Click Properties
      Click "Alternate Configuration"
      Select "User Configured"
      IP address:
      192.168.10.2
      gateway:
      255.255.255.0
      Click OK

      Step 1:
      Control Panel -> Network and Sharing Center
      Click "Connect to a network"
      Select ad-hoc network

      Step 2:
      Connect iPhone to the wireless network you just created
      Set the IP to static
      IP address:
      192.168.10.1
      gateway:
      255.255.255.0

      Step 3:
      Open up Netshare

      Step 4:
      Open Firefox
      Click on Tools-> Options...
      Click on the advanced tab
      Click Settings
      Set up the proxy manually
      Socks: 192.168.10.1
      Port 1080

      Step 5:
      Open a new tab, or window and type "about:config" (Without the quotes)
      Do a search for "socks"
      Change

      network.proxy.socks_remote_dns;false
      to
      network.proxy.socks_remote_dns;true

      Restart Firefox

      All done!

      This works for me everytime.

      Also make sure the phone does not go to sleep, or use insomnia to keep the connection active.
    1. joejoeiphone1's Avatar
      joejoeiphone1 -
      I'm looking forward to trying this.. but I have no idea what you mean when you say network connections control panel. You mean go into the adapter properties and make these changes?

      thanks
      j

      okay.. tried again and again.. thanks for the tutuorial.. it absolutely does not work. I'm running Vista 64.. maybe that's the issue.

      thanks man

      j
    1. rotaryheadrx7's Avatar
      rotaryheadrx7 -
      Quote Originally Posted by joejoeiphone1 View Post
      I'm looking forward to trying this.. but I have no idea what you mean when you say network connections control panel. You mean go into the adapter properties and make these changes?

      thanks
      j

      okay.. tried again and again.. thanks for the tutuorial.. it absolutely does not work. I'm running Vista 64.. maybe that's the issue.

      thanks man

      j
      Is there an x64 version of safari? There is another thread about netshare and vista and apparently safari works where firefox has not been working for some...worth checking out...
    1. RiNo808's Avatar
      RiNo808 -
      Quote Originally Posted by rotaryheadrx7 View Post
      Connected in Vista using NetShare to type this message.

      Step 0 (To be done the first time only):
      Network Connections Control Panel
      Right-Click "Wireless Network Connection"
      Click Properties
      Select "Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)
      Click Properties
      Click "Alternate Configuration"
      Select "User Configured"
      IP address:
      192.168.10.2
      gateway:
      255.255.255.0
      Click OK

      Step 1:
      Control Panel -> Network and Sharing Center
      Click "Connect to a network"
      Select ad-hoc network

      Step 2:
      Connect iPhone to the wireless network you just created
      Set the IP to static
      IP address:
      192.168.10.1
      gateway:
      255.255.255.0

      Step 3:
      Open up Netshare

      Step 4:
      Open Firefox
      Click on Tools-> Options...
      Click on the advanced tab
      Click Settings
      Set up the proxy manually
      Socks: 192.168.10.1
      Port 1080

      Step 5:
      Open a new tab, or window and type "about:config" (Without the quotes)
      Do a search for "socks"
      Change

      network.proxy.socks_remote_dns;false
      to
      network.proxy.socks_remote_dns;true

      Restart Firefox

      All done!

      This works for me everytime.

      Also make sure the phone does not go to sleep, or use insomnia to keep the connection active.
      Awesome but there is one problem i dont have Netshare, apple app store took it off...is there any way that i can get netshare...and install it on the iphone...thanks in advanced
    1. pcuserforever's Avatar
      pcuserforever -
      guys, I've got to be stupid. I can't find 3proxy or mobileterm on cydia. Do I need to add a source somewhere?

      I'm stooopid!
      Devloper access in cydia !
    1. se23's Avatar
      se23 -
      no man I'm using netshare on my 3g iPhone & MacBook osx and netshare is crap. Got it to work a few time but the other thousand times no good. To make things worse it somehow messed up my net on phone, had to restore and cos the apps gone and I dl from my phone I can't get it back. Dead app
    1. iphonenewbiethats24's Avatar
      iphonenewbiethats24 -
      So here's my question. I just want to use the tethering to download some music, and maybe movies, but not have it connected all the time, maybe a few hours a week or so. I've got other access to internet, however, my apartment complex is stupid and they've got us under a firewall so we can't download music or movies. I'm new to this whole iphone thing, but from what I read, tethering my iphone for music and movies probably isn't a good idea is it?
    1. iphonenewbiethats24's Avatar
      iphonenewbiethats24 -
      Quote Originally Posted by iphonenewbiethats24 View Post
      So here's my question. I just want to use the tethering to download some music, and maybe movies, but not have it connected all the time, maybe a few hours a week or so. I've got other access to internet, however, my apartment complex is stupid and they've got us under a firewall so we can't download music or movies. I'm new to this whole iphone thing, but from what I read, tethering my iphone for music and movies probably isn't a good idea is it?
      any thoughts?
    1. austinw's Avatar
      austinw -
      ima try this now!
    1. Avalanchenut's Avatar
      Avalanchenut -
      I would highly advise against using your phone to download any kind of torrnet as it does show extreme upload and download usage which triggers an alert to your cell provider. You can how ever use your phone to tether and surf the internet as this will look normal to your provider and they won't know the differnce. Hope this helps
    1. FoneWeasel's Avatar
      FoneWeasel -
      Quote Originally Posted by Avalanchenut View Post
      I would highly advise against using your phone to download any kind of torrnet as it does show extreme upload and download usage which triggers an alert to your cell provider. You can how ever use your phone to tether and surf the internet as this will look normal to your provider and they won't know the differnce. Hope this helps
      This is untrue. They can see where the GET requests are coming from.
    1. Avalanchenut's Avatar
      Avalanchenut -
      Quote Originally Posted by FoneWeasel View Post
      This is untrue. They can see where the GET requests are coming from.
      I think you are ill informed. If your running a proxy which you are it is making your request look as if they are coming from the phone. This was proven at this years DEFCON.
    1. FoneWeasel's Avatar
      FoneWeasel -
      Quote Originally Posted by Avalanchenut View Post
      I think you are ill informed. If your running a proxy which you are it is making your request look as if they are coming from the phone. This was proven at this years DEFCON.
      And you believe that requests from Safari or Firefox on a Mac/PC look the same as those coming from the mobile version of Safari or Apple authorized apps? OK cool.