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  • PdaNet turns iPhone into Wi-Fi Hotspot


    Turning a smartphone into a Wi-Fi hotspot is nothing new, unless you have an iPhone. Today, June Fabrics released PdaNet, a jailbreak app that turns any iPhone into a Wi-Fi hotspot regardless of what network happens to be available. Obviously, an Edge connection will be painfully slow, but a decent 3G signal should provide enough bandwidth for most users to surf the web comfortably. According to June Fabric’s website, “PdaNet provides the fastest connection speed possible from your data service and data signal.”

    With PdaNet, users can enjoy the freedom of a personal Wi-Fi hub without the additional cost that most tethering plans bring with them. Some users may not want to create a Wi-Fi hotspot in a crowded coffee shop. If this is the case, users can connect an iPhone to a laptop via USB cable. A desktop client is required for this type of connection, luckily both Mac and Windows versions are available.



    According to PdaNet’s twitter feed, an iPad version is in the works. This is good news for iPad users. iOS 4.2 beta 2 was recently released to developers and the tethering preference that was present in earlier versions had been removed. This feature might have been removed by mistake, but it’s more likely that Apple removed it because of pressure from AT&T. We’ll just have to wait till November to find out if tethering makes it back into iOS 4.2 for iPad.

    Source: June Fabrics
    This article was originally published in forum thread: PdaNet turns iPhone into Wi-Fi Hotspot started by Wiley John Wright View original post
    Comments 106 Comments
    1. iDeadman's Avatar
      iDeadman -
      Man there's a lot of cry babies in this forum. I don't understand why people would get angry over an article to a site YOU DONT RUN. If you don't like the news, wipe your eyes and go to another site.
    1. whereswaldo's Avatar
      whereswaldo -
      Hasn't PDAnet been out forever
    1. spamsalad's Avatar
      spamsalad -
      Some people are being slightly unfair here. I agree with some of the comments, the old PDANet wasn't up to much. I have installed the new version today and it tests fine. Why all the back biting, you got shares in MYWI? ;-0
    1. Waleed786's Avatar
      Waleed786 -
      +1for the above poster. Mywi was the only tethering app, now that we have 2, we have a choice of which one we want..so this would be a good thing. Can this create an infrastructure network? If it can, I would take it over mywi.
    1. Captinsmooth's Avatar
      Captinsmooth -
      Why the hell are people complaining so much lately about whats posted as news around here? If you don't like it don't read it. Yes pda net is old, but did everyone forget that mywi and tehtherme got news threads when they upgraded to 4.0?

      I personally think this is news worthy, tethering apps are quintessential to jailbroken iphones. So yes it makes perfect sense to make this news, or no one would know that the upgrade even happened.

      I think it is funny how so many people on this site think they are critics that have some profound insight to share. News flash you are just another Internet idiot waiting in line.... So with that being said get your asss back in line and shut up...lol

      Quote Originally Posted by Waleed786 View Post
      +1for the above poster. Mywi was the only tethering app, now that we have 2, we have a choice of which one we want..so this would be a good thing. Can this create an infrastructure network? If it can, I would take it over mywi.
      Tetherme, now there is 3 tethering apps.
    1. Halten77's Avatar
      Halten77 -
      For those of you saying MyWi is better than PDAnet (Although I do like MyWi better IMO) because it uses a desktop client and MyWi doesn't.... You're all wrong. MyWi in fact DOES use a desktop client. It's called iTunes. It's just "Convenient" since almost everyone already has it, but if you uninstall iTunes, MyWi will be worthless and will not be detected by your Computer.
    1. triniflavaforya's Avatar
      triniflavaforya -
      Thanx a milli!!! I didn't know about this 1..only MyWi...trying out PDAnet now..works nicely..otherwise I wouldn't have been able to post this message!
    1. Halten77's Avatar
      Halten77 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Captinsmooth View Post
      Why the hell are people complaining so much lately about whats posted as news around here? If you don't like it don't read it. Yes pda net is old, but did everyone forget that mywi and tehtherme got news threads when they upgraded to 4.0?

      I personally think this is news worthy, tethering apps are quintessential to jailbroken iphones. So yes it makes perfect sense to make this news, or no one would know that the upgrade even happened.

      I think it is funny how so many people on this site think they are critics that have some profound insight to share. News flash you are just another Internet idiot waiting in line.... So with that being said get your asss back in line and shut up...lol



      Tetherme, now there is 3 tethering apps.
      iTether, iBluever. Now there is 5 tethering apps. (There has *been)
    1. Captinsmooth's Avatar
      Captinsmooth -
      Quote Originally Posted by Halten77 View Post
      For those of you saying MyWi is better than PDAnet (Although I do like MyWi better IMO) because it uses a desktop client and MyWi doesn't.... You're all wrong. MyWi in fact DOES use a desktop client. It's called iTunes. It's just "Convenient" since almost everyone already has it, but if you uninstall iTunes, MyWi will be worthless and will not be detected by your Computer.
      I use mywi to tether to my work laptop every day. It does not have itunes on it, and it still works. So I am not sure what you are saying here? It works as a basic adhoc network no desktop client is needed.
    1. chris102192's Avatar
      chris102192 -
      Yeah I'll just stick to mywi, this mess is "free" yet requires a license, which will run you $29 bucks. Oh $15.95 for a limited time!

      Imma stick to MyWi, which has been doing it great this whole time, and is 10 bucks cheaper.
    1. Halten77's Avatar
      Halten77 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Captinsmooth View Post
      I use mywi to tether to my work laptop every day. It does not have itunes on it, and it still works. So I am not sure what you are saying here? It works as a basic adhoc network no desktop client is needed.
      It's obvious WiFi tethering doesn't need iTunes. I'm talking about USB tethering.
    1. charlyc's Avatar
      charlyc -
      I am glad this news was front page since I did not know about the update. PdaNet was the first and it's still going.
    1. Captinsmooth's Avatar
      Captinsmooth -
      Quote Originally Posted by Halten77 View Post
      It's obvious WiFi tethering doesn't need iTunes. I'm talking about USB tethering.
      Hmm never tried the usb tether feature on mywi.
    1. kuhndsn's Avatar
      kuhndsn -
      I'll stay with mywi. Zero bugs for me and connects immediately. Tried PDAnet a while back and buggy was a nice word. Either way it's nice to see compitition. As far as "other" smart phones is concerned with regards to Messany's net I mean Verizon. Lol. Yes it works until u get a phone call. The bye bye Internet. ;-). Sorry Messany couldn't resist. All in good fun.

      Quote Originally Posted by Halten77 View Post
      For those of you saying MyWi is better than PDAnet (Although I do like MyWi better IMO) because it uses a desktop client and MyWi doesn't.... You're all wrong. MyWi in fact DOES use a desktop client. It's called iTunes. It's just "Convenient" since almost everyone already has it, but if you uninstall iTunes, MyWi will be worthless and will not be detected by your Computer.
      Not 100% true. My net book and car net works just fine. In addition to my daughters psp.
    1. SteveIsles's Avatar
      SteveIsles -
      I used PDAnet just before iOS 3.0 came out. I need to tether every day to my laptop for work, as I use it during my hour-plus commute by train. Connections that went idle for more than 30 seconds would just hang, at random. I got my refund and switched to native tethering with the IPCC hack. As I upgraded to 3.1 etc. I used various ways of keeping native tethering which worked like a charm, and was incredibly stable.

      Back on ios4.0.1 I bought MyWi as an alternative to the native Bluetooth/USB tethering (enabled by TetherMe) I was really wary based on my experience with PDANet to go with a 3rd party implementation, but I have to say it is great and stable. Both TetherMe and MyWi work great on iOS 4.1 on my iPhone 4.

      Maybe PDANet has matured in the last year, but from my experience I wouldn't go near it...
    1. Halten77's Avatar
      Halten77 -
      Quote Originally Posted by kuhndsn View Post
      I'll stay with mywi. Zero bugs for me and connects immediately. Tried PDAnet a while back and buggy was a nice word. Either way it's nice to see compitition. As far as "other" smart phones is concerned with regards to Messany's net I mean Verizon. Lol. Yes it works until u get a phone call. The bye bye Internet. ;-). Sorry Messany couldn't resist. All in good fun.



      Not 100% true. My net book and car net works just fine. In addition to my daughters psp.
      *Sigh* before finding a post to flame on, read my other posts. I meant it needs iTunes for USB TETHERING!

      Quote Originally Posted by Captinsmooth View Post
      Hmm never tried the usb tether feature on mywi.
      USB Tethering is AWESOME! Lightning fast. Though I never used WiFi tethering because the WiFi on my iPhone 3G is broken. Thank god for USB tethering.
    1. Mes's Avatar
      Mes -
      Complaints & more complaints .... and NO-ONE has tried this new version!!!

      It's getting more and more difficult to get any useful information without first weeding through pages of worthless crap.

      If you have nothing constructive, be quiet!!!!
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      I seriously don;t see why everyone is so hung up about this being an article. If you already knew about this, why did you read it? It's not like the title was deceptive about what you were getting into when clicking the link. Do you ***** and moan to the New York Times if you read some news elsewhere before you read it from them too? Do you cry if THEY don;t report something "news worthy"? FFS... get over yourselves!
    1. santacruzlocal's Avatar
      santacruzlocal -
      Give him a break, he is new, he needed something to write about!!

      Quote Originally Posted by Mes View Post
      Complaints & more complaints .... and NO-ONE has tried this new version!!!

      It's getting more and more difficult to get any useful information without first weeding through pages of worthless crap.

      If you have nothing constructive, be quiet!!!!
      WOW you need to get laid !!!
    1. Iam King's Avatar
      Iam King -
      I will give it a try see how it works. Iam having problems mywi keeps giving out cleaning up error then the phone has to be restarted.
      iphone 3g