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  • Share Your 3G Data With New HTML5 Tethering App By Tether


    Do you remember Tether? Back in November of 2011, they brought us a $14.99 App Store application, which allowed us to share our iPhone’s 3G data connection with another device. Many applications have snuck past Apple’s watchful eye into the App Store supporting tethering features, however with a name like 'iTether' it’s almost humiliating for them not to have caught it when it was submitted. What's even funnier is the description for the application in the App Store blatantly said it was a tethering application in black and white. It was later removed.

    If you want tethering, but you hate waiting for the occasional App Store troll that slips by Apple's guards with tethering capabilities, then you can hop onto a new solution by the company Tether. It’s an HTML5 application, which you can access from any iPhone or iPad with cellular capabilities whether it is jailbroken or not in the Safari application and share your data connection to any other Wi-Fi device. This means no App Store apps and no jailbreak apps necessary – just a Web page.

    It doesn’t come free, but it does come cheap. For the next week, Tether will be offering their service for a mere $15 for the entire year. After the week is over, it will cost $30 per year. If you act quickly, you can lock in the cheaper price – it sure is cheaper than what your carrier wants you to pay them, huh?

    Tether uses an Ad-Hoc network for providing its tethering services to your computer. There is software you will need to install on your Mac or PC to use it. After you do that, there are some instructions to follow, which are listed below:
    • Download Tether onto your Mac OS X computer by clicking the following link: http://downloads.tether.com/TetherWeb.dmg OR download Tether onto your Windows computer by clicking the following link: http://downloads.tether.com/TetherWeb.exe
    • Once the download is complete, go through the install process.
    • Run Tether on your computer. Enter a name for the SSID of the ad-hoc network that will be created. You may enter a password for the network or leave it blank for an open network.
    • On your iOS mobile device click the Settings icon and then click Wi-Fi. Select the tether.com:SSIDNAME network and enter the WEP key if you created the network with one.
    • Open the safari browser on your iOS mobile device and visit http://tether.com/web. If you have an account, login and follow the on screen instructions. The webpage should then establish a connection between the iOS mobile device and your Mac.
    • Once the Server Status and the Computer Status show that they are connected your Mac/PC should now be online!



    Just remember: unauthorized tethering is still against your carrier's terms of service. Do this at your own risk.

    Sources: 9to5Mac
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Share Your 3G Data With New HTML5 Tethering App By Tether started by Anthony Bouchard View original post
    Comments 24 Comments
    1. mofolo's Avatar
      mofolo -
      As a web developer I am very interested about the HTML 5 Technologies that allow this to work.

      Anyone got any ideas how this work?
    1. dmcdivitt's Avatar
      dmcdivitt -
      I'd like to know how it works, too! How does HTML5 become a hotspot? Doesn't make much sense.
    1. justdan0227's Avatar
      justdan0227 -
      Quote Originally Posted by iElvis View Post
      Um, am I the only one to see the fatal flaw with this idea? Let's start from the top:

      1. Your carrier knows exactly where you go on the web because all your http requests go through their servers. It would be a simple matter for them to monitor traffic to this site.

      2. If you start parking your iDevice at tether.com and begin sucking down a lot of data, you can rest assured your account is going to get flagged for possible unauthorized tethering.

      3. Once you're on your carrier's radar screen for tethering, it's a relatively simple matter for them to confirm you're doing it based on the user agent strings your computer is sending.

      Try this, and you can expect to get AT&T's infamous warning text in short order.
      Elvis, while it is true that the carrier "COULD KNOW" where you go because http requests go through their servers, carriers can not monitor those requests as that is an invasion of privacy so no, they can not determine if you are going to their website or if you're watching Hulu on your iphone. #2 is the same thing, carriers do not know where you park, and I'm still not sure I know that the difference is between watching Hulu on your iphone vs on your laptop. I'm one who believes if you have unlimited data on your data plan, it shouldn't matter what you're using it for. Now if you hook up 4 or 5 devices that might be different, but I don't think carriers will be able to "legally" stop this.
    1. hadzo's Avatar
      hadzo -
      Elvis, while it is true that the carrier "COULD KNOW" where you go because http requests go through their servers, carriers can not monitor those requests as that is an invasion of privacy so no, they can not determine if you are going to their website or if you're watching Hulu on your iphone. #2 is the same thing, carriers do not know where you park, and I'm still not sure I know that the difference is between watching Hulu on your iphone vs on your laptop. I'm one who believes if you have unlimited data on your data plan, it shouldn't matter what you're using it for. Now if you hook up 4 or 5 devices that might be different, but I don't think carriers will be able to "legally" stop this.
      Actually At&T reserved them selves the right to be able to shut down your service if you visit what they consider inappropriate websites or websites that go against their policy. Although it is against the law to monitor your web activity it is not against the law to set up automatic flagging systems. For and example, they can filter and flag any user trying to reach "tether.com". Perfectly legal, a lot of today companies filter their network in same fashion. In their view they can state that the website allows tethering ability which goes against their policy. After that point who knows how them "evil" ba**** will get you.

      I think that the OP should make aware that this method could get your unlimited plan changed!

      On the same token, unlimited plans are now throttled after 3GB (I am one of those unhappy campers with that as well >) so even if you don't get caught after 3GB it will be like going on 56k modem. Not my cop of tea :/