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.