How to use iPhone as a wireless Internet modem

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Have you thought about you can use your iPhone as a wireless modem, so that your laptop or desktop can connect to Internet through your iPhone? Well, now you can with PDANet. Apple has not approved this application on their Apple store, so you can only get it on a Jailbreak iPhone.

iPhoneDownloadBlog put together a very nice instruction on how to do this. Here is the copy:


PDAnet is actually not new as it has been one of the most popular software for Windows Mobile phones and Palm OS phones. It is now ported to the iPhone! The 1.2 version turns your iPhone into a true WiFi router for your computer (MAC or PC), and allows your laptop to go online wirelessly through the 3G network on the iPhone.

What are the benefit of usint PDAnet to tether your iPhone?

* full Internet access at 3G speed (if available) on your laptop
* easy setup
* works with Windows, Mac, and Linux
* ability to use other applications while using PADnet

How to set up PDAnet?

This is a PDAnet tutorial for Windows XP. I assume steps are very simmilar on Vista. I don’t have a Mac so I can’t help you set up PDAnet on a Mac. I also posted a quick video on YouTube. The video + this tutorial should help you install PDAnet without any issue.

First, you need to create an ad-hoc network.

1. Go to Control Panel >Network Connections
2. Right click on “Wireless Network Connection” and select “Properties”
3. Select the “Wireless Networks” tab
4. Click “Add”
5. Give a name to your network in the SSID box, ie. “iPhone”
6. For security purposes, uncheck the box that says “The key is provided for me automatically”
7. Enter a “Network Key” and confirm it (this will make sure no one gets on your network)
8. Check “This is a computer-to-computer (ad-hoc) network; wire less access points are not used”
9. Click “OK”
10. On your iPhone, go to Settings > WiFi and your newly create network should show up, unless your computer is already connected to a router. Select your network and enter the WEP key if you set it up
11. On your PC, go to “View Wireless Networks”
12. Select the network you created
13. Now it should just try to establish the connection but not connect; it’s ok
14. On your iPhone, open PDAnet
15. Turn WiFi router ON
16. That’s it!




PDAnet will drain your battery like crazy so you may want to plug it to your computer to charge the battery. When you’re done using it, don’t forget to turn it off…

Things You'll Need

Your iPhone, your computer or laptop with WiFi

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