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How to Setup PDAnet and Tether Data on your iPhone 3G

First there was NetShare. Then we had iPhoneModem. Well now there is a new tethering kid on the block: PDAnet. This app has been available for a while for other mobile devices, but just recently an iPhone version was released on Cydia. Essentially, PDAnet will turn your iPhone 3G into a wireless router–allowing you to surf the web on your PC or any other device that requires WiFi! Hmm…I think we may have a found a way to use up some more data;)

June Fabrics Technology is the company behind PDAnet. Obviously, their app was not able to meet the requirements of the App Store so they ended up going the Cydia route. PDAnet is the easiest method to tether your data plan on your iPhone 3G. Let’s take a look on how to setup PDAnet for your iPhone!

How to Configure and Install PDAnet on your Laptop (Windows XP/Vista/Mac OSX)

Here are the steps I followed to configure my Windows XP notebook to work with PDAnet.

1. Create an ad-hoc network on your computer.

Go to Control Panel–>Network Connections–>right click on Wireless Network Connection–>go to Properties–>click on the Wireless Networks tab at the top–>under preferred networks click ADD–>name the SSID “iPhoneNet” (or any other name)–>disable WEP or type in a key–>click OK, close the settings.

2. Grab your iPhone. Go to Settings–>WiFi (you should see “iPhoneNet” in your list)–>connect to iPhoneNet–>You iPhone should connect to iPhoneNet. Still with me?

3. Click the home button, and then launch PDAnet (download via Cydia) on your iPhone. Ensure WiFi Router option is ON.

4. Go back to your PC and view your wireless networks. Connect to the network iPhoneNet and once connected, you should be surfing the web using your iPhone’s data plan (PDAnet will do the rest)! As you can see in the image above, PDAnet shows you the data being sent/received. I managed to visit Speakeasy.net to complete a speedtest and here are my results:

I would say these speeds are pretty darn good on 3G considering my internet at home is just under 5mbps down and 500kbps up.

Here are instructions for configuring Vista and Mac OSX from the PDAnet website:

On Mac,

  1. Click on the Airport icon at the top of the screen.
  2. Select Create Network, give it a name such as “iPhoneNet”.
  3. Now on your iPhone go to Settings->WiFi and “iPhoneNet” should show up in the list. Tap on it and your computer should go online.

On Vista,

  1. Right click on the network tray icon at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Select “Connect to a network”, then “Set up a connection or network”.
  3. Select “Set up a wireless ad hoc network and “Next”, then enter a Network name such as “iPhoneNet”. Also check “Save this network”.

Notes:
-Tethering on Rogers with their data plan is allowed according to this CBC article:

Unlike other cellphone carriers, Rogers is allowing customers to “tether” their smartphones, or connect them to a computer and use them as a modem.

If you have some solid information, please share it with the rest of us. The Rogers website does not have any concrete information on tethering.

PDAnet’s connection is run through a proxy so that should mask you from Rogers. However, if Rogers does indeed find out and bill you $1,000,000 for excess data usage, we are not responsible!

-PDAnet will use A LOT of battery, so make sure you have your iPhone plugged in (or get a Richard Solo battery back up). Some users have reported that even plugged in, PDAnet will eat lots of battery regardless.

I’d love to hear how PDAnet has worked out for you! Let us know in the comments!

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  • Nitar

    I think you mean 5mbps down ad 500kbps up :)

  • Nitar

    I think you mean 5mbps down ad 500kbps up :)

  • teddyx

    Hey I have been using PDAnet since i first saw it last week..i set it up on my laptop and honestly even though the first few times i used it were on the edge network it was still pretty fast and i managed to end up using 50mb’s in about 10min.. watched a few youtube videos and such just to check out the speed. My battery while i was doing that went down from 3/4 to just over a half in that little time..so definatly a battery eater. PDAnet is very easy to use and setup..you only have to create an ad-hoc (peer to peer) wireless network and connect to it with your iphone under settings, and PDAnet does the rest.

  • teddyx

    Hey I have been using PDAnet since i first saw it last week..i set it up on my laptop and honestly even though the first few times i used it were on the edge network it was still pretty fast and i managed to end up using 50mb’s in about 10min.. watched a few youtube videos and such just to check out the speed. My battery while i was doing that went down from 3/4 to just over a half in that little time..so definatly a battery eater. PDAnet is very easy to use and setup..you only have to create an ad-hoc (peer to peer) wireless network and connect to it with your iphone under settings, and PDAnet does the rest.

  • teddyx

    Hey I have been using PDAnet since i first saw it last week..i set it up on my laptop and honestly even though the first few times i used it were on the edge network it was still pretty fast and i managed to end up using 50mb’s in about 10min.. watched a few youtube videos and such just to check out the speed. My battery while i was doing that went down from 3/4 to just over a half in that little time..so definatly a battery eater. PDAnet is very easy to use and setup..you only have to create an ad-hoc (peer to peer) wireless network and connect to it with your iphone under settings, and PDAnet does the rest.

  • Michael S.

    When I subscrbed to Rogers for the 6GB/$30 in August, I asked the CSR from the Customer Relations department about tethering and he read from his computer something along this line: “Tethering is permitted by the network and supported on the iPhone”. Now, I don’t understand why there is no tethering application in the Canadian AppStore.

  • Michael S.

    When I subscrbed to Rogers for the 6GB/$30 in August, I asked the CSR from the Customer Relations department about tethering and he read from his computer something along this line: “Tethering is permitted by the network and supported on the iPhone”. Now, I don’t understand why there is no tethering application in the Canadian AppStore.

  • Michael S.

    When I subscrbed to Rogers for the 6GB/$30 in August, I asked the CSR from the Customer Relations department about tethering and he read from his computer something along this line: “Tethering is permitted by the network and supported on the iPhone”. Now, I don’t understand why there is no tethering application in the Canadian AppStore.

  • will

    is rogers able to detect this?

  • will

    is rogers able to detect this?

  • will

    is rogers able to detect this?

  • T

    can someone please clear out the grey fog around rogers teathering….
    if it’s possable I’m sure I’m not the only one that would prefer to use
    there phone only …for everything.
    now i was out right told in store that tethering was a no no.

  • T

    can someone please clear out the grey fog around rogers teathering….
    if it’s possable I’m sure I’m not the only one that would prefer to use
    there phone only …for everything.
    now i was out right told in store that tethering was a no no.

  • T

    can someone please clear out the grey fog around rogers teathering….
    if it’s possable I’m sure I’m not the only one that would prefer to use
    there phone only …for everything.
    now i was out right told in store that tethering was a no no.

  • T

    will-
    they can tell how much and when you’ve used up data…I can confirm that.

  • T

    will-
    they can tell how much and when you’ve used up data…I can confirm that.

  • T

    will-
    they can tell how much and when you’ve used up data…I can confirm that.

  • Julien Mauger-Dumais

    Hi ! I can CONFIRM THAT ROGERS IS ALLOWING THETERING on ANY plan. I’m working for Rogers and I confirm THEY ALLOW.

  • Julien Mauger-Dumais

    Hi ! I can CONFIRM THAT ROGERS IS ALLOWING THETERING on ANY plan. I’m working for Rogers and I confirm THEY ALLOW.

  • Julien Mauger-Dumais

    Hi ! I can CONFIRM THAT ROGERS IS ALLOWING THETERING on ANY plan. I’m working for Rogers and I confirm THEY ALLOW.

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    haha, what can I say? I’m trigger happy!

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    haha, what can I say? I’m trigger happy!

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca iPhone Fan

    haha, what can I say? I’m trigger happy!

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    Whoops, corrected. It was late. ;)

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca iPhone Fan

    Whoops, corrected. It was late. ;)

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    Thanks. I’d love to see it in writing though!

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    Thanks. I’d love to see it in writing though!

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca iPhone Fan

    Thanks. I’d love to see it in writing though!

  • T

    I’m a hair away from canceling out my 6gig plan tomorrow morning in favor
    of 10mg/sec home wifi…. can you provide rogers written confirmation as two employees have told me it is not allowed. (takes away from the “portable internet”
    highspeed at $49. per month ) http://www.rogers.com/web/Rogers.portal?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=INTER_LANDING&cm_re=home-_-badge-_-Internet

  • T

    I’m a hair away from canceling out my 6gig plan tomorrow morning in favor
    of 10mg/sec home wifi…. can you provide rogers written confirmation as two employees have told me it is not allowed. (takes away from the “portable internet”
    highspeed at $49. per month ) http://www.rogers.com/web/Rogers.portal?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=INTER_LANDING&cm_re=home-_-badge-_-Internet

  • T

    I’m a hair away from canceling out my 6gig plan tomorrow morning in favor
    of 10mg/sec home wifi…. can you provide rogers written confirmation as two employees have told me it is not allowed. (takes away from the “portable internet”
    highspeed at $49. per month ) http://www.rogers.com/web/Rogers.portal?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=INTER_LANDING&cm_re=home-_-badge-_-Internet

  • T

    also-being you work for rogers- how secure is it to tether? Secure enough a person can go about on-line banking or ebay transactions?
    thanks,
    T

  • T

    also-being you work for rogers- how secure is it to tether? Secure enough a person can go about on-line banking or ebay transactions?
    thanks,
    T

  • Guest

    Thanks for the tutorial.

  • Guest

    Thanks for the tutorial.

  • Dusty

    Thanks for the tutorial.

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    You can setup WEP on your ad hoc setup, so it should be very secure.

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    You can setup WEP on your ad hoc setup, so it should be very secure.

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca iPhone Fan

    You can setup WEP on your ad hoc setup, so it should be very secure.

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    Well, not SUPER secure but better than nothing.

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca Gary

    Well, not SUPER secure but better than nothing.

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca iPhone Fan

    Well, not SUPER secure but better than nothing.

  • nancy

    My husband and I both have iPhones.
    I am using the 2G one while he has the 3G with a data plan.
    Is it possible for me to set up this tethering on my 2G phone to use his data?

  • nancy

    My husband and I both have iPhones.
    I am using the 2G one while he has the 3G with a data plan.
    Is it possible for me to set up this tethering on my 2G phone to use his data?

  • nancy

    My husband and I both have iPhones.
    I am using the 2G one while he has the 3G with a data plan.
    Is it possible for me to set up this tethering on my 2G phone to use his data?

  • iphone 2g

    best thing ever! even though i use iphone 2g and edge this works great! really easy to use!

  • iphone 2g

    best thing ever! even though i use iphone 2g and edge this works great! really easy to use!

  • iphone 2g

    best thing ever! even though i use iphone 2g and edge this works great! really easy to use!

  • generalinq

    anyone get wep/wpa to work with this?

  • generalinq

    anyone get wep/wpa to work with this?

  • generalinq

    anyone get wep/wpa to work with this?

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  • miguel gutierrez

    tankyouuu its working¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡

  • Alex

    Do the Sent and Received count as total Gigabytes used? Is that how it works towards the 6GB unlimited we have?

  • Alex

    Do the Sent and Received count as total Gigabytes used? Is that how it works towards the 6GB unlimited we have?

  • Jr

    Works. signal was weak though, anyway to configure?

  • Jr

    Works. signal was weak though, anyway to configure?

  • Jr

    Works. signal was weak though, anyway to configure?

  • Shameka

    Help my iphone keeps saying unable to join my created adhoc, help please?

  • Shameka

    Help my iphone keeps saying unable to join my created adhoc, help please?

  • Shameka

    Help my iphone keeps saying unable to join my created adhoc, help please?

  • skyedream

    i heard AT&T isn't supporting the tethering… would this app make possible for AT&T users??

  • rargence

    I don't see the network that I created on my wifi list on my iphone, any suggestions?

  • rargence

    I don't see the network that I created on my wifi list on my iphone, any suggestions?

  • Test1

    Just did on win7, it worked like a charm! thanks.