Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 20
  1. #1
    5 Star Lounger
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Seattle, WA
    Posts
    1,070
    Thanks
    42
    Thanked 132 Times in 86 Posts

    Use your smartphone to take Windows online




    TOP STORY

    Use your smartphone to take Windows online


    By Fred Langa

    Getting your PC online can be a challenge when there's no Wi-Fi, cable, or other standard network immediately available. But with cell service and a compatible phone, free or low-cost tethering software can connect Windows to the Web with no added charges to your phone's data plan.

    The full text of this column is posted at windowssecrets.com/top-story/use-your-smartphone-to-take-windows-online (paid content, opens in a new window/tab).

    Columnists typically cannot reply to comments here, but do incorporate the best tips into future columns.

  2. #2
    New Lounger
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Location
    Sydney, Australia
    Posts
    1
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Other options to physical tethering

    I understand the article was specifically about physical tethering, however this requires a cable and an app. Android devices come standard with the ability to utilise the device's data plan via a Portable Wi-Fi hotspot (which also enables sharing of the connection) and Bluetooth tethering (single private connection). I have used both the above methods with great success and to prove the point, I am using my Bluetooth tethering right now!

  3. #3
    New Lounger
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Canberra
    Posts
    17
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    There's a Portable Wifi Hotspot option available for Windows Phone also. Works like a treat and has saved my bacon during DSL outages in the office. I think only Apple's iPhone requires the physical cable connection to do this.

  4. #4
    Super Moderator CLiNT's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    California & Arizona
    Posts
    6,121
    Thanks
    160
    Thanked 609 Times in 557 Posts
    The smartphone tethering option is becoming more and more popular these days, especially for those who
    travel for their living and use RV parks to live in. Most of the time the wifi in these places are weak and
    cellular access will often give better speeds and reliability. Prices for this have usually been high, but they
    are now starting to become more reasonable.
    DRIVE IMAGING
    Invest a little time and energy in a well thought out BACKUP regimen and you will have minimal down time, and headache.

    Build your own system; get everything you want and nothing you don't.
    Latest Build:
    ASUS X99 Deluxe, Core i7-5960X, Corsair Hydro H100i, Plextor M6e 256GB M.2 SSD, Corsair DOMINATOR Platinum 32GB DDR4@2666, W8.1 64 bit,
    EVGA GTX980, Seasonic PLATINUM-1000W PSU, MountainMods U2-UFO Case, and 7 other internal drives.

  5. #5
    New Lounger
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Posts
    1
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    As a quick web search [will reveal,

    [Q] "What if I have an...unlimited data plan? Can I download an app and avoid the [xxx] tethering fee too?"

    [A] Either your company has blocked tethering entirely or "[u]nfortunately, the answer to this question is no...customers under the unlimited plan are required by the company's terms of service to pay an additional fee to tether their device."

  6. #6
    New Lounger
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Posts
    1
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    I use PDANet+ on my android phone.

    It creates a Wifi hotspot using my phone's wifi. I haven't tested speeds, but I can't imagine I would gain a whole lot using USB tethering. I can set it up password protected or open. From my computer, it looks just like any other wifi broadcast.

    What's nice is this is a free app (I think the free version has some volume limitations, the paid version does not), doesn't require any kind of modification or payment to my provider plan. It takes about 45 seconds to set up on the phone.

    Seems like a no brainer to me!

  7. #7
    New Lounger websquad's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Kentucky
    Posts
    18
    Thanks
    2
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    I have a Motorola Droid 4 (Andriod-based) device with an unlimited data plan and now pay Verizon $30/month for tethering (Yikes!). Somewhere along the way I got the impression that anything other than the Verizon-furnished tethering plan was counter to my agreement for services with Verizon. Is that still the case? Any first hand experience?

    I get the impression that Verizon is trying to move those of us who have grandfathered unlimited data plans to more restrictive data plans, and I don't want to jeopardize my relationship with them.

  8. #8
    New Lounger
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Deming, WA, USA
    Posts
    2
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    PLease be aware that JellyBean on Verizon breaks Easy Tether USB tethering..... you can still use bluetooth (used from phone to Nexus 7) but USB tethering is broken.

  9. #9
    New Lounger
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Posts
    1
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    I have a Google/LG Nexus 4 phone and this webpage https://support.google.com/nexus/4/a...12516?hl=en-CA describes how to use the phone for tethering. So, why complicate things with Easy Tether when Android already solves the problem??

  10. #10
    New Lounger
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Posts
    4
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Thanks for the article. I tried Easy Tether and it worked great both on my Windows 7 laptop and Android Tablet. Suggestion: You might want to tell people that you need to get EasyTether for a Tablet in order to get the tablet to work with the app that goes on your smartphone. The tablet version uses Bluetooth only. It is probably a good idea to turn off USB tethering from within Easy Tethering and turn on Bluetooth tethering when using a tablet.

  11. #11
    New Lounger
    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Posts
    9
    Thanks
    1
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Wow, the timing of Fred's article is amazing. Because of some new options my employer is providing, I am looking to invest in a smartphone for the first time. I visited the friendly folks at Best Buy a few weeks ago, and one of their helpful cellphone reps, who appeared to be very knowledgeable, suggested that using a smartphone's wi-fi to tether will degrade the phone's longetivity. She wasn't talking about the battery but, rather, that the phone itself will wear out sooner. That surprised me, but given that the phones are already relatively (for me) expensive, I would not want to have to replace it before the two-year contract expires. Does anyone here have any insight on that point? (She advised that, instead of using the phone's wi-fi to provide the hotspot, I should buy the Jetpack device and pay Verizon the extra monthly fee to use it, but that was more than I wanted to spend.)

  12. #12
    New Lounger
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Posts
    2
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
    dbale -

    Go someplace other than that store. That person was just trying to sell you stuff you do not need -- an additional box with an additional bill. Using tethering will not wear out your phone sooner. There might be other reasons for a separate device, such as being able to let someone else in your family take it someplace you (and your phone) won't be. But wearing out the phone sooner? What malarkey!

    Have fun: Ask the salesman for PROOF of their claim: A scientic study, a document from the phone MANUFACTURER (not the cellular provider), preferrably more than one. Watch them stammer and weasel. Then tell them you don't do business with liars or incompetents and walk out.

  13. The Following User Says Thank You to BillDavis For This Useful Post:

    dbale (2013-05-17)

  14. #13
    New Lounger
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Posts
    2
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post

    Tether.com

    It's not a physical tether solution, but if you have an iPhone (or maybe iPad too, not sure), www.tether.com is an option. Or, of course, paying for the tethering service from your cell phone provider.

    An iPad would be nicer to use for this, as they have a MUCH bigger battery than a phone!

    [UPDATE: Tether.com also support Blackberry and Android]
    Last edited by BillDavis; 2013-05-16 at 17:48. Reason: Additional info

  15. #14
    New Lounger
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Posts
    1
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    I'm a new member of the Lounge, but I go "way back" to the early '90's subscribing to Langalist. Think I was using AOL back then.

    Anyway, in regards to this column. Fred I've had a cell modem for the laptop for 8 or 9 years with ATT being the carrier. If my cellphone can connect, so will the cell modem. The price has remained the same for all these years, and, when it's time, I get a free modem upgrade, same as with the 'Droid smart phone. And "No Batteries Required."

    Just wanted to point out another alternative.

  16. #15
    WS Lounge VIP mrjimphelps's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    3,401
    Thanks
    447
    Thanked 404 Times in 376 Posts
    Quote Originally Posted by Graphic View Post
    There's a Portable Wifi Hotspot option available for Windows Phone also. Works like a treat and has saved my bacon during DSL outages in the office. I think only Apple's iPhone requires the physical cable connection to do this.
    Apple iPhone provides a wireless hotspot.

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •