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Is this kind of tethering possible?

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AceNeerav Level 1 Level 1 (80 points)
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Dec 10, 2009 1:11 AM
I have a wifi base station at home and I would like all computers connecting to it use my iPhones 3G/Edge internet. My iPhone is also connected to the wifi base station.

To summarize: iPhone connected to internet using edge or 3g. Iphone also connects to base station using wifi. Other computers use iPhones internet.

Neerav
MacBook5,1, Mac OS X (10.6.2), iPhone OS 3.1.2
  • neuroanatomist Level 7 Level 7 (31,685 points)
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    Dec 10, 2009 4:04 AM (in response to AceNeerav)
    No. The iPhone can be used to tether a computer via USB/Bluetooth, but not a wireless base station (they don't have Bluetooth, and even if they have a USB connection, there's nothing to manage that connection). You might be able to tether a computer, then share that computer's internet connection via an ad hoc wireless network. Search your computer's help files for instructions on creating a local wi-fi network.
    17" CD MBP, iPhone 3G, iPodTouch, Mac OS X (10.6.2),  since the ][e
  • neuroanatomist Level 7 Level 7 (31,685 points)
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    Dec 10, 2009 5:40 AM (in response to AceNeerav)
    I doubt that would work - you'd have to have the other computers connect to your MacBook's computer-to-computer network because the router won't 'distribute' the connection. One other possibility - instead of sharing your tethered internet connection via Wi-Fi, perhaps share it over Ethernet and connect an ethernet cable from your MacBook to the wireless router. In that case, the router would be able to use that as a source for it's network connection.
    17" CD MBP, iPhone 3G, iPodTouch, Mac OS X (10.6.2),  since the ][e
  • Merak Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Dec 13, 2009 7:46 AM (in response to AceNeerav)
    I wanted to do something similar: use the iphone connected to my wi-fi lan as a wireless adapter over usb for other macs (old) without a wireless/airport card.
    Do u want to do the same thing?
    MacBook Pro 4,1 PowerMac dual 1.8ghz, Mac OS X (10.6)
  • Malcolm Rayfield Level 7 Level 7 (28,070 points)
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    Jan 4, 2010 6:09 PM (in response to AceNeerav)
    Connect the iPhone to one of the computers via USB and use tethering to connect that computer to the internet. In the "Sharing" system preference:
    Select "Internet Sharing" (Don't check it yet.)
    Set "Share your connection from" to "iPhone USB"
    In "To computers using check "Ethernet"
    Connect your AirPort base station to the computer's ethernet port.
    Check "Internet Sharing"

    (You could do it without the AirPort base station by having it share to "AirPort" but it will be restricted to WEP, which isn't very secure.)
    Mac Pro (Early 2008), Mac OS X (10.6.2), iPhone 3GS 3.1.2
  • Ziatron Level 4 Level 4 (3,255 points)
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    Jan 4, 2010 7:20 PM (in response to AceNeerav)
    Tethering is really meant for mobile applications. You will find it to be too slow to replace options that you have at a fixed location. Also, anything wired is more secure and safer than something that is not wired.

    In short, never use tethering unless it is "the only way".

    More on this from Apples web site:

    http://www.apple.com/iphone/iphone-3gs/tethering.html
  • midtoad@shaw.ca Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
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    Feb 7, 2010 10:51 AM (in response to Malcolm Rayfield)
    Hey, thanks for the tip. The key point for me, from reading your instruction on how to share a phone's USB tether with other computers, was that you need to use an Airport Express connected to the Mac via ethernet. I've previously tried simply sharing from the Mac's Airport directly, and it hasn't worked for me.

    In setting up the Airport, I told it to get its address by DHCP, and I did not specify a router address.

    Now my iMac, connected to internet via a tether to my Android phone, using PDANetMac application, is sharing its internet connection out through an Airport Express to a an iPod Touch and an Archos 5 Internet Tablet. Sure, it's slow, but it's better than nothing!
    MacBookPro 13", original Macintosh, Touch 8GB, Mac OS X (10.6.2), Also: Ubuntu, WinXP, Android, ChromeOS in Parallels 5

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