11 Replies Latest reply: Feb 7, 2010 10:51 AM by midtoad@shaw.ca
AceNeerav Level 1 Level 1 (95 points)
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
  • 1. Re: Is this kind of tethering possible?
    neuroanatomist Level 7 Level 7 (31,690 points)
    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.
  • 2. Re: Is this kind of tethering possible?
    AceNeerav Level 1 Level 1 (95 points)
    Omm here's the deal...

    I'll tether mu iPhone with my MacBook and then share my intenet connect over wifi. Now, creating a netowrk over my MacBook would certainly help but what if I make my MacBook connect to the router and thus make it availabe to all users? Will that work? Do I need to do some setting in my router?

    Neerav
  • 3. Re: Is this kind of tethering possible?
    neuroanatomist Level 7 Level 7 (31,690 points)
    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.
  • 4. Re: Is this kind of tethering possible?
    AceNeerav Level 1 Level 1 (95 points)
    how about putting the router in access point mode and starting a wifi network from my macbook and then sharing it on wifi? the router can than connect to my macbook and enjoy the internet from it.

    Neerav
  • 5. Re: Is this kind of tethering possible?
    AceNeerav Level 1 Level 1 (95 points)
    ?
  • 6. Re: Is this kind of tethering possible?
    Merak Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    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?
  • 7. Re: Is this kind of tethering possible?
    AceNeerav Level 1 Level 1 (95 points)
    What I want to do is share my iPhone's 3G connection over my wifi network.

    Neerav
  • 8. Re: Is this kind of tethering possible?
    AceNeerav Level 1 Level 1 (95 points)
    ?
  • 9. Re: Is this kind of tethering possible?
    Malcolm Rayfield Level 7 Level 7 (28,070 points)
    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.)
  • 10. Re: Is this kind of tethering possible?
    Ziatron Level 4 Level 4 (3,265 points)
    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
  • 11. Re: Is this kind of tethering possible?
    midtoad@shaw.ca Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
    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!