10 Replies Latest reply: Sep 11, 2008 9:33 PM by Rogerhoe
pachyx Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
There are places where there is a wired ethernet connection available but no wireless available.

Is there a way to connect an iPhone to a wired ethernet network?

Thank you.

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.4)
  • Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (123,370 points)
    In a word, no.
  • PartisanEntity Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    I would assume that's where 3g comes in
  • rudiblu Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    This is where you would use Airport Express and your ethernet cable.
    Plug into the wall and you have your own wireless. You can make it invisible as well.
  • pachyx Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
    I should have been more clear.
    I have an original 8 gig iPhone.

    I am referring to either of two situations:

    1. where there is no wifi and no phone signal or
    2. where there is no wifi, and there is a phone signal but I do not want to use my phone minutes.

    As for the Airport Express - a fine idea - sure beats carrying my Time Capsule or Airport Extreme Base Station around with me.

    And I assume that an Airport Express will work with a non-Apple network?

    Thank you.
  • Paul Judd Level 6 Level 6 (13,420 points)
    pachyx wrote:
    2. where there is no wifi, and there is a phone signal but I do not want to use my phone minutes.


    Assuming you are in the US, your data should be unlimited.
  • Ansuz82 Level 6 Level 6 (8,265 points)
    pachyx wrote:
    And I assume that an Airport Express will work with a non-Apple network?


    Yes.
  • rudiblu Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    All of the hotels I stay in are non-Apple networks.
    I plug my ethernet cable into the wall, into the Airport Express and plug into the wall socket.
    It takes a few minutes for it all to connect but usually works just fine.
  • Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (123,370 points)
    There are no Apple networks for internet access.

    Apple was an ISP for a short while a long time ago with a service called eWorld.

    Other than that, you will always be connecting an Apple wireless router to non-Apple networks for Internet access. If you are using an Apple wireless router at home now, it is connected to your ISP's network. Using an AE at a hotel is no different except for likely being connected to a different ISP's network.
  • pachyx Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
    Thank everyone for their help.

    As I mentioned before, sometimes clarity is missing.

    I realize that there are no "Apple Networks". What I should have asked was "Will an Airport Extreme when connected to a non-Apple modem/router provide a wireless signal that can be used by my iPhone" - and my MacBook Pro, and my ...

    There are literally hundreds of posts both here and on other Apple Discussion boards that warn/advise against using a Cisco/Linksys/Belkin/Buffalo/whatever product in the network chain (wired or wireless) with Apple products.

    I am not attempting to say whether these concerns/difficulties are valid or due to a lack of experience. I am just asking, and appreciative of the response that "YES" an Airport Extreme connected via a CAT 5 cable to an old Linksys switch will work.

    As someone who has suffered/struggled for years with network problems I understand the pain.


    And for those of you old enough to remember --

    Thankfully I did not ask "Can I connect my Iphone to the Orange Micro SCSI card on my Motorola Starmax 5000"

    Thanks again to all who helped.

    I've ordered an Apple Extreme and will have it surgically implanted in my excessive adipose tissue with a tattoo reminding everyone that before I have an MRI, and take off my watch and my wedding ring, that maybe someone on the medical staff should take a look at their WiFi reception.
  • Rogerhoe Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    Hi rudiblu,
    I have been connecting my iphone via my MB airport but couldn't figure out how to make airport invisible. Could you pls describe the steps to make my airport invisible. Thanks.
    Roger