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Tethering Android

Link to this post 16 Dec 10

I found this link when I was surfing. It describes the setup for tethering in pretty good detail, especially for those using Debian or Fedora based distros.
http://www.humans-enabled.com/2009/12/how-to-tether-your-verizon-droid-as.html
Even though it is written for the Verizon Droid, it looks as though it will work with other carriers. The only differences I've found, in the past, were the address and password.

BTW - I'd be interested in hearing any other methods also. Maybe there's a more secure way, or, a faster way. Just Asking.

Link to this post 16 Dec 10

On my nexus one I only had to do the following in slackware:

1. Load the usbnet module with the modprobe command
2. Plug the phone into the computer
3. start the tethering mode on the phone
4. run the appropriate ifconfig and dhcpcd commands to bring the usb0 interface up and request an ip address

I have also replaced step 4 with using wicd to treat usb0 as a local net adapter

Link to this post 17 Dec 10

Now that's interesting. At one one I do recall seeing a post on a Fedora IRC channel that said "All I did was plug it in and NetworkManager did the rest".

Time for experiments.

Link to this post 17 Dec 10

That is correct also, with my system the usbnet module is not installed (custom kernel) so I have to enable it myself, which allows this to be more informative for other users.

On most "user friendly" distros where the kernel includes the kitchen sink it will be plug and play, except for the fact that you must tell your network manager application to use the usb0 adapter.

Link to this post 18 Dec 10

I'm too lazy :-)
I'm just using tethering with nexus wireless card, if you enable wireless tethering you only need to connect to your phone in the same way you connect to an Access Point. No drivers, nothing... and platform independent (tried with a mac as well)

Link to this post 18 Dec 10

Since Froyo 2.2, I think Verizon monitors if your using the phone as a wireless access point and asks if you'd like to add the service to your contract. This is from some threads on the forums I have read. That, and the fact that tethering through wifi is slower than wired, means I'll continue on the wired route. I got halfway through the azilink setup in the original link I posted. The computer now sees the phone, and I'm experimenting to see if NetworkManager can actually help with the setup. So far no luck. I'll go the rest of the way with OpenVPN if I run out of ideas.
I looked at the other alternatives and found Proxoid too involved. The need to reset proxies on the fly when it is needed is too much work. PDANet is $30.00 and not Open Source. So, short of a rooting solution, I'm trying Azilink. All that would be required would be to set the usb to ""usb to pc" and set usb debugging on each time I need it.

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