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04-04-2010, 03:51 PM
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What the hell is tethering?

I know it has to do with sharing connectivity, but no sites have a real definitive answer. So, I have two questions. What the hell is it and how do you use it?

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I always thought tethering was when you ran your desktop/laptop internet through your cell phone, using it as a modem.

I may be way off though.

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I always thought tethering was when you ran your desktop/laptop internet through your cell phone, using it as a modem.

I may be way off though.
Other way around. Cell to pc or laptop through 3g network

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Other way around. Cell to pc or laptop through 3g network
I think that's what he meant, but just worded it a little off.

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so...say you have a smartphone on an unlimited data plan, could you hook it up to a laptop, providing 3g access, just through tethering, without buying another plan? Can it be wireless or do you have to hook it up?

Would this make buying a smartphone plan and a 3g wireless card for your computer redundant?

That's ****ing cool. Can't believe I never knew that.

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so...say you have a smartphone on an unlimited data plan, could you hook it up to a laptop, providing 3g access, just through tethering, without buying another plan? Can it be wireless or do you have to hook it up?

Would this make buying a smartphone plan and a 3g wireless card for your computer redundant?

That's ****ing cool. Can't believe I never knew that.
Depends on the phone/computer. I know with the iPhone you could either connect through bluetooth or hook it up with the USB cable.

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Depends on the phone/computer. I know with the iPhone you could either connect through bluetooth or hook it up with the USB cable.
Yep. Of course both your phone and computer would need bluetooth for the first one. Additionally, some phones like the Palm Pre Plus can form a wireless hotspot with their 3G connection so you just use your laptop's wireless for that.

OP is right about the sillyness of having both a cell phone and laptop wireless plan, for personal use, but you should be careful about not exceeding the download limit. It's more difficult on a phone, but I bet you could rack up 6GB or whatever in a month on a laptop easy breezy.

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I tether all the time. I go through about 5GB a month.

Be careful though. Most wireless providers arent too happy if they find out you are doing it. I know I could have my service cancelled.

I do it via USB cable, but I can also do it with Bluetooth.

Using a Nexus One. Previously used a Dream. Use PDANet.

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