Link to OS project to "tether" iPhone?
July 8, 2010 8:23 AM   Subscribe

I recall seeing an open-source project for the iPhone which allowed you to share your iPhone's internet connection with a computer, i.e. "tether". It's not as easy as, um, "proper" iPhone tethering. Also, you must a paid-up iPhone Developer to compile and install it to your phone. But otherwise, yay. But I can't find it anymore. Believe me, I have googled. Ring a bell for anyone?
posted by diffengr to Computers & Internet (11 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Hmm... not open source (I don't think) but one of the big apps for tethering is PDANet.
posted by inigo2 at 8:27 AM on July 8, 2010

You can tether your iPhone if you jailbreak it. The method in which to do this will vary depending on your version of the iPhone and it's OS.
posted by nitsuj at 8:27 AM on July 8, 2010

Nope, this was not dependent on jailbreak.
posted by diffengr at 8:38 AM on July 8, 2010

Probably iProxy
posted by neustile at 8:43 AM on July 8, 2010 [1 favorite]

Sounds like iProxy
posted by bottlebrushtree at 8:43 AM on July 8, 2010

I believe AT&T's new data plans allow you to tether for a monthly fee of $25(?). You can also tether with a jail-broken phone using an app called MyWi, which has a 1-week free demo and then costs $10 for a permanent license. I have MyWi on my iPhone 3G and it does a pretty good job--it mimics a wireless router so it's easy to connect to and the speed you get isn't bad either (a little slower than cable). But I think it only allows one connection at a time, it makes my phone run pretty hot and also uses up lots of battery. (It was stop-gap for when I moved and didn't have cable for a few days, so I haven't used it much beyond that.)
posted by theNeutral at 8:44 AM on July 8, 2010

It was possible to install the tethering profile on unlocked iPhones up through iOS 3.1.2--the profile is basically a tiny configuration file; some people figured out what an AT&T tethering profile would look like if it existed, and created that. It worked exactly the same as official tethering would work.

This was never worked out for iOS 3.1.3; it may get worked out for iOS 4. I believe that if you're running 3.1.2 and surf over to on your phone, you can install the profile directly; it would also be installed as part of some unlock processes.
posted by adamrice at 8:44 AM on July 8, 2010

Sorry -- I missed the "OS" part of that...
posted by theNeutral at 8:45 AM on July 8, 2010

The PDANet link (first post!) gave me the magic words: socks proxy. That led me to the previously elusive iphone-socks-proxy. Had not seen iProxy ("Double prizes! Let's go home and play.") One of those seems like it should work.

Awesome work gang. AskMeFi comes through again.
posted by diffengr at 9:03 AM on July 8, 2010 [1 favorite]

FWIW, I wouldn't know anything about the pre-3.1.3, no-jailbreak ipcc tether hack (*ahem* awesome *ahem*). For now it won't work on an iPhone 4.
posted by diffengr at 9:11 AM on July 8, 2010

The IPCC hack is really the way to go for true tethering. Try visiting on your iphone.
posted by koudelka at 9:26 AM on July 8, 2010 [1 favorite]

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