iPhone tethering doesn't work

theslaz

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Dec 12, 2009
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Calgary; Alberta; Canada
I have a Iphone 4 and a MacBook Pro. I have turned on tethering on my Iphone and I have hooked it up to connect to my MacBrook Pro via USB. It will connect; but I do not have internet. Tried to see if I had internet on the phone whilst it was tethered, and I do. I have tried to make the connection via Blue Tooth and wireless, with negative results. Hooking my phone tethered up to my wife's MacBook Air; that works. I used this phone tethered to the same computer last year whilst on holidays and it worked as it should. What could be the problem preventing from getting internet?
 

ShiggyMiyamoto

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Mar 29, 2004
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Just outside Boston, MA.
I have a Iphone 4 and a MacBook Pro. I have turned on tethering on my Iphone and I have hooked it up to connect to my MacBrook Pro via USB. It will connect; but I do not have internet. Tried to see if I had internet on the phone whilst it was tethered, and I do. I have tried to make the connection via Blue Tooth and wireless, with negative results. Hooking my phone tethered up to my wife's MacBook Air; that works. I used this phone tethered to the same computer last year whilst on holidays and it worked as it should. What could be the problem preventing from getting internet?
The first question I had before totally finishing to read your post was "do you have a tethering plan tacked onto your regular wireless phone/cell plan?" and then I see you say that you tried tethering to your wife's MBA and it worked, so I assume you have such a carrier plan add-on.

Though unofficial and totally unsupported here on MR AFAIK, you can also jailbreak your iPhone 4 and use apps from the Cydia market place and tether that way....
 

theslaz

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Dec 12, 2009
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Calgary; Alberta; Canada
Still trying to get this Iphone 4 and tethering to work. Right now the phone shows "Personal Hotspot: 2 connections" and the MacBook Air that I have connected it to via USB shows "Status: Connected. Iphone usb has a self-assigned IP address and will not be able to connect to the Internet". I have also tried connecting via Bluetooth; with the same result.

Wondering if someone knows why this could be happening?
 

theslaz

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Dec 12, 2009
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Thanks for your reply. I actually did read that article and had tried everything it suggested. I tried again; and still not connecting. I tried trouble shooting with my Ipad and it did not work. I tried the Ipad on wife's MacBook Air and it worked. I again tried my Iphone on the wife's MacBook Air, and it worked. It just won't work on my Macbook Pro. The one thing that has changed is that it is now showing that the Iphone is connected and that it does have a IP address; where as before; it said that it had a self assigned IP address; but would not have a internet connection. It does not say that this time; but still no internet.
 

niteflyr

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Nov 29, 2011
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Strange.....I'd look into support from your cellphone provider. You're paying them for tethering. Or the Genius Bar if one is nearby.
 

theslaz

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Dec 12, 2009
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Calgary; Alberta; Canada
I'm getting tethering on my other devices; so, I'm assuming my provider wouldn't be able to help. I just may have to phone Apple Support and see what they can do.
Did a bunch of trouble shooting again this morning and still nothing!
 

simonsi

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Check to see your network location is still "automatic" and hasnt been changed to something else, if you are getting a proper ip address then usually it is only dns and gateway addresses that you need to get a connection.

All else fails set those up manually having got them from your phone or carrier faq web page.
 

theslaz

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Dec 12, 2009
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Calgary; Alberta; Canada
Yesterday in all my wisdom I decided that I would log into my MacBook Pro as a quest and try to tether to it in that mode. It didn't work. This morning I rebooted and signed in as usual ( administrator ). It worked. WTF!!!!

It is running; but is sluggish. Instead of instant loading of web pages; takes 4 or 5 seconds. No big deal!

Getting ready to go on holidays via a Rv and needed to get this work. If it works like this; I am satisfied.
 

simonsi

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Jan 3, 2014
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Whether you get "instant" loading of web pages will depend on the quality of your phones data connection.

Tethering is really to fix a mobility issue but it normally doesn't give broadband speeds although that is entirely dependant on the phone's data connection and technology.

As an aside you should have a separate administrator account on your machine with a different password, you can then use it to fix your main account if it is ever necessary. If you are daily logging in with the only admin-level account then with some issues you may not be able to fix them without an OS reload...
 

theslaz

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Original poster
Dec 12, 2009
354
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Calgary; Alberta; Canada
Whether you get "instant" loading of web pages will depend on the quality of your phones data connection.

Tethering is really to fix a mobility issue but it normally doesn't give broadband speeds although that is entirely dependant on the phone's data connection and technology.

As an aside you should have a separate administrator account on your machine with a different password, you can then use it to fix your main account if it is ever necessary. If you are daily logging in with the only admin-level account then with some issues you may not be able to fix them without an OS reload...
I understand what you are saying about the connection whilst tethering. Problem is; when I tether to my wife's MacBook Air; loading of web pages is instant. But like I said; I'm not going to worry about. Life is good!
 

NDPTAL85

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Jul 25, 2007
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Try Rebooting The Phone

Hello,

I sometimes have the same issue. Next time you want to tether, activate tethering and then reboot the iPhone.

Also it may be necessary to have each connecting device "forget" the network and re-enter the credentials to clear up the issue.

Hope this works.
 
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