Share iPhone's WiFi with internet-less PC

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by thefil, Dec 18, 2009.

  1. thefil macrumors newbie

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    Hopefully you guys can help me.

    My laptop is currently broken so I'm taking my desktop home for the holidays. It doesn't have a WiFi card or a USB adapter (nor can I afford one at the moment), and there's no way I can run an ethernet cable as far as I'd need to.

    Is there a way I can connect my iPhone to WiFi, then share that internet to my Windows PC? To reiterate, I don't want to share 3G data, just WiFi.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. thelatinist macrumors 603

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    There is no way to do this. Native tethering over USB only allows you to share your phone's data connection, not a WiFi connection.
     
  3. XxEjGxX macrumors regular

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    is ur iphone jaibroken? there is a program that can make the iphone think its on wifi when its actually on 3G so you can stream videos and stuff... i'm pretty sure it goes in the other way and so can make wifi think its 3g which would mean you can use tethering
     
  4. MikePA macrumors 68020

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    The only way your desktop can communicate is via Ethernet therefore it has no way to communicate with an iPhone, regardless of what the iPhone could then connect to.
     
  5. thelatinist macrumors 603

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    That's what I thought he was saying at first, but I believe what he means is not that his computer doesn't have USB ports but that he doesn't have a USB WiFi dongle. I believe he wants to use his iPhone as a WiFi dongle.
     
  6. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    If that is what the OP needs, can't you get a USB WiFi dongle (more properly known as USB WiFi adapter) for around $30-40?
     
  7. thelatinist macrumors 603

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    Yes, but the OP says he can't afford one at the moment.

    Also: you're not seriously objecting to the term 'dongle,' are you? It's a pretty standard term.
     
  8. MikePA macrumors 68020

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    I always find things like this, "I can afford a $70/month phone but not a one time $40 USB WiFi adaptor purchase.", puzzling.

    To the OP, assuming your desktop has a USB port, you can tether your iPhone to your desktop with the right software on your iPhone, e.g., MyWi.

    FWIW - I always connect the word 'dongle' with hardware that's needed to make certain software work.
     
  9. thelatinist macrumors 603

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    MyWi doesn't allow you to share a WiFi connection on your iPhone with a PC via USB. It allows you to share an Edge/3G connection with a PC via WiFi.
     
  10. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    Well, as a poster says above, I'm puzzled why OP can't afford one. And no, I'm not objecting to the term "dongle," just thought it best to point out the term more commonly used in product descriptions, in case OP or someone else wanted to find one online or at a store.
     
  11. MikePA macrumors 68020

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    At the bottom of the MyWi screen is the 'USB and Bluetooth' tethering option. Plus the following directly from the RYP site;

    - Ability to enable USB and Bluetooth Tethering on your iPhone as well
     
  12. thelatinist macrumors 603

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    Give the kid a break. Sounds like he's in college, probably still on his parents' family plan. When I was in college I didn't have $40 to drop on a piece of hardware I'd only use for a couple of weeks.

    This still only allows you to share your phone's data connection, not a WiFi connection. Basically, it enables the phone's native tethering. I repeat that the OP doesn't want to share his phone's data connection with his computer, but to share a WiFi connection.
     
  13. eduo macrumors member

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    Was there a solution for this? I find myself in the same situation (iPhone + Laptop, only iPhone can access WLAN, Laptop has free USB port).

    I hope by now all tangential comments on whether he doesn't do something else have run out and maybe there's an answer that actually solves the problem in hand (in my I'm at my sister's home and although I configured with WLAN a long time ago I don't have access to the router's settings to add my MAC address to it, so I can only access through the iPhone at this moment).
     
  14. thelatinist macrumors 603

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    The answer is that it is not possible with any currently available tools. And I'm not sure there's really that much call for an app to turn your iPhone into a WiFi dongle.
     
  15. eduo macrumors member

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    Yeah. I would've used the same tone if I had been asked about for-pay farting applications.

    I was under the impression nothing existed but I wondered whether it's because of a technic reasons, since I seen to recall my mac doesn't allow me to share the wifi over ethernet either.
     

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