Using iPhone for MacBook wifi

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by scott2206, Feb 16, 2010.

  1. scott2206 macrumors newbie

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    Ok so we've all heard about the issues with airport on the MacBook. Well I've had mine for about 3 yrs now and this problem with airport wifi connection has progressively been getting worse over the last yr. I took the MacBook in last week and they wanted £170 to put in a new network card and antena. Bit much I think.! So they told me I could buy a £35 USB wifi dongle thing. However just bought a new iPhone 3Gs and wondered if this could feed my MacBook the my home wifi connection?

    Any info or idea's would be great.

    Thanks Scott.
     
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    I've never heard of anything that would make that possible. If it is possible it will certainly require jailbraking the phone.
     
  3. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040

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    Realistically you'll be best off with the dongle as the iPhone's WiFi range isn't as good as that of the MacBook...at least in my experience.
     
  4. melanotan macrumors newbie

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    It is indeed possible to use one's iPhone as a wifi dongle provided that the iPhone is jailbroken and you have an operating system compatible with the necessary driver software. The solution is called PDANET and on Macs it works under 10.5 (Leopard) and higher.

    You can read more about this here: http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=198816&start=0&p=1427260&#entry1427260

    Cheers
     

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