View Full Version : Cydia PdaNet Turns your iPhone into a Wi-Fi Router

09-29-2008, 01:41 PM


PdaNet has been one of the most popular software for Windows Mobile phones and Palm OS phones. It is now ported to the iPhone! The latest version turns your iPhone into a true WiFi router for your computer (MAC or PC), and allows your laptop to go online wirelessly through the 3G network on the iPhone.

While there has been quite a few other third party software (iPhoneModem, NetShare etc. and also the built-in OpenSSH (http://lifehacker.com/software/feature/use-your-iphones-internet-connection-on-your-laptop-327066.php)) that tether your iPhone through a junky SOCKS proxy solution. PdaNet, on the other hand, is miles ahead! This version is called "PdaNet WiFi Router", it literally is. All you need to do is simply to create an ad-hoc WiFi network on the computer and connect your iPhone to it (instructions (http://www.junefabrics.com/iphone/faq.php#wifipc)). Your computer then goes online automatically. There is no need to specify IP (or any other) settings on either end.

Still don't get why PdaNet is way better? Continue reading:

You will get FULL Internet access on the computer! (Instead of only applications that support Socks proxy.) In technical terms, all applications make direct TCP/IP connections to the server. Since there is no proxy involved, that also means less problems and less delays.
You don't need to configure anything on the computer end whenever you connect PdaNet. No proxy settings, no extra software installation, no messing with static IP assignment, no switching settings back and forth when going back to your home's WiFi router.
Yes it will connect at 3G speed if your phone has the coverage.
Supports PC, MAC, Linux or anything (include other PDA/phones) that connects to a WiFi router.
PdaNet runs in the background so you can still use other iPhone features when PdaNet is connected. But when you are done with them, go back to PdaNet to prevent the phone from entering idle and drops your connection.
Version 1.3 has a built-in "insomnia" feature so you can turn off the phone when PdaNet is in the foreground and it won't drop your active connection. This will conserve battery.
It is recommended that you charge the phone at the same time while using PdaNet because both WiFi and 3G will be put on full speed, both consume a lot of juice.

09-29-2008, 08:13 PM
wow!! amazing app. thanks a lot chuck.

10-10-2008, 10:42 PM
I just thought i would say that at first i couldnt get this app to work at all, but i finally got it working now, and the timing couldnt be better...I'm on a five hour bus ride

As far as configuring the network name and enabling security, I couldnt figure that part out, but i dont see anyone else with a laptop on the bus....