Perhaps you don’t know it yet, especially if you’re new to Android: you can use your Android phone to hook up your desktop or laptop to the Web. In this scenario, your Android phone essentially becomes a modem/router of some sort, which you can use to bring Internet connectivity to your desktop or laptop.
This can only work if you are subscribed to a data plan with your mobile carrier. If you are subscribed only to a call-only plan, this solution might not work. Also, before attempting to hook up your desktop to the Internet in the method described here, first make sure that you are aware of the charges for using your mobile network’s data connection. Most carriers charge for such service. Some provide unlimited data access, while most others set limits (usually expressed as amount of data either in megabytes or gigabytes). You can easily go overboard and exceed your data limits, you know.
To be able to connect your computer to the Internet using your Android phone, you need the following:
For installing PdaNet 3.02 to your Android phone, simply head off to the Android Market and get it from there. You can install it for free and can use all premium features for 14 days, after which you will be asked to upgrade to the full version if you want to continue using all premium features.
For the desktop version of PdaNet 3.02, you can get it from the download page on the app developer’s website. Or, you can go the easier way by installing the app on your phone first. Once the app finishes installing on your phone, it will ask whether you want to download the desktop version. Install the desktop version once it’s downloaded. Installation ought to be smooth and trouble-free. However, lookout for possible pitfalls, especially if you have the Android Software Development Kit (SDK) installed on your computer. Here are two very common troubles:
Now, get ready to connect your desktop to the Internet through your phone’s data connection. Here’s how to do it:
Your phone will now be connected to the Internet using the mobile network connection of your Android phone. This solution is particularly handy if you are in an area where Wi-Fi or a wired Internet connection is unavailable.
Have you tried using the PdaNet 3.02 solution for connecting your PC to the Internet through your Android phone?