When Apple's iPad was first released in 2010, it made waves and revitalised interest in the previously niche-only market of tablet computers. In 2011, the iPad 2 launched with a number of upgrades over the previous model. One feature not added was the ability to tether the iPad to a smart phone to turn the phone into a mobile hot spot for the iPad. Depending on the phone they have, users have a couple options to accomplish this. Users of the iPhone will need to "jailbreak" their device, while Android-powered devices will need to be rooted. Windows phone and BlackBerry users need not alter their devices to tether with iPad.
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Things you need
- Apple iPad (jailbroken for BlackBerry)
- Apple iPhone, jailbroken
- Android-powered smartphone, rooted
- Windows Mobile smartphone
- BlackBerry smartphone
- Cydia App Store (iPhone)
- RockApp Rock ID (iPhone)
- MyWi (iPhone)
- Barnacle (Android)
- WMWifiRouter (Windows)
- PDAnet (BlackBerry)
- ibluever (Jailbroken iPad, for BlackBerry solution)
Launch the Cydia App Store on your jailbroken iPhone and purchase the MyWi app.
Install and launch MyWi. This will launch a RockApp installer to install MyWi and will require you to set up a Rock ID account.
Start up MyWi, and under the tethering screen, turn "USB and Bluetooth" to "Off." Then exit MyWi and turn off Bluetooth connectivity on both your iPad and iPhone.
Restart MyWi and enter a name for a new network under "Wi-Fi Tethering." Then set "Wi-Fi Tethering" to "On."
Go to the settings on your iPad and find the Wi-Fi connection settings. Your iPhone's MyWi Wi-Fi network will appear on the list, allowing you to effectively use your iPhone as a tethered mobile hot spot for your iPad.
Download and install Barnacle on your rooted Android phone. Barnacle is available for users free of charge from the Android Market.
Open Barnacle and go into "Settings," followed by "SSID" to name your network.
Go into both the "WAN" and "LAN" and clear out all information under both headings.
Hit the back arrow softkey on your screen and then tap "Start."
Go to the settings on your iPad and find the Wi-Fi connection settings. Your Android's Barnacle Wi-Fi network should appear on the list, allowing you to effectively use your Android phone as a tethered mobile hot spot for your iPad. If it doesn't, tap the "Associate" button on Barnacle and continue to do so until the network appears on the list.
Download and install the trial version of WMWifiRouter (wmwifirouter.com) to test and ensure that it is compatible with your phone. Alternative, you can check against WMWifiRouter's verified compatibility list on their website to see if your device is listed. Once you can verify it is compatible, install the application onto your Windows Mobile phone.
Start up WMWifiRouter and select "Options," followed by "Configuration" and "Wi-Fi Network."
Set up a name for your network, and configure the connection mode and encryption to your preferences.
Return to the main screen, and select the Cellular to Wi-Fi button. It displays the word "3G" with arrows pointing towards the symbol for "Wi-Fi," a dot with curved lines radiating from it.
Go to the settings on your iPad and find the Wi-Fi connection settings. Your Windows Mobile phone's WMWifiRouter Wi-Fi network should appear on the list, allowing you to effectively use your Windows Mobile phone as a tethered mobile hot spot for your iPad. If you are still using the trial version of WMWifiRouter, be aware the license will only work for a few moments before you are prompted to purchase the full version.
Windows Mobile Phone
Purchase, install and run ibluever from the Cydia App Store on your jailbroken iPad.
Click "On" and look for a listing for your BlackBerry phone, then click on the blue arrow for your phone.
Enter the following information into the corresponding text fields:
PIN Code: 0000, or any other combination of numbers you wish to use as a security code for this connection.
Dial Number: #777
Chat Script: default non-GPRS option
Sniff Mode: Off
Waiting SDP: On
Go to the Bluetooth options menu on your BlackBerry and uncheck "Dial-Up Networking," then click "Save."
Download, install and run PDAnet on your BlackBerry and select "Enable Bluetooth DUN." Then open ibluever on your iPad, select your BlackBerry phone and select "Run." You should now be able to connect your BlackBerry to your iPad as a wireless connection.
Tips and warnings
- All of these methods offer some measure of security or encryption as optional (PIN code for BlackBerry, WEP encryption for all others). To ensure a secure connection and prevent others from connecting to your tethered Wi-Fi, enable these security features and keep the associated codes somewhere safe.
- According to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and the U.S. Copyright Office, jailbreaking iPhone and iPad and rooting Android OS phones is legal. However, be advised that Apple policy dictates that jailbreaking the iOS voids your warranty. Policy regarding Android-equipped phone rooting varies from one manufacturer to the next, but generally follows the same principle -- root your phone, and void your warranty. Do so at your own risk.
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- The iPad Guru; Tether Your iPad Wi-Fi to Your iPhone 3G or iPhone 3GS to Share 3G Data; Matthew Panzarino; May 2010
- Droid Life; How to Wi-Fi Tether a Motorola Droid to an iPad; April 2010
- The iPad Guru; How to Tether Your iPad to Your BlackBerry; Matthew Panzarino; June 2010
- ThinkSpace; Yes, You Can Tether the iPad to an iPhone or Windows Mobile Phone; Peter Chee; April 2010
- U.S. Copyright Office; Anticirvumvention Rulemaking
- Engadget; Library of Congress Adds DMCA Exception for Jailbreaking or Rooting Your Phone; Paul Miller; July 2010