June 23, 2009

Android-powered Mobile Internet

I was convinced long before purchasing my G1 from T-Mobile that it would be a worthwhile investment, and I have not been disappointed at all.

In Amarillo, T-Mobile does not yet have 3G service, so data speeds leave a bit to be desired, but it still works. I learned earlier this evening that I may be taking a trip to San Antonio in the near future, unfortunately not on pleasant business. I know that I will get 3G service there, and I do intend to take my notebook, but I do not have a cellular card for my notebook, and it is an old model that does not have built-in wireless. Getting Internet to my laptop on the go has always been a hassle - but what if I could use my G1 to get Internet to my laptop?

It did not take much searching to find Tetherbot, which provides some basic tunnelling for a computer connected via USB to an Android-powered device. Using Tetherbot and the Android SDK, I was able to establish a tunnel for Internet browsing within a couple of minutes. Now I just need to finish upgrading my notebook to Fedora 11 (a hassle of its own) and I will be ready to go!


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