Thursday, July 29, 2010

How To Use PDAnet to Tether Your Computer With Your Phone

Recently there has been a lot of talk about using your droid to tether with your computer so you can get internet on the go or if the power goes out. The process is pretty simple once you know what you're doing and have the right tools and we're going to show you how its done.

First what you want to do is to download PDAnet from the market. There is a lot of talk about whether PDAnet or EasyTether is better, but we have found that PDAnet is a better choice and therefore will be showing you how to set it up.
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After you download the app open it up and you will be presented with this screen.
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If, instead a screen pops up asking you whether you want to download the application for your computer or not, click yes and you will be taken to this site.
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select which operating system you have and it will download the file to your sd card

Connect your computer to your phone using your USB cable and on your phone click in your toolbar to "mount" your phone. Now open up "my computer" if on a pc or go to your desktop on a mac and you should see what looks like a new hard drive listed. Open the drive and go to your "download" folder and you should see a file named PDAnet242 or something similar.

Open that on your computer and you should see this dialog box
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Continue through the installation until you reach this point.
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Follow those steps exactly as listed and a few things will be checked to make sure everything is going to run smoothly

If you see this screen instead and have already installed drivers for your phone then click "no" otherwise click "yes" note: if you followed our webcam tutorial then click "no"
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After the checks are completed then you should be presented with this screen which lets you know that your installation was successful.

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If you reach the above screen then go to PDAnet on your phone and click enable usb tether.
After you enable the tether PDAnet will verify that there is an available internet connection and will then prompt you to connect on your phone.
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To do this, go to the bottom right of your screen (on windows) and look for this icon
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Yours should initially be all black without the globe on it, but if you right click it and click "connect" then it will get the globe icon when successfully setup.

Now you just need to open your browser to see if it is working.

*PDAnet free doesn't allow "secure" sites so some logins as well as AIM, MSN, Yahoo chat, etc. wont work*

If you have a mac and it doesn't work immediately send us an email at 2guys1droid@gmail.com and we'll show you how to get it running

13 comments:

  1. ok now when i connect my ps3 to my laptop it will not find my ip addres.pleases help?

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  2. when i go through the steps to install tethering to my samsung fascinate, the pda connection asks me for a password... where do i get that?

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  3. if you have the free version there shouldnt be a password, is it on the pc or phone end that it wants the password?

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  4. I have my new laptop set up with my Droid 2 as a hotspot for internet connection. Works great! My husband would like to use our old laptop as well. What applications do we need to use for the old one to be used as a second? The ads say up to 5 can use one Droid for connection.
    Thank you

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  5. Are you using the droid 2 as a wireless hotspot through the built in means or are you using bluetooth tether or wired tether using pda net?

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  6. I paid for the $15.96 download to access secure sites and there is no software to download or any indication that I have the secure software. I am out of $15.96 and there is no contact number for June fabric pda net designers. Beware no way to contact these They indicate that they email me the receipt and the my registration number but never got the email. PDA NET IS A RIPOFF

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    1. Same just happens to me

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  7. I am using it with WIN XP and an ZTE-Blade and it works. Every other day I also get connection to https with the free version.

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  8. I can access internet and yahoo messenger but not yahoo chat through pdanet free version. I'm using windows 7 and have a cricket kyocera zio android 1.6.

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  9. how can i set a password on the connection?

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  10. I have finish d step and see my network cnnction that im cnnctd bt stil i can't even go to yahoo google etc. It does nt work at al even n my connction it say that im cnnctd to pdanet broadbnd but thr s no data that s being prcss is ths 1 of d junkx n the internet? What a wastd of time and effrt ul jst end up frstratd

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  11. I right click the tray icon to connect and it tells me 'start pdanet on ur phone and enable usb teather wich i ready have done

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  12. I just bought the foxfi key and it directed me to PDA net on my RAZR Max but it won't let me start the hotspot it keeps saying that my subscription could not be processed please help me out!

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