As you may have heard, I have become the proud owner of a new MacBook. My day job, as a technician, has me on the road from early in the morning to early in the evening, so it is sometimes a challenge to make regular posts here. Sure, there’s the WordPress app for my iPhone, but it is quite tedious to type a full story on the iPhone keyboard. Now, with my MacBook, I can write anything, anywhere. There has been a few instances where I have a great idea for a post, while I’m on the road, but by the time I get home, it has escaped me.

pdanet-thumbSo, how do stay connected where ever I go? With PDANet, for iPhone. This has actually been in Cydia for a while, but I haven’t bothered with it, because I’ve had no use for it. So, what the heck is it? Basically, it turns your iPhone into a wireless router, so that you can use your data plan to get on the world wide web with your laptop computer. I just started using it yesterday, and it is so simple, I thought I would share how easy it is to set up.

Since I’m a Mac guy, using a MacBook, I’ll be showing the Mac way to use PDANet. First thing you’ll need to do is open up Cydia, go to the search section, and simply type in PDANet. It is a free download, comes with a 14 day free full version trial, then it will cost you $29, to keep the full version. Completely worth it, in my opinion.

When PDANet is installed on your iPhone, it’s default settings are “Wireless Router ON”, which is where we need it to be, for this method. Therefore you don’t even need to open it, at this time. When it comes time to purchase this app, you’ll need to open it up to input your serial number. You can also change settings to USB mode (for Windows) and toggle Proxy Support.

Next thing you want to do is, head over to your Mac and click on your WiFi, in the menu bar. Click “Create Network”. Name it something like “PDANet” or “iPhone”. Something you will easily recognize. Click “OK”.

screenshot_025 screenshot_032

Next, open up Settings, on your iPhone. Tap WiFi. You should see the network you just created. I’ve used “PDANet”, as an example. Select it. Then exit to your home screen.


Next …… no wait, that’s it! No, seriously, that’s all you need to do! Go back to your Mac and get on the web! One thing to note, though: you’ll have to turn off autolock, so that your 3G or EDGE stays on. unless you have something installed that keeps your data running, while your screen is asleep.

There you have it. It’s been working great, for me, although I’m still on a 1st gen iPhone, so I’m stuck with EDGE speeds! ;-p