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USB Internet tethering

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sjseventyeight
Posts: 14

USB Internet tethering

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Hi all

 

I have been searching and searching forums and the internet in general trying to find a way to tether the phone to my computer, using the phone as a modem. Unlimited internet and tethering is quite common in the UK with speeds exceeding landline broadband.

 

Now, I know this can be done via Wifi but this drains the battery considerably and I have concerns about the safety of Wifi.

 

From what I can find, it's up to the manufacturer to enable this feature on their phones but it doesnt look like Nokia have done so. I am using a Nokia 900 7.8 and Nokia 920. I love these Lumias but looks like I may have to switch back to Android (for my USB tethering) if this is not possible. iPhone also has this capability but I dislike Apple a lot.

 

Does anyone from Nokia read these posts? If you take a look at the customers suggestions page for Windows Phone (at microsoft site), you will find this is quite a popular request!

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Mobile Sensei
paulheu
Posts: 5,354

Re: USB Internet tethering

 

Windows Phone does not support tethering over USB. You can connect the phone to mains or using the USB cable to the PC to charge while using Wi-Fi. 

 

I would not know what concerns you would have as far as using Wi-Fi? Use the secured settings and you should be fine.

 

While mostly condoned (still) tethering a computer to your phone is actually not allowed with most carriers, even in the UK. Actual speed is also way below your average ASDL connection and even more compared to cable.

 

And the "if I do not get what I want I will 'have' to go back to Android" line is getting a bit old really.. If Android is your cuppa tea then go.. 

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sjseventyeight
Posts: 14

Re: USB Internet tethering

Thanks for the useful info :-)

 

I have unlimited data + tethering inlcuded in my mobile plan, this is for real and not uncommon in the UK mobile market! I get between 12-14mbps typically and have hit 18mbps at times, whilst my landline can only provide 7mps max.I can download upto 100gb in a month no problem, and if I wanted more, it would not be an issue. I work in the mobile industry and I am not making this up! I have both a Lumia 900 and 920 which are exceptional communications devices and Windows Phone is a superp operating system.

 

Does anyone know if USB tethering is coming soon? HTC support this in some of their Windows phones and on some older Samsungs it can be activated by way of entering a diagnostics code. Does anyone know if Nokia plan to support this?

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Mobile Sensei
paulheu
Posts: 5,354

Re: USB Internet tethering

 

It used to be possible to tether through Zune actually, but that was disabled long ago and Windows Phone 8 does not support USB tethering at all afaik.

 

Which carrier are you with to get >10Mbps (I assume you meant Mega and not milli) sustained throughput on tether? You may get that on the phone, but on a tethered connection I doubt it.. It woudl require at least HSDPA+ which the 900 for one does not do. But whatever.. :smileywink:

 

And honestly 100Gb (about 100MB) is not all that much, unless you are trying to say 100GB which I seriously doubt will be covered by any fair use policy. I'd really like to know which carrier would allow as much abuse of their network :smileyvery-happy:

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Mobile Visionary
garym11
Posts: 793

Re: USB Internet tethering


sjseventyeight wrote:

Hi all

 

I have been searching and searching forums and the internet in general trying to find a way to tether the phone to my computer, using the phone as a modem.

 

Now, I know this can be done via Wifi but this drains the battery considerably and I have concerns about the safety of Wifi.

 

From what I can find, it's up to the manufacturer to enable this feature on their phones.

 

  If you take a look at the customers suggestions page for Windows Phone (at microsoft site), you will find this is quite a popular request!



Have to do the last one first.  You knew the answer to your question when you posted, popular request at Microsoft site.

 

Up to the manufacturer?  No.  To be able to tether a phone a USB modem driver has to be installed as part of the USB cable driver. See a modem?

 

Safety of WiFi?   It's pretty safe when your phone is creating the Wi/Fi connection.

 

Using the phone as a modem, USB tethering, is old technology. Using the phone to create a WiFi Hotspot for several devices is the new technology.   Wouldn't want to tke a step back would we.

 

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Advisor
sjseventyeight
Posts: 14

Re: USB Internet tethering

I`m on Three - it`s called the one plan. It truly is unlimited data and tethering. I pay £36 pm. My uncle uses it, he downloads 200GB plus monthly and gets 20MBps tops at times. It was recommended by the guy in the shop who himself uses 100GB.

 

The speeds are attainable becuase of DC-HSDPA technology. O2 and Three are rolling it out. In a few tests, it has outperformed EE's 4G technology.

 

Now - I use my phone for phone and internet. Wifi sharing drains the battery, can you see why I would like some information on USB tethering hehe? ;-) Old technology or not, I dont want the battery dying becuase I am constantly chargin/discharging several times a day!

 

If you can find anything useful that I have not already mentioned, please chip in :-)

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Mobile Guru
rayhipkiss
Posts: 3,944

Re: USB Internet tethering

If you plug the phone in to the USB port anyway it will charge and you can still tether wirelessly.

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Mobile Overlord
grschinon
Posts: 10,192

Re: USB Internet tethering

I wouldn't worry about the battery dying because of being charged/discharged all the time when connected to a power source if you're using its internet connection.

In fact, the battery comes under LESS stress in this kind of scenario because some of the energy coming from the charger is used to power the phone rather than being dumped into the battery.

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Advisor
sjseventyeight
Posts: 14

Re: USB Internet tethering

Bizarrely, the Lumia 900 is actually faster than the 920 today.... Any ideas why that might be?

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Registered Member
ScaryBiscuits
Posts: 2

Re: USB Internet tethering

Unfortunately, the charge current from many laptops is insufficient to both charge the batter and power the wifi tether and the phone's data connetion.  This means that even with a USB connection, you are still draining the battery.  Worse than that you have had to use a wired connection and yet are still forced to drain the battery of both you phone and your laptop, using a slower, less reliably and less secure wifi connection.  WiFi has its uses but it should have been instead of wired tethering not instead of it. 

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Registered Member
ScaryBiscuits
Posts: 2

Re: USB Internet tethering

That sort of attitude to the genuine needs of users is unlikely to win many customers!

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Professor
KennyKB
Posts: 371

Re: USB Internet tethering

Tethered internet sharing is useful. No need to call it old technology just because Windows Phone doesn't have it. Most PCs don't have any WiFi adapter so they can't connect to a WiFi hotspot. A wired connection is also more reliable than a wireless connection and will not degrade the speed. The PC or laptop can also charge the phone at the same time.

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Registered Member
bappy004
Posts: 1

Re: USB Internet tethering

I completely agree to ScaryBiscuits's comment. The so called Mobile Gurus replying to this post are saying that they know our needs best and trying to say 'USB tethering isn't good, use wifi tethering..' bla blah type of gibberish.

 

There are genuine use cases other than the original poster's use case where USB tethering can be very useful. I don't want to give details of such use cases, but keep in mind that those so called Gurus are not the end, and if those gurus are replying such gibberish, they definitely won't win customers (like me, I was thinking about switching to Win Mo from Android, but now I will have to re-think my decision).

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Mobile Sensei
Abi99
Posts: 9,794

Re: USB Internet tethering

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sjseventyeight wrote:

If you take a look at the customers suggestions page for Windows Phone (at microsoft site), you will find this is quite a popular request!


Because I am looking for USB tethering as well and because that is the best we can do: Vote for it!

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