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ClockworkMod Tether effectively allows users to access the data connection on their Android device through a USB connection and use it for a mobile Internet connection. While many similar applications exist, this one is superior because of its stability and effectiveness. Unfortunately, the free version places a 20MB limit on data transfers after the 14-day free trial. Unlimited access is granted following the upgrade to the Premium version.
Installation of this application goes easy, but some users may experience difficulties if their computer currently doesn't have an Internet connection. The user first needs to download the Android application to their mobile device, and then connect it to the PC. If the PC is connected to the Internet, then the user just needs to download a separate application from the Internet and follow the installation guide. If there is no Internet connection on the PC, then the user needs to follow instructions included on the Android application and transfer the required file onto the PC from the device. Once both devices are set up properly, the PC will use the USB connection as a source for the Internet. Connection speeds are similar to that of a fast dial-up connection. Users should keep in mind, though, that this is data usage, and that it will be reflected on their phone bill. The clean and elementary user interface operates almost entirely automatically and features a constant speed indicator to monitor the stability of the connection.
For those who are severely limited on their Internet connection ClockworkMod Tether would be a great choice. It is especially useful while traveling in remote locations where Wi-Fi is not available but a cellular data connection is. The free version of this app gives users a taste of what the application can really offer, but for best results the user needs to download the Premium version.
From Tasos Kleisas:
ClockworkMod Tether is a USB tether solution for Mac, Windows, and Linux that allows you to use your phone's data connection to get internet access on your desktop or laptop.Need a direct link to the Tether Android installation (APK) file?http://download.clockworkmod.com/tether/Tether.apkLooking for the Premium version of ClockworkMod Tether? It is a $4.99 in app purchase, no additional download necessary!ClockworkMod Tether does not require root on your phone and does not require a separate tethering plan. Tether should work with any carrier and phone and does not require a carrier's tethering plan. To get around the root requirement on your phone, Tether will need to install a virtual network adapter on your computer; so there is a PC side install.1) Install this application on your Android phone!2) Install the Tether software on your PC. If your PC currently has an internet connection, you can download it here:Mac: http://download.clockworkmod.com/tether/tether-mac.zipLinux: http://download.clockworkmod.com/tether/tether-linux.tgzWindows: http://download.clockworkmod.com/tether/TetherWindowsSetup.msiIf your PC does NOT have an internet connection at the moment, start Tether for Android and use the Help button to easily download the PC software to your phone. You can then copy it to your PC and install!Windows users will also need to install the USB/ADB driver for their phone. Tether's setup process will assist you through that step by step, or you can use the link below!http://www.clockworkmod.com/tether/driversThat's it! Connect your phone via USB to your PC, start Tether, and turn it on! Happy surfing!If you have problems with Tether, please try the following first:Disable Firewalls and Antivirus software.Make sure you area not connected to the internet on wireless or ethernet.Make sure you are using your OEM's USB data cable (and not just a charge cable).If still not working, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and provide the log from the Tether log window!Tether is a 14 day trial. You will have full unfettered usage for 14 days, after which you will only be able to download 20MB a day. Please buy Tether Premium from the application's menu to unlock the full version and support future development!Tether speeds slow?Your USB speed is limited to the speed of the *slowest* peripheral you have connected. It is recommended you unplug any unnecessary/slow USB peripherals to get maximum Tether speeds.Need a direct link to the Windows Drivers?http://www.clockworkmod.com/tether/driversApplications that may interfere or cause installation issues with Tether on Windows:VirtualBoxOpenVPNEasy TetherPDANetTeamViewer VPNApplications that may interfere with Tether on Mac:PDANetEasyTetherHamachiViscosityQuestions? Comments? Support? Just shoot me an email to email@example.comSEO: PDANet, Klink, EasyTether, wifi tether root users, usb tether, bluetooth panRecent changes:1006: Update tether notificaiton icon.1006: Fix potential billing bug.1005: Fix tethering when the phone is connected to an IPv6 network.1004: More support and troubleshooting info.1003: Fix buy menu showing up even if purchased.1003: Fix tun interface on PC not properly shutting down (get the new PC download).1002: Fix force close when USB debugging is off.1001: Initial release.Content rating: Everyone
What's new in this version: 1006: Update tether notificaiton icon.1006: Fix potential billing bug.1005: Fix tethering when the phone is connected to an IPv6 network.1004: More support and troubleshooting info.1003: Fix buy menu showing up even if purchased.1003: Fix tun interface on PC not properly shutting down (get the new PC download).1002: Fix force close when USB debugging is off.1001: Initial release.
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All versions:4.5 stars
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"WORKS ON SP**NT !!!!"
Version: ClockworkMod Tether (no root) 126.96.36.199
Have as of yet to report on speed(s) reached,but everything seems to load up ok !!!
Connection Speed? Waiting to see how it will perform on 4G....whenever Sp**nt deploys that in my area......
If you are looking for a way to tether,thru Sp**nt,or ANY other carrier,to my knowledge,look no further,it works ..finally.Thanks to Developer !! DEFINITELY Will be Upgrading to Paid Version . NO-BRAINER !!!!! Once again,thanks to Devs !!!!!
"A bit quirky, but so far (2 days) so good!"
Version: ClockworkMod Tether (no root) 188.8.131.52
Easy installation and set up for both phone and computer (had a wifi connection for computer set up). Fast (4G) speed (but see "cons", below). Still in trial period, but if it keeps working as is, will buy...very reasonable price (and will be first app i've ever paid for!)
A bit quirky, in that it occassionally will not connect on first try (or sometimes second or third...and sometimes i had to do a reboot). Also, occassionally (but not often) drops the connection. And lastly, it seems very slow at getting me into a website - it has a fairly quick ping rate (approx. 60 msec) and download speeds are 4G, but after clicking to go to a site, i sometimes feel like i can bake a cake!
Despite the downsides, this is a worthwhile and worth-it app. Assuming my carrier "the big V" doesn't get a hold of me about using it, and no other problems arise the next 12 days, i will definitely buy it!btw...i have an HTC Rezound with ICS.
Updated on Aug 27, 2012
Updated on Aug 29, 2012here's an update - as mentioned above, i found Tether to be very slow in initially linking to a site. i've found a "weird" work-around - i run thru HotSpot Shield! if i turn on HotSpot Shield, then use the "protected" browser, Tether connects very quickly when i click to a website. don't ask me why, but it works. so it adds another step to getting on-line, but still worth the $5 v. $20/month thru "V".
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