Editors' Note: The "Download Now" link directs you to the Android Market where you must continue the download process. This download may not be available in some countries.
In a pinch and need a data connection on your tablet or laptop? You can use Open Garden to sneak a connection from your smartphone without needing to tether. Setup is easy, but the connection has enough hiccups and jumps to sometimes be more frustrating than it's worth.
Before you can use Open Garden, you have to download another program for your desktop. Once you set up the network, your gadgets will connect automatically whenever they're nearby. It can even work through NFC if your phone has it. However, owners of modern phones can have a more reliable connection on their phone automatically, and most phones can tether. Either one will provide less frustrating access to your phone's data plan. Those two won't connect without asking, either. While automatic connection is convenient on your laptop, it can be frustrating on a limited data plan. You might snag an overage accidentally.
Open Garden may come in handy for anyone looking to have access to a smartphone's data when Wi-Fi isn't available. However, there are other options that pull the connection off much more easily, and this program comes with too many errors that need attention.
Open Garden interconnects devices to form a wireless peer-to-peer mesh network that provides Internet access. Requires Bluetooth, or two WiFi Direct capable devices. Simply install Open Garden on your Android phone and on your laptop, and devices automatically connect: https://opengarden.com
Your laptop can now access mobile Internet coming from your phone anywhere it has no Wi-Fi. Like tethering, but with no buttons to press and nothing to configure. When more devices running Open Garden are nearby, they all connect into a mesh network. To detect nearby peers, we use location services. That includes GPS, if no other location service is available. Connections can be initiated manually using NFC - just tap the devices together!
The Open Garden app is completely free. If you are having trouble downloading the app from Google Play, the APK is available from our website: https://opengarden.com Open Garden provides you with the same benefits as tethering applications like Wi-Fi Tether or Barnacle but with no root access required. It is comparable to PDA Net or EasyTether but doesn't require the use of a USB cable.
Open Garden is a wireless mesh networking application that turns any of your device into a portable hotspot. When installed on your laptop and your Android phone Open Garden can let you use from your computer softwares like Skype, any mail client or browser and let you access Internet on the go as if you were at home.
What's new in this version:
- 1.4.3 changes:
- - Fix: damaged APK
- 1.4 changes:
- - Feature: new 'Connect' button to force connection attempts right now
- - Fix: various bugs