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PdaNet for Android (32-bit Windows Installer)

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Weak on pizazz but strong where it counts, PdaNet is a cross-platform app that lets you tether your smartphone to a computer either via USB or Bluetooth DUN. When you use PdaNet, you won't have to root your phone, a major time- and stress-saver. This version works on Android phones.

There are two ways to install it. You can download it directly to your phone, connect your phone to your computer, mount the phone as a drive, and the run the executable from there. Or you can download it directly to your computer and run it. Either way, the instructions that accompany the installation are clear and concise in getting you going. Once everything's been installed, connect the phone to your laptop, run the phone app, and then complete the connection from the PdaNet system tray icon.

Our Internet connection speeds were nearly identical over USB tether as when using the phone separately. We didn't test the Bluetooth DUN speeds, but the publisher warns that they will be slower. PdaNet for Android has one limitation. After 30 days, PdaNet requires you to buy a license, otherwise it will block access to secure HTTPS Web sites such as Gmail. That's a tempting carrot, but for those who don't need access to secure sites, the free version should be more than enough. There were also occasional hiccups when waking the laptop from hibernating, but otherwise there were no connection problems. To get around those apparent connection loss situations, disconnect and then re-establish the tether. PdaNet is light on system resources, and an easy-to-use choice for those who want the benefits of tethering without the risks involved in rooting.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.9 stars

    out of 34 votes

    • 5 star: 18
    • 4 star: 5
    • 3 star: 5
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 6
  • Current version:

    3.8 stars

    out of 19 votes

    • 5 star: 9
    • 4 star: 4
    • 3 star: 3
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 3
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  • 5.0 stars

    "Nice job for my HTC EVO"

    February 1, 2011  |   By 78229

    Version: PdaNet for Android (32-bit Windows Installer) 2.41

    Pros

    Works great with my HTC EVO

    Cons

    i cant get it working with bluetooth Dun

    Summary

    can someone help plzzzz

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  • 5.0 stars

    "installation is hokey, but great tool once installed"

    January 31, 2011  |   By pizzicato66

    Version: PdaNet for Android (32-bit Windows Installer) 2.41

    Pros

    Quick, easy application that connects and runs fast on my droid x. It also helps me avoid that pesky wifi plan that verizon is insisting on. Nice that it also recharges my droid from my laptop while I'm using it because it uses the USB connection!

    Cons

    installation and configuration is a little hokey. It may work better now than before. make sure your laptop has the latest network drivers or you may have issues on the laptop side.

    Summary

    Fast, free connectivity from the web through your droid! I use it on the train daily.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Smooooooth"

    December 22, 2010  |   By ssgrind

    Version: PdaNet for Android (32-bit Windows Installer) 2.41

    Pros

    Easy to work with, and connections have been flawless so far.

    Cons

    I got nothing.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Very useful."

    August 21, 2010  |   By Bryan0684

    Version: PdaNet for Android (32-bit Windows Installer) 2.41

    Pros

    I haven't had any problems so far.

    Cons

    Terrible to get installed at first but after works great.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Works, if...."

    July 26, 2010  |   By ejmfoley

    Version: PdaNet for Android (32-bit Windows Installer) 2.41

    Pros

    Gets your computer online, at a decent speed.

    Cons

    Disconnects on my EVO shortly after any screen timeout.

    Summary

    When running this app, change your screen timeout settings to Never turn off. This way your computer stays connected. If it stayed connected when the screen times out, it would be a 5 star app.

    Updated on Aug 23, 2010

    Update from version 2.41 to 2.42 corrected problem with screen timeout.

    Now FIVE STARS*****

    Updated on Oct 24, 2010

    Now at version 2.45. With Android now at 2.2 and the 4G coverage areas starting to fill in (Chicagoland - Sprint - EVO), if I hook up a computer to the internet through my phone, I can get cable-like speeds. Awesome.
    ***** FIVE STARS*****

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Tremendous - Android 2.1 ATT Aria - Excellent product"

    July 22, 2010  |   By lpg1

    Version: PdaNet for Android (32-bit Windows Installer) 2.41

    Pros

    Easy to install - did not have to change any settings. I had HTC Sync installed on computer for outlook sync and Pdanet's installer used it. Download Pdanet for you OS mine was XP 32bit. Follow instructions for startup.

    Cons

    none found

    Summary

    I used USB 2.0 at 480mbs per sec. I have an ATT microcell in my house so I have full bars. I got 2.4k throughput. The internet pages loaded very fast. I ran a nextflix film and it looked great.

    Very happy since ATT had told me eariler that they did not support this.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "PDAnet is awesome for internet access via 3g phone."

    July 9, 2010  |   By tayter-tot

    Version: PdaNet for Android (32-bit Windows Installer) 2.41

    Pros

    + Very fast & reliable speeds vs. EasyTether.
    + Tracks the bytes sent/received every time a connection is made.
    + I have never experienced a dropped connection other than an interrupted phone call.
    + Phone does not have to be rooted.

    Cons

    + Cannot access https websites after the trail version expires, which is 30 days later.
    + Cost of full version is very expensive, $23.95 ($18.95 sale) at the junefabrics.com site.
    + Has to be connected via USB cable.

    Summary

    Overall, PDAnet is a wonderful app, given the pros it has. My only problem are the cons, which is a downfall. If it was a little bit cheaper, maybe $9.95, then I would upgrade to the full version, but if anyone does have the full version, please do share the registration code. It is possible to have only one registered license for the phone app, but unlimited for the computer (junefabrics.com can verify this in the HELP section). Thanks. :-)

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Great app that does jsut what it says"

    July 8, 2010  |   By MD-Brewer

    Version: PdaNet for Android (32-bit Windows Installer) 2.41

    Pros

    super easy setup
    very little overhead
    connects easily from both my Droid and the laptop
    Saves me $$

    Cons

    nothing i can think of

    Summary

    Gets me around the outrageous Verizon tether charges without root hacking. The company is dedicated to providing great products and support. Will buy the pro version to support them.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Awesome program - will save me $60 a month"

    July 3, 2010  |   By planetjeffy

    Version: PdaNet for Android (32-bit Windows Installer) 2.41

    Pros

    Just downloaded it on my Incredible and laptop. Works as well as my wireless card, that I pay $60 per month. I'm going to test it for a week and then cancel my mobile broadband.

    Cons

    Not as elegant as using an expresscard - but who cares when I can save $700 a year.

    Summary

    Mobile broadband for free (with your android phone).

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Good if not used for a long time,PHONE WILL HEAT UP"

    June 15, 2010  |   By Jrmiguely

    Version: PdaNet for Android (32-bit Windows Installer) 2.41

    Pros

    Its faster then dial up and it gets the job done mobile without having to pay extra fee and it just uses your data plan WHICH IS ALREADY FREE if u have a smart phone and paying the 29.99/mth(required for all smartphones)

    Cons

    Gets phone hot mhile using. I would not suggest for long uses and u will know when the phone is usually over temp cause the status light with flash green and orange. it happens to when using goodle maps

    Summary

    Its a good app that gets the job done and its in my opinion faster then dial up internet and sucks cause after the TRAIL they require u to buy the app and cant really use the web if it requires log in just like to check mail or anything tht uses a password. i also can say its really nice if u are using it for minimal use cause it makes your phone heat up and it takes some work to get it configured to work with your comp as far as the settings. I HAVE THE HTC INCREDIABLE and found tht i have to dissconnect and reconnect the MOBILE NETWORK to work each time i plug it into the comp

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