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Tethering on the N900 – Part 1 (USB)

The N900 is the undisputed king when it comes to the options available for tethering its internet-connection. The best part is that it works out-of-box without any software restrictions.

Ubuntu 10.04

With the USB connection, the N900 is recognized as a modem that can be used to “dial-in”. The setup is easy. The only thing required is the Internet-Connection info. Here are the steps to configure T-Mobile:

1. Connect the N900 and select PC Suite Mode (on the N900)

2. Left-Clicking on the Ubuntu Network Manager will display the N900 as ‘device not managed’. So cool!

3. Right-Click the Network Manager icon and select Edit Connections to create a connection.

4. Select Mobile Broadband. Click Add

5. Select the N900 as the Broadband device and follow the wizard.

6. On ‘Choose your Billing Plan’, select the appropriate plan (YMMV) and complete the setup. If your details are not listed, simply select a plan, complete the setup and fill in the details manually via in ‘Edit Connections’.

7. Select ‘Edit’ on the connection if you want to view or edit the setup.

8. Now select the connection to get online!

I have also had success with Nokia PC Suite on XP. I remember it being very simple and all that was required was APN info.

If this helps you, please let me know. The power of the N900 is not yet fully tapped here in the US. Why would anyone pay $15-30 extra/month to Verizon just for tethering on the Droid (without rooting/voiding warranty of course) ?

Next: Bluetooth

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  1. ER444
    August 22, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    Try Joiku. It makes out of your N900 a “Hot Spot” which you can find as WLAN connection and without any cables. Brilliant and affordable.

    • August 22, 2010 at 7:50 pm

      Joiku is great! but it may not be an option in work-places where hotspots are not allowed by IT. I plan to write a post on ‘HotSpots’ options too. Thanks!

    • Dave
      August 25, 2010 at 4:46 am

      Or you could just go to the app repository, install the “advanced” kernel and then MobileHotspot, for the same functionality but all FOSS.

      Not that Joiku isn’t a good product, I’m sure, but you can do it for free with MobileHotspot

  2. August 23, 2010 at 12:26 am

    Just for the record – iPhone in USB tethering mode presents itself to the computer as a simple Ethernet (-over-USB) interface and provides DHCP autoconfiguration. So setting up iPhone tethering in Ubuntu is just installing the ipheth-utils package from ppa:pmcenery/ppa (the Ethernet-over-USB driver), plugging in the phone, leftclicking the NetworkManager and selecting the new ‘iPhone (eth1)’ connection. Done.

    N900+1 should probably do something like that too. It looks to be much easier. The phone already has all the APN info, so why should the computer duplicate all that?

    • August 23, 2010 at 11:16 am

      Thanks for the comment! Does this require a jailboken iphone?

      I think the setup for the N900 is easy; no additional packages need to be installed – and one-time only. Subsequent connections are one-click.

      However, the N900 can be made to serve DHCP over USB after installing the PC-Connectivity package which offers a lot more interesting options. This would be a more advanced usage and is not available out-of-the-box.

  3. Leif Ryge
    August 23, 2010 at 7:18 am

    USB tethering the N900 with PR1.0 on T-Mobile worked in Ubuntu 9.10 without any configuration, but sometime after not using tethering for a while and upgrading Maemo5 to PR1.0.1 and Ubuntu to 10.04 it stopped working. I never found out if it was a change in Maemo, Ubuntu, or T-Mobile’s service that caused it to break. Shortly after upgrading to PR1.2, I tried again and it still didn’t work: I tried setting it up manually using each of the T-Mobile options available in Ubuntu’s setup wizard, but none worked. Then, seeing this post, I just tried again (following these instructions, using the T-Mobile “Internet” option; still PR1.2 and 10.04, though there have been several upgrades in each since I last tried it) and, hey, it works again now! Thanks!

    BTW people wanting bluetooth DUN instead of this USB business should see http://maemo.org/packages/view/bluetooth-dun/ and http://wiki.maemo.org/Bluetooth_DUN#Nokia_N900

    • August 23, 2010 at 11:19 am

      glad to hear! My next post will cover Bluetooth :)

  4. Robert Ahlskog
    August 23, 2010 at 8:33 am

    I can add another piece of info here too. My old SonyEricsson W760i did that USB-Ethernet mode for tethering too, all you needed was cdc-ethernet module and dhcp and you were go. I really liked that and can recommend it to anyone stuck without network-manager or using knetworkmanager… atleast until it behaves with mobile broadband. So +1 vote for nokia needs to do this too

  5. Robert Ahlskog
    August 23, 2010 at 8:36 am

    Waaaiit… I had a perverted tought, can’t we do this? Can’t we setup the N900 so that it provides dhcp services for internet on it’s usb-ethernet? Someone with deeper knowledge should be able to tell us without me having to get my hands dirty.

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