Posts Tagged ‘tether’

Tether a Mac’s internet connection via USB

August 29, 2010 1 comment

The Mac makes it easy to share its internet connection with any other device it is connected to. If you want the N900 to share a Mac’s Ethernet or Wifi internet connection over USB, this is what you need to do:

1. Connect the N900 to the Mac and select PC Suite Mode.

2. Setup USB Networking if you haven’t already. Make sure you can ping the N900 ( from the Mac.

3. Setup Internet Sharing according to this Lifehacker post with one difference – select N900 (PC Suite Mode):



4. The N900 should now be able to access the internet.


Tethering on the N900 – Visual Summary

I thought it would be great to end the series with a visual summary of the options covered so far, and then some 🙂

Ubuntu 10.04

Tether GPRS/3G
connection via Bluetooth

Tether GPRS/3G
connection via USB

Tether Wifi connection via USB

Tether GPRS/3G
connection via Hotspot

Tether Ubuntu internet-connection via Bluetooth. (Haven’t tried this yet..PAN?)

Tether Ubuntu
internet-connection via USB

Tether Ubuntu
internet-connection via Hotspot

Windows 7

Tether GPRS/3G connection via Bluetooth

Tether GPRS/3G
connection via USB

Tether Wifi connection via USB

Tether GPRS/3G
connection via Hotspot

Tether Windows 7 internet-connection via Bluetooth. (Haven’t tried this yet..PAN?)

Tether Windows 7 via USB. (No luck getting this to work with USB Networking)

Tether Windows 7 internet-connection via Hotspot.

Mac OS X

Tether GPRS/3G
connection via Bluetooth

Tether GPRS/3G
connection via USB

Tether Wifi connection via USB

Tether GPRS/3G
connection via Hotspot

Tether Mac internet-connection via Bluetooth. (Haven’t tried this yet..PAN?)

Tether Mac internet-connection via USB using USB Networking and ICS.

Tether Mac internet-connection via Hotspot

Update 8/28/10: Using the Mac lately. Its playing nice with the N900 as you can see with the Mac OS X section.
Sorry MAC users. I have never used a MAC. Incidentally, a colleague loaned me his Macbook Pro yesterday. He wanted me to see how in the Mac world “it just works!”. It will be interesting to see how well that plays with the N900.

Update 8/29/10: Added PC-USB-N900-Wifi option

Tethering on the N900 – Part 4 (Hotspot)

In case you didn’t know, the N900 is capable of creating a hotspot and share its 3G internet connection with other wireless devices. Sharing via a Hotspot is the top-dog of all tethering options. There are currently two ways available to get this set up.

Mobile Hotspot (Free)

Like all downloads, this comes free – courtesy of the community. Setup however, requires installation of a modified kernel (power-kernel), also available in Extras.


1. Install the ‘Enhanced Linux kernel for power users’ package from the Application Manager.

2. Reboot.

3. To verify if the kernel was installed correctly enter ‘uname -a’ in X-Terminal. The output should be something like

$ uname -a
Linux Nokia-N900 #1 PREEMPT Wed May 26 00:24:03 EEST 2010 armv7l unknown

Un-install however requires a couple of commands on the command-line.

Mobile Hotspot

1. Install Mobile Hotspot from the Application Manager.

2. Launch Mobile Hotspot.

3. Select Connection.

4. Select Hotspot name and enter one.

5. Enable WEP encryption and enter a WEP code (at least 5 characters) if you wish. WEP is insecure anyway!

6. Click Start. When ‘Stop’ appears the hotspot is ready for service.

I often have issues with Mobile Hotspot. My wifi-router requires a reboot every time I run Mobile Hotspot at home. Not sure why that happens. You might also encounter some bugs but the app is still usable. It effectively hides all the complexities involved in the setup.

Joiku (Paid)

A paid application that offers a few more options compared to Mobile Hotspot. I think its on sale in the Ovi Store this month at $4.99.

I plan to close out the ‘Tethering..’ series with a summary that will present most (if not all) the tethering options that the N900 can bring to the table. I hope the posts were useful.

Tethering the N900 – Part 3 (Bluetooth)

Tethering over Bluetooth is slower but being wireless is a great advantage over USB.

Ubuntu 10.04

Another simple setup:

1. Install Dial-Up Networking (bluetooth-dun) from Extras on the N900.

2. Install blueman Bluetooth-Manager on Ubuntu. This is not required but a good gui doesn’t hurt.
sudo apt-get install blueman

3. Open blueman from the status bar and pair the N900.

4. Right-click the connection and select Dial-up Connection.

5. Select the T-Mobile connection. If you haven’t yet created a Connection, see my previous post.

6. Done.

Windows 7

Ovi-Suite is a good tool here.

1. Install Dial-Up Networking (bluetooth-dun) on the N900
2. Open Ovi-Suite.
2. Connect the N900 via bluetooth (Tools -> Add New Device).

3. Select Tools -> Connect to Internet

4. Surf!

Tethering on the N900 – Part 2 (USB)

Windows 7

Unexpectedly, tethering on 7 was quite straightforward. Ovi Suite does a pretty good job at it. Here is what needs to be done:

1. Install Nokia Ovi Suite

2. Connect the N900 in PC Suite Mode. A nice confirmation is displayed after a successful connection

3. From the Menu, Select Tools -> ‘Connect to internet’ to bring up the wizard.

4. Select Country / Carrier

6. Thats it! Turned out that Ovi uses for the default APN setting for T-Mobile. This didn’t work for me. After changing it to from Tools -> Options, I was able to connect and surf.

My initial experience with Ovi Suite was great.  The integration with the N900 was good enough for me to get what I wanted quickly. Although I don’t use Windows daily, it is nice to know that the N900 is well supported. It’d be great if Bluetooth was this easy too :). I’ll leave that for the next post.

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

Tethered N900 to Ubuntu 9.10 via Bluetooth

February 4, 2010 3 comments

Lars’ comment inspired me to give Bluetooth tethering a shot – again, something I have never tried before with any device. Sure enough, it is possible and thanks to Ubuntu, extremely easy. No command line required. All that is needed is:

The blueman front-end is optional but it makes the process simple. Right-click device -> Serial Ports -> Dialup Service. Once the N900 is connected, select the Broadband connection from the Network Manager. My MobileVikings connection worked flawlessly.