odd question about tethering

Discussion in 'Android Hacks and Help' started by Sarreq Teryx, Feb 11, 2010.

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    specifically, are there any apps, hacks or mods out there which act as a firewall and can mask the tethered computer's user string, hypothetically preventing further the discovery by the service provider that you ARE tethering?
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    No.......not that I've ever seen anywhere
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    They find out your tethering by the amount of Data that you use.
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    except you could easily go over 5000MB with just the phone, and just as easily go nowhere near that while tethered. I've done both already
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    is there a free app to tether?
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    pdanet over bluetooth
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    is pdanet free?
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    wifi tethering but you have to be rooted
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    so direct tethering (USB) works without root, or you need to root to tether?
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    No root req for pdanet. It is free but after the trial period, you're not able to connect with https if you continue to use the free version.
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    Way to thread-Hijack, Marko :p

    But I'll answer your question anyway. To Summarize: There are two ways to tether:

    PDANet
    Cost: Free if you are ok with just http connections, $30 if you must have https and other protocols
    Prerequisites: None, just install app from Market, root not needed
    Tether Types: Bluetooth (standard), USB (client required)

    WiFi Tether
    Cost: Free
    Prerequisites: Requires root, a custom kernel, and the wifi tether app
    Tether Types: Bluetooth (standard), WEP WiFi (standard), no wired tether available at the moment.

    WiFi tether is generally preferred because it's easy for the client to set up - just connect to a wireless access point. Bluetooth uses less power, but isn't AS standard. USB tethering requires a driver.
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    bluetooth tethering with it is completely free. USB tethering is free unless you want to use HTTPS, then it's $30.
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    but anyway, can anyone answer my original question?
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    Someone posted a screenshot of a guy who tethered a stupid amount of data for years and has never been charged by Verizon. Something along the lines of 12gb+ a month...
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    I believe the Dolphin browser will allow you to change the string.
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    Which was? I don't see a question posted by you?
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    Sarreq is not a common work or name, so I think he has 2 accounts he is posting from.

    The question has is there an app to change the user agent string for web requests when tethering.
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    You can get a user agent switcher addon for Firefox that will allow you to change it, however, you will run into websites redirecting you to their mobile versions.
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    My apologies for hijacking your thrread. Anyway, I am not aware of any, but if I do find any, I will post back here.

    I am interested in this as well as I was able to successfully tether and run my slingbox which was pulling in about 300-400kb/s. So wouldn't take long to rack up some data. I only plan on watching for the rare instance I'm a passenger on the road and I can't miss the game. Otherwise I'll be wifi.

    My usage is usually between .5 and 1gb/mo, so even with the rate occasion I do tether, I'd be lucky to push 3 or even 4gb per month. I don't think you're going to raise any red flags until you get to 5gb/mo.

    Soon this may be a thing of the past when LTS is implemented. I think VW is concerned now because they could potentially run into capacity issues in certain heavy use 3G areas.