With the fall of the prices of the mobile internet is increasingly common for people to share the broadband connection for a mobile connection, shared with all devices in the house. The most common way to do this is by purchasing a chip with an active data plan and insert the same in a 3G router, which will distribute the internet via cable or the same wi-fi throughout the house.
However if you already have an Android phone and not in need of your shared connection all the time, an interesting way to have internet on other devices is to share the data plan of the device. All Android devices from version 2.2 has the option of making the so-called “Tethering” which is nothing more than to share the 3G internet through Wi-Fi. In this case, the phone serves as a wireless router that creates a wireless network and various devices such as laptop or even other mobile devices can connect to the internet through this network.
Another option that I use most frequently is the so-called “USB Tethering” that does the same thing but instead of creating a 3G network, the phone becomes a kind of 3G modem, it is detected and installed on the computer when it is switched on. In Windows 7 and using Android 2.3.7 CyanogenMod 7 on Motorola Milestone the modem was detected and installed automatically.
The connection speed on the PC was exactly the same as that offered by the 3G connection of the mobile phone. I did some speed tests and haven’t noticed any losses. The main advantage I saw in using the link by the USB rather than the tethering of wi-fi is that the phone charges the battery while it is plugged into the USB and you do not run the risk of forgetting to plug it in to the charger before.
Now that you know how to share and phone’s internet with your computer, just take care not to burst the franchise data, if you have one!