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Old January 19th, 2011, 09:03 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So, I just read on cnet that I cannot tether my Macbook pro or any Mac Os x products is this true. Thats weird since I can do it on my Nexus One. Can anyone tell me if this is true I was thinking of upgrading to the Nexus S, but that is one feature I do not want to give up. I tether my macbook at school using my Nexus one and its really useful.



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Tethering and a hot spot on the Nexus S | Android Atlas - CNET Blogs

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Old January 19th, 2011, 12:32 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have tried looking everywhere. And as far as I know that is correct. All the articles i read say Macs don't allow usb tethering.
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Old January 19th, 2011, 02:06 PM   #3 (permalink)
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You should still be able to do Wi-Fi tethering, I'd imagine.
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Old January 20th, 2011, 01:26 AM   #4 (permalink)
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It says both don't work that pretty much means i won't be upgrading.
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Old January 20th, 2011, 02:14 AM   #5 (permalink)
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It says both don't work that pretty much means i won't be upgrading.
When tethering wirelessly, the Nexus S just makes your usual Wi-Fi hotspot. I suppose I could see OSX being particular about what hotspots it lets you connect to, but it would be Apple's fault, not Android's.
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Old January 20th, 2011, 06:45 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I've successfully done wi-fi tethering on my Nexus One, so I can't see why it should be different for the Nexus S. As for USB I can't honestly say sorry.
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I can tether my iPhone to my Nexus S wirelessly using the wifi hot spot with no problem.
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I tether my Nexus S and MacBook Air and it works great.
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Old January 20th, 2011, 04:28 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I tether my Nexus S and MacBook Air and it works great.
There we go. Seems the Mac user in the review just didn't know what he was talking about.
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Yeah that's complete BS. I've tethered my NS using WiFi hotspot to my Macbook Pro several times, and it works great. Now USB is another story, but I don't see the point when the hotspot feature is there. You CAN tether using USB, but it seems that the guide I read about it was quite complicated and involved using a command line and way too many steps. Some people will argue that you can charge while doing USB tethering, but last time I checked, you can plug the phone in while doing WiFi hotspot as well.

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Thanks a lot this was really helpful looks like i'll be upgrading to a Nexus S
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I tether my Nexus S and MacBook Air and it works great.
I have a Dell Laptop and my daughters have a Macbook Pro and I've been able to tether to them both (simultaneously even!)
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I know this is late to the party but I just ran into this issue right now and found this thread while I was searching on now to tether lol. I can confirm that just plugging in the usb alone will not tether. I did not dig any deeper into the usb tether because hotspot works great. I am using wifi hotspot now to type this. I just turned on the hotspot feature and my mac found it right away.
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I use HTC desire on a MacBook - I found wifi worked well - I am currently connected using EasyTether but I also made a connection using the instructions I found in this link
https://secure.kitserve.org.uk/content/how-usb-tether-android-phone-mac-os-x-computer
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