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Tethering or wi-fi hot spot to a Mac

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  1. bboyswoosh87

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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.



    Heres the link to the story
    Tethering and a hot spot on the Nexus S | Android Atlas - CNET Blogs
     

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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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    You should still be able to do Wi-Fi tethering, I'd imagine.
     
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    It says both don't work that pretty much means i won't be upgrading.
     
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    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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    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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    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.

    I rarely trust anything Cnet says
     
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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 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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