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Unlimited Tethering for ZTE Zmax Pro MetroPCS/T-Mobile

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by anubis2048, Sep 20, 2016.

  1. nblain1

    nblain1 Lurker

    I have the ZTE Zmax Pro on MetroPCS. Does this updated method only work with a USB tether? I've tried editing to DWORD value to 65 in hex and use this method over WIFI tether using FoxFi, but I am still showing tether data usage.


  2. anubis2048

    anubis2048 Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    It works on both USB and Wifi tethering. If it is being detected then you must have done something wrong. It is never detected for me.
  3. bacrito

    bacrito Lurker

    Will the TTL trick work with any phone? I'm using pdanet on a Galaxy light, and a month ago Metropcs suddenly started noticing I was tethering, and throttled me. I had used pdanet for years without issue, but it's no longer hiding the tethering. Is there a way for me to test the TTL approach without actually going up to my data limit? I don't want to risk losing my emergency internet connection too early in the billing cycle. Thanks for all the info here.

    Another issue I have is Pdanet dropping its USB connection frequently. That didn't happen before.
    #78 bacrito, Oct 31, 2016
    Last edited: Oct 31, 2016
  4. anubis2048

    anubis2048 Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    The TTL trick should work. Just use Foxfi.
    bacrito likes this.
  5. bacrito

    bacrito Lurker

    Thanks. Foxfi won't work on my phone, according to the Pdanet site's info. Although I could try it. I'm comfortable using USB.
  6. Charbae

    Charbae Lurker

    Tried this to no avail.... Tried dword and q(64bit) still eating data???
  7. Charbae

    Charbae Lurker

    Nvm it's working!!!!! **** dude you're awesome
  8. Charbae

    Charbae Lurker

    Nvm not working. Lol
  9. anubis2048

    anubis2048 Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    Dword 32bit. Value 65 as hexadecimal.
  10. FatLikeJobba

    FatLikeJobba Lurker

    Still detecting??? Did everything...to the T.....still detecting
  11. Piplup702

    Piplup702 Member

    Still detecting my usage as well..
  12. Masterchief87

    Masterchief87 Android Expert

    Since I'm running Linux I had to do some searching for the proper command to change the ttl. This command worked for me on Linux (Manjaro 64bit). Note you have to re enter the command every time you reboot the PC but it should work on any arch or Debian based distro.

    echo 65 | sudo tee /proc/sys/net/ipv4/ip_default_ttl
  13. FatLikeJobba

    FatLikeJobba Lurker

    How with windows 10 and Android?
  14. Jokder

    Jokder Lurker

    I'm confused here, it works with WiFi just fine, but I cannot get tethering to work at all, it's like it doesn't detect my phone, anyone have any ideas?
  15. Masterchief87

    Masterchief87 Android Expert

    USB tethering with foxfi and pdanet+ doesn't work with this phone.

    Edit: I also noticed that, at least on my phone, it doesn't matter whether I enable the hotspot through foxfi, pdanet+, the quick settings toggle, or through the mobile hotspot launcher shortcut. It works the same no matter which way I do it.

    I did notice however that after a while the TTL value seems to switch back to the default value (on my nexus 7 tablet and my Linux PC) and I have to change it back to 65 again.
  16. anubis2048

    anubis2048 Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    Native USB tethering with the TTL trick seems to be undetected.
  17. followed to a T, i now have unlimited tether, no data being used on wifi to my Win10 lappy, ill try my Kali box when I get home monday. Thx a 1,000,000,000,000 to ya'll cause im stressed with no Inet at the house. Im very out in the sticks and there is no land based option at all for me, very bad when ya got that techno-lust... ive been playing with yagi and wifi "borrowing" but i have no donnors to borrow from.
  18. I tried to do it on Windows 10 it didn't work Tether still detecting usage on both USB tethering and Wi-Fi tethering whether activated through Foxfi not.

    I have already Edited the TTL in Windows 10 restarted and checked to make sure that it's coming up with 65 in command prompt.

    Am I missing something do I need to use a proxy for the computer or is there a specific way I need to do it differently in windows 10? Any help would be appreciated thank you.
  19. Piplup702

    Piplup702 Member

    I followed the instructions and at first it didn't work, but after my usage reset at the start of a new bill cycle it's working fine. Been gaming on my PC all month, downloaded probably 15gbs or so from steam and Uplay, says I've only used 3gbs. I also have windows 10. I usually turn on foxfi before I turn my PC on
  20. wacktool

    wacktool Newbie

    Thanks for this info. It is working like a champ for me. My setup is on T-Mobile.
    Cell Provider: T-Mobile
    Cell Plan: Simple Choice Unlimited LTE data with 7GB LTE Tethering
    Phone: Unlocked BLU Studio 7.0 LTE (Unrooted aka Stock) running Android 5.1.1.
    Tethering App: I am using FOXFI/PDA Net+ version 4.19.1.
    Laptop: MacBook running MAC OS Sierra
    Laptop Setting: Open terminal and enter : sudo sysctl -w net.inet.ip.ttl=65
    How I validated: T-Mobile data usage app is near realtime. Downloaded Ubuntu ISO's, Linux Distro ISO's. About 5 gigs worth and only my phone data went up and my tethering data did not.
    Connection Tested: WIFI worked (didn't check USB or BT DUN)

    Thought I would share my setup incase it helps others.
  21. MoonMan83

    MoonMan83 Newbie

    Hello, I need a little help with the setup. I have the original Zmax and I want to tether internet to an android TV box. I downloaded the TTL app on my zmax and it reads my TTL as 64. Do I just download the app on my android box and input 64? P.S. WiFi tether router no longer works as Metro PCs detects usage.

    *nvm I figured it out. Thanks to the guys who found this workaround.
    #96 MoonMan83, Nov 29, 2016
    Last edited: Nov 29, 2016
  22. ygb

    ygb Newbie

    On T-Mobile. Suddenly stopped connecting. No upsell, just nothing. Went back to proxy server but that is giving me lots of errors, can't even visit this site on PC.
  23. Tadgeman

    Tadgeman Newbie

    Anyone with metropcs and/or zmax pro getting around the data? I just got unlimited data, foxit full. I have two things under usage option. "Data Usage" and "Mobile Hotspot Usage".

    The TTL plan still work for others?

    10:20 - I think i got the trick correctly. I'm testing.
    "Mobile Hotspot Usage" shows 393MB out of 8GB
    While the data usage itself is 1.3GB - Updating League of Legends since it is a decent size update.

    I'll update tomorrow how the night goes.
    #98 Tadgeman, Dec 9, 2016
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2016
  24. Masterchief87

    Masterchief87 Android Expert

    Just changing the ttl is all you need. There is no need for foxfi. All I do is turn on the hotspot using the toggle in the quicksettings then change the ttl from 64 to 65 on whatever device I connect to the hotspot and I don't get throttled at all. You might also need a user agent switcher for windows. I'm not sure about windows because I only use Manjaro Linux and Android.
  25. Tadgeman

    Tadgeman Newbie

    I don't mind Foxfi, although you would be right, may not need it. The TTL trick is working, for Hex though i had to put the actual number of 65 (putting the number to something of 0000101) at the end.

    As of right now my stats show
    Data Usage of 4.1GB
    Hotspot Usage of 401MB

    It's definitely something even though hotspot usage moves up, it's incredible slow compared to how much data I"m using.

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