PdaNet

Use your Android phone as a modem

PdaNet lets you tether your computer to your phone's Internet connection using your USB cable, and it's really simple to set up. View full description

PROS

  • Quick and simple to set up
  • Can be set to auto-connect when USB is plugged

CONS

  • Use may violate the terms of your phone contract

Very good
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PdaNet lets you tether your computer to your phone's Internet connection using your USB cable, and it's really simple to set up.

Trying to find a WiFi hotspot to connect your laptop or netbook can be quite a mission at times. With PdaNet though, you can ensure you can always get your computer connected - using your Android phone. You just need to download and install the desktop client on your PC then follow the on-screen instructions. Note that you may have to download driver software if PdaNet doesn't recognize your device.

Once you're done, install the PdaNet mobile client on your Android. Then, connect your Android phone using the USB cable, and your computer should pick up the data connection from your phone and be able to piggyback on that. An icon will appear in your System Tray informing you of the connection status. From here you can alter the settings in PdaNet, which include auto-connecting when the cable is attached, showing network icon when connected, and using Google DNS.

I should point out that tethering your phone's connection in the way that PdaNet permits is frowned upon by many network operators. So, if you have a contract then you should really check the terms and conditions of service before proceeding to use the app, so you can avoid getting into any hot water with your provider.

All in all though, PdaNet offers a simple and reliable way of connecting your computer to the internet using your phone's connection.

Changes

  • Improves performance and fixes multiple connection issues. Now allows you to hide Tether usage.
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PdaNet 3.00

User reviews about PdaNet

  • "Keeps dropping"

    Wish I could figure out why it keeps dropping ...Code 1 is displayed.... Irritating. More.

    reviewed on April 9, 2013

  • joanepappaswhite

    by joanepappaswhite

    "Solved my problems with o "challenged" local provider with very high fees. "

    I use it exclusively now! We had such bad (and expensive) service with the loca rural cable provider that I was desparat... More.

    reviewed on March 29, 2013

  • limejuice

    by limejuice

    "Paid Version worse than free"

    Foxfi worked great on my Droid Razr max until I upgraded to the paid version and PDANet. I was immediately cut off with ... More.

    reviewed on March 23, 2013

  • rashida.a.johnson

    by rashida.a.johnson

    "Overall, it's a pretty decent."

    Sometimes it is unstable and my phone has problems connecting, but it generally works in a pinch and with much prayer. (... More.

    reviewed on January 29, 2013

  • Frankfirter

    by Frankfirter

    "caught!"

    PDA net installed easily and worked for a few minutes, then I got a notice on my Chrome browser that Cricket wants $10 a... More.

    reviewed on March 5, 2012

  • jreink01

    by jreink01

    "Best tethering program out there"

    Ive had this about a week now. Works as advertised. I am not tech savvy, but walks you through step by step, actually mo... More.

    reviewed on September 14, 2011