Mooching of­fice in­ter­net

Mac Format - - APPLE TALK -

I work in a base­ment where I can’t get my iPhone 4 online. The PCs get online us­ing ca­bles but don’t have Wi-Fi. Can I use USB to hook my phone up to a PC and share its con­nec­tion? Jean Bar­doit Not in iOS; your phone won’t ac­cept a net­work con­nec­tion over USB – this can only be used to charge and sync with lo­cal de­vices. Get­ting around this re­stric­tion would in­volve fairly ex­ten­sive re-en­gi­neer­ing of the net­work­ing code and jail­break­ing your phone, but that’s a very com­pli­cated setup just to get online. I think a more con­ve­nient ap­proach would be to plug a small wire­less router into a spare Eth­er­net socket at work. If you don’t have spare socket nearby, you could do this with a Wi-Fi card or don­gle for your PC. But you’ll prob­a­bly need you to sweet talk your com­pany’s IT depart­ment for per­mis­sion to do ei­ther.

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