PDANet for the iPhone is the first application to truly offer you an option for sharing your iPhone’s internet connection with your computer. It doesn’t use proxy or socks protocols with complex setup procedures; it simply turns your iPhone into a wireless router. This is a step by step how-to guide on getting PDANet up and running with your iPhone with Windows Vista.
1) The first step is to jailbreak your iPhone if it hasn’t been done already. Follow the link below for a great how-to guide on jail breaking 2.1.
2) Download PDANet from Cydia. It will be in the Networking section.
3) Once installed, the next step is to create an adhoc wireless connection with your computer. There are a few variations on the way to do this but the following I found to work best with the iPhone.
a) Go to “control panel” and click on “Network and Sharing Center” if in classic view or view network status and tasks under the “Network and Internet” title if in the standard view.
On the left hand side click the “Manage network connections” link. Navigate to your wireless connection, right click and go to properties.
Select the one that says “Internet Protocol Version 4” and hit the properties button below.
Make sure that in both sections it is set to automatically get the ip and DNS settings. If it isn’t right down the current settings so that after you stop using PDANet you can revert back to the original settings so you can get back on your normal wireless network.
b) Now close all the windows you just opened except the Network and Sharing Center. Select “Connect to a network”. Go to the bottom of the window and hit “Set up a connection or network”. Hit the set up a wireless ad hoc network option and go next.
Read the following and hit next. This next screen will allow you to name your network and put on security if you choose. I named mine iPhone 3G, something nice and easy to remember. Choose your security type and password. I didn’t use one for this guide and just selected “No authentication”. If you wish to use this again I would suggest ticking the save this network box. Now your computer is ready and waiting to accept connections from your phone.
c) *Note* This step is only required if you wish to connect to your pc with a static ip. This may be useful if you are having problems. Otherwise just create a adhoc connection like below and leave the settings to default (DHCP).
Go to your iPhone and go to Settings then Wi-Fi Networks. Click on the wireless adhoc connection you just created, in my case iPhone 3G. Press the blue arrow to bring you to the settings. Press on the Static tab and enter the following details, leaving the rest blank.
IP Address: 169.254.70.84
Subnet Mask: 255.255.0.0
Go back to the main Wi-Fi section and click on the name of your wireless adhoc and which will connect you to it. It will show a tick next to it once you have successfully connected.
4) Now finally just go to PDANet and fire it up. Go to the bottom and switch on “Wi-Fi router”. Now press the home button to exit. Even if you exit the program, or start use the iPhone the connection will remain.
Congratulations your done! Just go back to your computer and fire up your browser and you should be connected to the net. Just be make sure to hook up your iPhone to a power outlet as this app eats up your battery.