How to Tether With an iPad


Tethering is a process by which one device shares its Internet connection with another. This is done either using a connecting cable or a wireless protocol, such Wi-Fi or Bluetooth. Apple has not directly equipped the iPad to accept an Internet tether from another device, preferring instead to rely on a direct Wi-Fi connection or the 3G cellular data network. It is possible, however, to tether an iPad via a mobile device that is able to act as a portable Wi-Fi router.

Things You'll Need

  • Wi-Fi tethering-equipped cell phone
  • Acquire a portable device capable of receiving a cellular data signal and acting as a Wi-Fi router. This could be a jail-broken iPhone with a suitable application running, a cell phone, a smartphone or a portable 3G router. Follow its instructions to begin transmitting a Wi-Fi signal.

  • Launch the iPad's "Settings" application, and tap the "Wi-Fi" button. The iPad will automatically scan for wireless networks within range.

  • Tap the entry for your portable Wi-Fi router. If requested, enter the security key and tap the "Connect" button. The iPad will now receive an Internet connection from the Wi-Fi router.

Tips & Warnings

  • To share an iPhone's Internet connection, the iPhone must be jail-broken and running an application such as MyWi.
  • Both Nokia and BlackBerry smartphones have applications available from their respective app stores that allow them to act as a Wi-Fi router.
  • The iPad will consume more data than a cell phone, so keep an eye on your usage to avoid excessive charges.

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