I have a new Dell cpu that does not seem to have a modem. This is ok because I am using an Alltel cell phone tethered to the laptop as my modem, however I am having trouble loading the alltel software. After I downloaded the software the wizard comes up to walk me through the setup, then it gets to a point and says your computer will now use the modem wizard to install the phone as a modem. Nothing ever happens after I hit next. It seems to be looking for a wizard that doesnt exist on my cpu. what can I do to get the alltel software loaded?
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The process of converting android phones to modem is called Tethering.
Before looking for and purchasing a suitable app, you will need a few things:
Android phone Android phone drivers for your laptop or PC's operating system USB cable
You should also be aware that using your mobile as a modem will impact on your data plan, so make sure that tethering your phone won't result in a huge bill from your network. Note also that some networks block tethering, which is why you might need to root your Android.
The first thing you need to do is find a suitable app. Several are available from the Market each with different requirements. Some must be paid for, whereas the free ones will usually require root access.
Four popular Android tethering apps are:
PDANet - costs $10 and doesn't require root access; also requires a desktop app. EasyTether -this app is also $10 and doesn't require a rooted phone. Tethering Widget - a free tethering app that requires your Android to be rooted. Tethering - a free app that doesn't require rooting.
(I personally prefer tethering bcause its free)
Once downloaded and installed, these apps can then be tethered with a USB cable to use your Android cell as a modem for your computer.
Now that you have chosen and installed a suitable app to use your Android phone as a wireless modem, you can take advantage of the functionality it delivers. Once your phone is connected to your PC or laptop you should find that with the app installed and running, and the correct drivers installed on your PC, the computer will detect your phone as a modem and let you access the Internet with it.
There are differences in the various apps at this stage (for instance PDANet employs a client app on your PC) so you will need to check the instructions for the one you choose. The general rule is that with mobile internet active on your phone, your Android connected by USB to your computer and the application running, your PC will now be able to use the phone as a new network connection!
Most of the time on laptops if there is no phone input for a modem you cannot just plug in and dial up. The process i use at home for my pc is dialing through my cell phone. If your carrier will allow you to tether your phone without extra charges check your phone manufacturers website for modem software. You then just connect your phone through a usb cable and set a internet connection matching your carriers instructions. Another solution is dificult without networking knowledge but you can set up a home pc with a wireless antennae as a ad-hoc server through internet connection sharing and then allow your laptop to connect through the "server" pc.
The Alias 2 can, in fact, be used as an external modem to connect
your computer to the Internet. To do this, the phone must plug into the
computer via USB. The USB data cable specific for the phone is
purchased separately and can be found at most any cellular phone store and eBay. Because USB is a powered connection, anytime the phone is
plugged into the computer for use as a modem, it will also remain
charging, so you don't have to worry about battery life while online.
In addition to the cable, you must subscribe to a specific service
through your cellular provider in order to use the Alias 2 as a modem.
This plan will be a "tethering" plan and will have a separate charge
each month to use it, similar to a cell phone's data plan. By signing up
for this feature, your phone will be able to dial into the data network
and utilize the Internet connection as a modem, allowing any connected
computer to surf the Internet. Once this feature has been activated on
your account the option will become available on the phone itself to
At this point, you should be able to turn on
tethering, connect the phone to your computer via USB cable and select
the phone on your computer as an Internet connection source.
is important to note, however, that the Alias 2 uses a different and
slightly older system on the 3G cellular network. Because of this, using
the phone as an external modem will produce a slightly slower Internet
connection than a traditional modem or even a newer phone would.
However, as a backup solution for Internet connectivity or a travel
solution, the Alias 2 will work just fine as a modem for your computer