Android 2.2 Froyo Internet hot spot

Internet tethering -- over USB and as a wireless hotspot -- is one of the bigger features built into Android 2.2 Froyo. And it's stupidly easy to set up and use. Just dive into the main wireless settings, tap the appropriate button, and connect your computer.

Check out the video after the break as we walk through the process and do a couple of very basic speed tests.

There are 28 comments

frkoutboy says:

Yay! Now the Palm Pre Plus has nothing special to offer anymore on the Verizon network! :P

qst4#AC says:

lol, you seriously don't think Verizon will find a way to lock it down. I want to see if they treat the two platforms differently since palm probably hasn't sold very many devices on their network.

helfone says:

1. funny "mistake" of picking up the wrong phone :P
2. Damn ur desktop is messy :P

gbhil#AC says:

ITT - 12 million desktop icons lol.

Nice walkthrough Phil. Looks awfully darn easy. Now all we need is the carriers to let it fly.

cjones says:

Cant wait to get 2.2 on the Evo next May. Should be nice. :)

Channan says:

I live in New Orleans and I always use the server in Hammond for my speed test. My speeds are always the fastest when I test with Hammond, and it's the one suggests for me anyway.

That looks so sweet! stuff like this makes me wanna jump on over. Now, all I have to do is wait for a high end android device that is sold directly by tmo.

Knottyc says:

Indeed it does! I recently tethered my MacBook when on vacation. What a kick it was to surf the net while DH was driving us to lunch at Margaritaville in Panama City Beach, FL!!
I LOVE my Incredible!!!

cronin1024 says:

Does USB tethering work on Mac OS X?

KrispyKrink says:


Google has always been super slow at coding anything for OS X.

rfmike says:

I like the iphone mistake, android its still ahead in the newest innovations.

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Qbancelli says:

Wow, Your 3G blows!

T-Mobile HSPA+ in NYC:

KrispyKrink says:

Jeez Google, no OS X USB tethering support! My BlackBerry can do that why not my N1?

gbhil#AC says:

Why ask Google? Works fine on other platforms (including BSD) because it follows standards. Any OS that can recognize and accept a standard wired network connection over USB should work.

I'm not a Mac user, so I'm not much help, but dig around for methods to connect a cable modem to a Mac via USB and start from there.

You lost him at standards.

Saneless says:

Finally, nice instant USB tethering for Linux. Works great for me.

ItnStln511 says:

Do you have to pay extra for this?

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Andromedo says:

Seeing the latency and throughput on this video reminded me why I just paid the ETF and fled from AT&T.

That must be 3x the latency I see on T-Mobile, even in a non-HSPA+ market.

selizfox says:

Anyone get this to work on a Samsung Moment? I can't find the setting on the phone?

selizfox says:

Anyone get this to work on a Samsung Moment? I can't find the setting on the phone?

ShaneOryan says:

how will this confict with the wireless hotspot option that verizon offers on android 2.1

I have gotten some pretty good speeds over USB tethering on the Droid with 2.1. Was able to watch movies online without pauses. My daughter uses my phone to play online games on the laptop while we drive. I've found the speed is all dependent on where you are and what you are connecting to.

pckocher says:

My 64-bit XP laptop wants me to install a driver for a device called "Android Phone." I don't think USB tethering is going to work until I do it.

Do I need to install the Android SDK for this, or can I just grab a single driver file somewhere? Thanks for the help.

Update: I've tried downloading some 64-bit Android drivers from various forums, but none have worked so far.

pckocher says:

Never mind - got it working! After trying to install phone drivers manually, I got things up and running by installing HTC Sync on the computer. The drivers were installed as part of the process, and tethering was a go.

It was harder on 64-bit XP Pro. This thread got me started, then I got drivers installed manually:

whizkidcat says:

why do I get Error Code 67 when I do exactly what you have done?
EVO Sprint no 4G