iPhone: NetShare success, and running AppleShare

On Saturday I successfully shared my iPhone’s 3G internet connection with two laptops we brought with us to Thorold.

It was a bit tricky, because the iPhone seemed to latch on to the WiFi connection provided by the peer-to-peer network created on the laptops.
The trick turned out to be running Safari on the iPhone, which would kick it into using the 3G network (since the peer-to-peer network had no route to the internet).

Once the iPhone was on the 3G network, I ran NetShare.
Both laptops set the iPhone’s IP address as their SOCKS proxy, and we were off to the races (although Firefox was a bit stubborn about it – I had to use Safari to browse).

So it’s good to know that should we ever need internet access in Thorold, we can use the iPhone.
We can probably also use it in Wasaga, but I suspect that we would only get EDGE networking there, which is 10x slower than 3G.

I should note that even if you don’t have the NetShare iPhone app, you can achieve the same thing (on a jailbroken iPhone)
using ssh.

 

I also found another major reason to jailbreak your iPhone: running AppleShare.
My iPhone now shows up under AppleShare over the WiFi network, which allows me to transfer files back and forth with ease.
(Sorry Mike!)

It’s pretty cool to bring up a network browser and see “Reid’s iPhone” in the list of available file servers. :-)

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rae

Mac developer

3 thoughts on “iPhone: NetShare success, and running AppleShare”

  1. Let us know what your bill looks like when you get it. Rogers claims that the “unlimited” data plan only applies to the phone itself, not to using the phone with your laptop. I'll be curious to see if they notice it, since you used the phone as a SOCKS gateway…

  2. Hey there's a lot more to Briefcase than just holding your files:-) The alpha release is coming soon. I got delayed this weekend because I had to dig up and replace all of the pipes to my septic tank because they were leaking into my basement. It was an extraordinarily fun weekend.

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