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  • First time using iPhone tethered!

    Ok, I just tethered my iPhone to my CarPC using USB only and am now browsing mp3car forums VIA 3G! Pretty sweet, decent quick, plenty for what I plan on doing... Anyway, I was excited and wanted to share!

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    Interesting I didn't know you could tether iPhone via USB. I been tethering iPhone to CarPC using PdaNet and wireless adhoc connection.

    Thanks for the info
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    • #3
      Yeah, it's pretty sick! I didn't want to pay for a wifi card for my carpc and since I already planned on docking my iPhone in the car (charge while using Bluetooth to talk) USB tether seemed obvious so I researched it...

      How much is involved in activating the wifi tether? With USB I have to run some kind of one line cmd script and a program called Tunnelier (I think) and now I'm thinking, I need a away for this to run automatically everytime the iPhone is detected... Any thoughts?

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      • #4
        What did you have to do to your iphone to get this to work?

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        • #5
          Jailbreak and install OpenSSH as well as BossPrefs. That's it on the phone side (as far as I remember).

          On another note, While this works amazing and is currently allowing me to post on here at near wifi speeds, there is a problem: everytime I disconnect the iPhone while the connection is open my PC blue-screens! This is a big problem and I have no clue how to solve it. All I know is this won't due for in the car. I need to be able to pull the phone from the dock at anytime, not to mention placing it back on there and having it reconnect. Anyone have any thoughts... I'm clueless on in depth PC stuff!!!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by booksix View Post
            Jailbreak and install OpenSSH as well as BossPrefs. That's it on the phone side (as far as I remember).

            On another note, While this works amazing and is currently allowing me to post on here at near wifi speeds, there is a problem: everytime I disconnect the iPhone while the connection is open my PC blue-screens! This is a big problem and I have no clue how to solve it. All I know is this won't due for in the car. I need to be able to pull the phone from the dock at anytime, not to mention placing it back on there and having it reconnect. Anyone have any thoughts... I'm clueless on in depth PC stuff!!!

            Is there an option to safety remove your hardware when you go to disconnect USB drives?

            Can you post a pic of your setup (the phone in the dock). Is this just a USB connection or did you buy a Iphone docking station. (I don't have an iphone, so that's why I am unsure - I may be getting one soon though if you get internet on your Carpc though..).

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            • #7
              Not in reference to the software that connects the PC to the iPhone. But even if there was, that's worthless to me... I'd never deal with having a system I have several steps to connect/disconnect. I want to pop the iPhone in and have the PC connect and when I leave the car I want to turn the key off, grab my phone and go.

              As far as the dock, I don't have one yet, I'm still bench testing. But I will get one and mold it into my console.

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              • #8
                If your CarPC has wifi this would be the simplest way to tether. But you need to Jailbreak iPhone (which every iPhone owner should do any way) instructions can be found here http://www.iclarified.com/entry/index.php?enid=1881. Once Jailbroken you will have Cydia installed which you will use to intall PdaNet.

                Once this is done you simply create an adhoc (computer to computer) network on your CarPC. Connect to your adhoc wireless network on iPhone then run Pdanet which turns iPhone into a router giving your CarPC access to the internet.

                Here a tutorial on setting up iPhone tether using PdaNet and adhoc connection its really pretty simple http://www.theiphoneblog.com/2008/10...r-with-pdanet/

                After the initial setup all you have to do is open PdaNet on iPhone when ever CarPc needs internet access.
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                • #9
                  Thanks Kimota, but it doesn't, and I see no reason to have it (rare wifi hot spots, poor reception + I already pay for internet on my iPhone). Those are the reasons I won't waste the cash on a wifi card. I figured USB would be a great solution. Hopefully I can find someone who knows enough about programming or whatever to help me find a solution to the crashes currently associated with the USB internet iphone deal...

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                  • #10
                    I'd consider getting a wifi card for your CarPc they are fairly cheap (I got mine free pulled mini-pci card from an old laptop). In my opinion wifi is the easiest way to tether iPhone.

                    I never used USB tethering with iPhone but have done it with Windows Mobile phone and found it very problematic.
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                    • #11
                      Yeah, I suppose I'll end up going that route. Just to throw it out there though: it works great on XP... you just have to logoff the connection before pulling the iphone plug. thanks Kimota

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by booksix View Post
                        Yeah, I suppose I'll end up going that route. Just to throw it out there though: it works great on XP... you just have to logoff the connection before pulling the iphone plug. thanks Kimota
                        Thanks for the info (both of you).

                        As soon as I get my Front End issues worked out, I'll probably get an iphone and try this out.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by booksix View Post
                          Yeah, it's pretty sick! I didn't want to pay for a wifi card for my carpc and since I already planned on docking my iPhone in the car (charge while using Bluetooth to talk) USB tether seemed obvious so I researched it...

                          How much is involved in activating the wifi tether? With USB I have to run some kind of one line cmd script and a program called Tunnelier (I think) and now I'm thinking, I need a away for this to run automatically everytime the iPhone is detected... Any thoughts?
                          booksix,

                          Have you made any progress on this? I have SW dev skills but unfortunately not enough to help fix the blue-screen problem... iPhone users world-wide will bow at your feet if you can figure out a way to make this work seemlessly!

                          On a related note, you mentioned that you are using bluetooth to talk... are you connecting directly to your iphone with a BT headset or have you been able to integrate the phone with your PC somehow?

                          Thanks!
                          JoeBerni

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                          • #14
                            Hi, I also have an iphone that i tether to my carPC. I have installed a wireless access point in my car and the carpc is hard wired to this. The access point is running dd-wrt on it and is currently bridged to my home network. It currently work perfectly with the iphone and with dd-wrt it open's up the possibility of automitic scripting on the access point itself, along with wol features and the carpc is hardwired. I'm currently working on a small script for dd-wrt that will automatically bridge to eircom(Irish ppl :P) access point's on the fly as I drive.

                            PS: I have an autoit script for the iphone that might be useful to you too. I also have my iphone tethered to my carPC and wanted to be able to view my text messages on the carPC so I wrote a small script that connects via ssh to the iphone and reads the text messages from the phone. It's far from perfect but it does work well. I'm planning on integrating it with Roadrunner later on. I'll post it up later on today after work :P.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by d_mc_a View Post
                              Hi, I also have an iphone that i tether to my carPC. I have installed a wireless access point in my car and the carpc is hard wired to this. The access point is running dd-wrt on it and is currently bridged to my home network. It currently work perfectly with the iphone and with dd-wrt it open's up the possibility of automitic scripting on the access point itself, along with wol features and the carpc is hardwired. I'm currently working on a small script for dd-wrt that will automatically bridge to eircom(Irish ppl :P) access point's on the fly as I drive.

                              PS: I have an autoit script for the iphone that might be useful to you too. I also have my iphone tethered to my carPC and wanted to be able to view my text messages on the carPC so I wrote a small script that connects via ssh to the iphone and reads the text messages from the phone. It's far from perfect but it does work well. I'm planning on integrating it with Roadrunner later on. I'll post it up later on today after work :P.
                              It's kind of funny that every time someone posts about integrating the iPhone into their CarPC setup they seem to disappear never to be heard of again. Maybe Apple is "eliminating" potential threats to their absurdly strong grip on the iPhone platform???

                              d_mc_a: wow... thanks for posting about this!
                              I'm willing to risk it and would love to see the script you made to get SMS messages off of your iPhone. Please share it when you can.

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