iPhone NetShare & Proxifier: tethering HTTP access and more
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Despite evident quality and superiority of the Apple iPhone family over the rest of the world mobile phone models, there are rooms of improvement.
I mean, in the downside, many things are not so obvious to Apple as it is for the rest of the manufacturers. As a consequence iPhone users suffer from a lack of common features which I dare to call, must-have feature.
Among the list, one is the ability for iPhone users to share their preferred device internet connection with their Macs (or PC). This tethering operation is simply impossible for out-of-the box iPhones.
NullRiver hopefully have recently published the NetShare application on the iTunes store. As Apple did withdraw the app from the store a couple of times, its availability in the future is uncertain. But for those of your - lucky guys - who got a chance to buy it in time, I propose a small tutorial -- based on Nullriver's instruction and on my own experience of this sort of things.
First of all, let's start with a legal thing: NullRiver licence agreement states that its software is for people having a data plan that explicitly authorizes tethering. As you must know, most of carriers -- including AT&T -- prohibit you from tethering.
When NetShare is available again, you should be able to buy and download it straight from iTunes, here
Preparing your Mac
Setting up a new connection: the following step will only be performed once. As a result one gets a new connection that one use anytime we want to access the internet thru the iPhone.
Switching to the connection: this is the step one need to perform anytime we want to access to the internet thru the iPhone
Once this is done, you've been given an ad-hoc connection to NetShare WIFI network.
Preparing your iPhone
You now should have NetShare showing 192.168.10.1 as the IP, 1080 as the port and should give you realtime statistics: number of proxy connections, and downlink and uplink bandwidth.
Not that you get access to the net as long as NetShare still runs. That mean that if your iPhone gets to sleep mode, your internet access will be stopped. This is why I advise you to select Never as the preferred value for the iPhone sleep mode.
Enjoy your tethering
On your Mac, launch Safari and enjoy Web browsing.
What's about other applications?
Alas, this app only works for Safari, or any app you may have that supports SOCKS proxy.
Skype, MSN, iChat etc. won't work then.
But you could be lucky today. There exists an application that you can buy which makes its best to route all TCP traffic to your SOCKS proxy. This application is Proxifier
Setting up Proxifier
From now own, Proxifier routes all your traffic to the proxy. You can monitor this by opening the monitor window (Window|Show Monitor or shift-L)
So now, what we have? I tested many applications with that configuration. Most of them works as expected, but some do not.
Among those that work we have:
Among those that do not work we have:
Still to be tested:
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