Want to utilizing Android-based smartphone as an access point? Or want to connect it with computer and make it work as a modem? If yes, you can use PdaNet application. PdaNet could used as a bridge between Android smartphone (which serves as a modem) with a computer (which serves as a client).
What is required are Android smartphone with internet connection, a PC, and data cable with USB connection. Supported operating systems for computers is Windows and Mac OS. For majority Android phones, PdaNet could be run without rooting process.
Besides for Windows and Android, PdaNet are also available for various platforms such as Blackberry OS, IOS, Windows Mobile, and Palm OS. Besides Data cable, you can use a Bluetooth connection and Wi-Fi as the connector between computer and smartphone. But, for two of the wireless connection, you must install additional applications on Android, namely FoxFi application. FoxFi itself can be used for free.
Installation can be done easily. Its stages too simple and has guided for a novice user can use it without problems. You must install PdaNet on computers to be used. You also need to install PdaNet Android version which can be found through Google Play Store (formerly known as Google Market).
Once the installation is done on both devices, the configuration is done via smartphone. If you want to use wireless connections (Bluetooth / Wi-Fi), USB data cable still needed for installation process. Furthermore, cable could be removed and a wireless connection can be enabled.
Especially for users outside United States and Canada, PdaNet can be used for free and legally without any feature reduction. PdaNet application allows the owner to make Android smartphone as a modem. This application can even be developed for the Android smartphone to function as a hotspot utilizing a Bluetooth connection and Wi-Fi.
|Type||Free (outside U.S. and Canada)|
|Installation Size||117 KB / 2.7 MB (Android / Windows)|
|Operating System||Android/iOS/BlackBerry OS/Windows Mobile/PalmOS, Windows, Mac OS.|
Plus: Free for users outside the U.S. and Canada; support USB connections, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi; easy activation
Minus: Wi-Fi and Bluetooth require additional applications FoxFi