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Alright, so I've had a network in my room for several months now, connecting my XBox 360 to my sig rig and laptop, I have my sig rig wired, my 360 wired and sometimes wireless, and my laptop wireless. That all works fine.

Now we don't have cable or satellite internet (Used to have WildBlue ) but we cancelled it, so I took the wireless router (Linksys) and set up my network. My family recently got Android phones, and we are able to use the wireless modem on them to get on the internet with a 5GB limit each. Now since my Sig rig doesn't have a WiFi card, I downloaded the app "Easy Tether" and it works awesome. The only problem is that recently I have not been able to be plugged into my room network and also use Easy Tether. I emailed the developers and they said:

"Well, this is how IP routing works. There is nothing special in Easy Tether regarding this.

You should configure the static routing and/or configure name
resolving for your local LAN if you want to use with your Internet connection."

Now I am a noob to networking but am always excited to learn about it so can anybody tell me what this means and how to do/fix this?

Thanks guys if you need more info just say so.
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So you want to use your android phone to tether your PC, laptop and 360 for Internet?

I have a feeling you'll go flying past your cap rather quickly and have fun paying that amazingly high bill. Also it will be extremely high latency if you try to play online games.

I'm not sure if you're saying you need to bridge the wifi of the tethered android device so your desktop can use it or if you're saying you have a local LAN that is separate from the Internet.

What you probably want to do is use your linksys router as a bridge for your local LAN, connecting it to the network than be incredibly careful to only use ONE device at a time. One big update for the 360 or inadvertent service pack update and you'll be breaking the bank.

I'm actually still unclear on exactly what you want to do. Are you trying to get your sig rig onto the internet through the android? Or your laptop seems to only be on the internet your LAN but not both at once?

Also you could re-flash your android phone and get that tethering thing built into the OS for free.
 
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So you want to use your android phone to tether your PC, laptop and 360 for Internet?
Yes, and here is a pic of what happens when I am connected to my network and easy tether:
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Okay so you're already getting internet through the android, through USB perhaps, and also connected to the LAN.

What you need is a bridge. I think most modern "broadband routers" actually have this built in these days.

In this case a network bridge would latch onto the wifi signal your android is broadcasting, allowing you to connect to the network through Ethernet (of your desktop, 360, etc). You can buy a bridge specifically to do this, a router with this capability or I'm almost positive Windows XP/7 can actually do this on modern laptop hardware but I have not actually ever attempted this.

It would just be a matter of reading the documentation for your particular router to see if it is capable of it and/or buying a router that has this feature.

The tech support you mentioned above was absolutely right: this has nothing to do with easy tether.

I hope I have emphasized enough you should not attempt this without being fully aware of the consequences of going over your cap...
 
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Unless he has unlimited...
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Yeah, My main reason for doing this isn't for the 360, its so if I need to get on the internet on my laptop I don't have to disconnect and unplug and repeat. It gets old. Sorry I didn't explain very well the first time. And thanks, I'll try it in the morning.
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Unless he has unlimited...
We are actually thinking of switching to Sprint with unlimted data. Gaming may be laggy but at least I'll be able to get online on my 360 and chat will some people.
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I took the statement:

Quote:
on the internet with a 5GB limit
To mean a) he has a cap and b) I'm almost positive that's the unlimited-but-somehow-limited cap for phone-only. Verizon and ATT charge extra to "tether". Which they also provide the software for. So if he's using a 3rd party program like easy tether I'm guessing he's not paying the extra $30 or $40 for "tethering" provided by the mobile carrier.

Thus if he goes over by a lot he'll be surprised by the thousands of dollars in overages he'll get. Also online games will be pretty much unplayable.

I couldn't speak to sprint's caps or quality but I heard they were going to institute a cap if they haven't already. And it wouldn't surprise me if they also charge a special fee for the official ability to "tether" a device onto the phone.
 
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Quote:
Originally Posted by subassy View Post
I took the statement:



To mean a) he has a cap and b) I'm almost positive that's the unlimited-but-somehow-limited cap for phone-only. Verizon and ATT charge extra to "tether". Which they also provide the software for. So if he's using a 3rd party program like easy tether I'm guessing he's not paying the extra $30 or $40 for "tethering" provided by the mobile carrier.

Thus if he goes over by a lot he'll be surprised by the thousands of dollars in overages he'll get. Also online games will be pretty much unplayable.

I couldn't speak to sprint's caps or quality but I heard they were going to institute a cap if they haven't already. And it wouldn't surprise me if they also charge a special fee for the official ability to "tether" a device onto the phone.
Yeah on ATT I got a new phone that used some data somehow, and ATT sent a text saying I'd gone over $20 in data overage charges. The phone had only used 2MB. Luckily I was able to get the charges reversed when I returned the phone the next day.

With tethering, the risk of going over by a ton is fairly high. It's pretty hard to track the data usage of PC programs these days...
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We have U.S. Cellular and you can't go over $200 over the 5GB cap, they shut off data to your phone completely. It sucks living out here in the country.. We can't get any quality internet.
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