How to: Tethering your N900 to your PC – One Touch Access

| December 23, 2009 | Reply

Out of the box, the N900 supports data tethering. No settings to endure or subscriptions to pay. This means you can connect your N900 to your computer should you need to connect to the internet other than ethernet/WiFi. [Though you must check you’ve got a data plan and your network supports this]

This has been one of the saving graces of my N97 and it’s faithfully efficient too on the N900. The ability to save my butt when Virgin Media at the most inappropriate of times malfunctions is priceless. (Uni research for essays project/Submitting work/sending off important email/confirming online payments etc). Plus if you’re travelling around and staying in hotels, you can keep connected without having to pay the abominable internet charges (do check roaming charges though).

Just connect up the N900 via micro USB and launch “One Touch Access” [from PC Suite or Ovi Suite]

It automatically connects and you’re good to go.

Network, location and signal dependent, you can get pretty decent speeds whilst tethered to the N900. Browsing pages from the computer feels like I’m on broadband [I don’t know what that says about my broadband experience :p] – speed is sufficient enough to stream youtube videos, though I don’t recommend it unless you’ve got a good data plan.

There’s the Bluetooth option – though I’m not sure if there’s any easier way to do it than what’s listed here. Not sure either, if as that post mentions, N900 could get JoikuSpot like app where you can share your mobile data over WiFi.

Though I’d prefer to have a wireless option [I might not always have the cable, but do have BT/WiFi] it’s fantastic how simple it is to get back to be #onlineasithappens :p with the N900. Either directly from the N900 itself or a computer.

[There are pros and cons with the cable – battery charging N900, good when latop is plugged in. Not sure how it fares against WiFi battery grain]


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