A link between your Android phone and computer is necessary if you only have one source of Internet access and you’d like to share it. A link is also necessary for file exchange and access to a local network. There are primarily two ways to establish a link between your Android phone and computer.
- Tethered connection – Your device makes use of the connection and network provided by your computer.
- Reverse tethered connection – Your device provides Internet access for your computer. The latter also makes use of the network that your device comes with.
Although the process for tethering and reverse tethering may sound complicated at first, it’s actually rather easy to do. Also, you have several ways of achieving either type of connection.
How to Establish a Tethered Connection
Step 1: Switch your Android device and switch USB debugging to “Enabled”. You can find this by clicking on the following: Settings: Applications: Development. At the last page, you will see a checkbox next to USB debugging.
Step 2: You need to use a rooted Android device to establish a tethered connection. With rooted devices, it’s common to see SuperUser notifications, which can get a little tedious. If you want to disable this, click on the following: Preferences: Notifications. You will see one of the check boxes next to SuperUser access notifications, which you have to switch to “Disabled”. If no SuperUser application shows up then it’s likely that your device is not rooted.
Step 3: Install the driver of your USB in your computer. This may already be provided beforehand by your USB’s manufacturer or with your purchase. If not, you can search the Internet for a generic driver to use.
How to Establish a Reverse Tethered Connection
Step 1: Reverse tethering is made possible by ADB or Android Debug Bridge, which is a Windows utility program. If you have Windows installed in your computer, then you do not need to install Android SDK.
Step 2: Use a USB cable to connect your device to your computer. Click Select and then scroll down until you can find the name of your device. Click Connect next, which will then proceed to installing either Redsocks or Busybox – applications that are necessary for reverse tethering.
Step 3: A SuperUser prompt message will come out. Click Allow so that you will have the USB Tunnel tool activated on your device.
Step 4: Your device or computer may crash when establishing this type of connection. If either takes place, simply shut down the ADB program and start from scratch. If the problem persists, consider contacting your device’s manufacturer. There could be hardware issues involved and which have to be resolved before you can enjoy use of a reverse tethered connection.
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