Sunday, June 07, 2009

G-1 Root and Tether: Help

As I mentioned in an earlier post, my online exchanges with T-Mobile support imply that T-Mobile does not object to my tethering my G-1, although they don't support it. I'm not sure if that's really the corporate view of the matter, but having been told so by two levels of their tech support I think I am entitled to try it.

So I did. The first step is to get root access, taking advantage of a bug in the original version of the OS. I successfully downgraded my OS to the original version (CR29), and I believe I got root access--at least, the attention symbol in the Terminal window is # rather than $.

I have been unable, however, either to make Android-WiFi-Tether work under CR29 or to install the upgrade that is supposed to take the OS back up to a more recent version while preserving root access.

Is there any kind soul among my readers with suitable expertise who would like to advise?


At 5:03 PM, June 07, 2009, Blogger Unknown said...

I used a program by June Fabrics, Inc., called PdaNet, to tether my G1 without having to 'root' it. It does have a few interesting limitations (I can't seem to get it to work with FileZilla for FTP transfers), but overall, the current (free) version is reasonably stable and useful. I never heard of June Fabrics before I learned about PdaNet, and the first few revisions of PdaNet had numerous problems, but they have done a good job of fixing the problems. Maybe the FTP access is going to be a feature of a future paid version(?), but I did not see a lot of information on what sorts of things they plan for future version of PdaNet on the website.

For (a small amount of) information on PdaNet, see

At 7:36 PM, June 07, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I use PDAnet also with no problems.

At 7:57 AM, June 08, 2009, Blogger GregSJ said...

While I have no experience with the G1, the forums over at XDA have been very helpful for me and my WinMo phone. They appear to have a very active G1 forum:

At 7:52 PM, June 08, 2009, Blogger Kim Mosley said...

The new iphone, announced today, has tether capability. Maybe you should leave the other world and return to Apple?

At 11:29 AM, June 09, 2009, Blogger David Friedman said...

1. Thanks everyone for your suggestions. I eventually got the WiFi version to work. I may want to install PDA net as a backup in case more problems arise.

2. I haven't so far found anything from apple saying that the new iPhone can tether--am I missing it somewhere?

At 3:40 PM, June 09, 2009, Blogger Andrew said...

The new iPhone officially supports tethering but AT&T (the only official provider currently) does not yet have a plan that supports tethering.

I use tethering all the time on my blackberry (sprint), but that's because the phone is nearly unusable for anything but email.

At 3:18 PM, June 10, 2009, Blogger David Friedman said...

One minor detail ... . PDAnet is for Windows machines only. I've installed it on my netbook, but it's no use on my MacBook unless I choose to run Windows on it.


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