I have a Samsung Galaxy Fit smartphone and want to browse the web on it using BroadBand connection (the one i use for my pc connection to Internet) in Windows 7.
From everything I have read about this topic, it is possible to do on a linux machine, but not with a windows machine. this could be because of something with ADB on windows, or the USB drivers for windows.
Here is the info (note that this reference was done with a Nexus One):
- Android 2.2 (or an older version with a root tethering app)
- ADB from Android SDK, or a rooted Android 2.2 with terminal in root mode
Device: Connect USB cable and activate USB Tethering. You should see on linux new network interface.
On Linux Computer, setup a bridge:
- usb0 is the new network intreface
eth0 is the main interface connected to internet (or a gateway)
$ sudo ifconfig eth0 0.0.0.0
$ sudo ifconfig usb0 0.0.0.0
$ sudo brctl addbr br0
$ sudo brctl addif br0 eth0
$ sudo brctl addif br0 usb0
$ sudo ifconfig br0 up
$ sudo dhclient br0
See Network Connection Bridge Help to setup bridges
Setup usb0 interface of your phone. You have to options:
From your computer, execute:
./adb shell netcfg usb0 dhcp
Or in a root terminal on your phone, type:
su netcfg usb0 dhcp
You should now be able to connect to Internet on your phone using your computer's Internet connection.
Try to do a ping www.google.com to be sure
To shut down the reverse-tethering, first unbridge interfaces on your computer:
$ sudo ifconfig eth0 down $ sudo ifconfig usb0 down $ sudo ifconfig br0 down $ sudo brctl delbr br0 $ sudo ifconfig eth0 up $ sudo dhclient eth0
Then on your phone, uncheck the USB Tethering option
The best and simplest idea in the long run would be to get a wireless broadband router that also supports ethernet (wired networking). Your pc can still use cables and your android phone just connects to it using wi-fi.
Without a wi-fi router you still have a few more options that work with Windows, as long as your pc has wi-fi (which you can get using a simple USB network card that costs less than 20 USD). In this case you have a few options (in order of recommendation):
- Use software to turn your pc into a wifi router that shares it's internet connection. Instructions are available here.
- Setup an ad-hoc network with Windows and then root your android phone to enable it to see ad-hoc networks using the instructions found here.
- Use Wi-fi Direct which is a new protocol that'll work with Android 4.0 and Windows 8 (not very helpful, I know).