EasyTether Pro Review

EasyTether Pro Review

Aug 30, 2010

Tethering. You know, siphoning the internet connection from your phone to your computer. Everybody talks about it, yet nobody seems to know just what the deal is. You might know that certain phones on certain carriers offer this feature—for an add-on price of up to $60. You also may have heard of people getting charged hundreds, if not thousands of dollars in data fees because they “illegally” tethered their phone. One app in the Android market hopes to clear up this fog of uncertainty, and that app is EasyTether Pro.

To try out the virtues of EasyTether Pro and see if the app lives up to its name, I decided to test it out on my latest road trip from New York to Atlanta. After downloading the app on my phone and firing it up, it started a nice setup wizard. First, I was told to choose my PC’s operating system. At the moment, only Windows XP/Vista/7 (32 and 64 bit) and Ubuntu/Fedora are supported. (Mac is supposedly “coming soon.”) Then, I was directed to a website to download the installer of EasyTether’s desktop client. After it finished, I mounted my phone’s sd card and launched the installer on my laptop. The software requires installing a driver on your computer. A warning pops up asking if I really want to install it…you bet I do. My virus scanner has no problem so I trudge on.

After installing the desktop client, I hit back on my phone to return from the browser to the EasyTether App. Next, I’m told to turn on USB debugging. Again, some warnings, but whatever, I’m focused on my goal. Then all I have to do is click connect on the EasyTether tray icon and I’m ready to surf.

And that’s it. It really is pretty easy. Of course, USB debugging does make it easier for bad things to happen to your phone, but the risk is minimal. (You can always turn it off when you aren’t using it.)

So how fast is it? My speed test while passing through Clifton, NJ with a solid 3 bars of Verizon 3G was .97 Mb/s download and .49 Mb/s upload. We’re not burnin’ rubber here, but for most surfing it feels quite speedy. I’ve also managed Skype video calls, but that seems to be pushing the limits. A casual youtube test of a 1:44 video had two small hiccups as the the buffer caught up–something that could be easily avoided by a brief pause at the beginning. Again, nothing stellar, but usable on the road for sure.

Sounds too easy right? What about those urban legends of forum-posters tethering themselves out of house and home? Well, I can report that after a month of extensive tethering with EasyTether Pro (among other tethering apps), I racked up over 2gigs of data with no extra charge. On my bill, it shows up under my unlimited mobile data allotment. While using it, I tried not to download too many large files, and definitely didn’t download any torrents (not that I ever do such a thing). But for normal browsing, and occasional Skyping, it really does the trick. One note: while your phone is charging while connected, the power drain is significant. Usually it will stay at a constant place or charge slowly, but I’ve found that if I’m in a particularly low signal area, the charging can’t keep up and I’ll slowly lose juice.


A nice option that the EasyTether desktop client gives you is to connect automatically on device discovery.This means that whenever you plug in your phone, you are connected right away. I like to keep this on when I’m on the road, so I don’t have to go into the tray every time I want to get online.

So that’s EasyTether Pro. It’s easy…enough. And ss long as you can follow the instructions and click yes on sometimes ominous-seeming warnings, you’ll be surfing in no time. There is a free version available that doesn’t let you access secure sites—no shopping, bank accounts, or secure email. But for 9.99, the pro version is really worth it. If you need mac tethering, you’ll have to check out PDA Net, which costs 17.99 for a paid license. That app offers Bluetooth tethering, however for the nearly half the price, EasyTether Pro lives up to its name and clears the hazy fog of the tethering mystery once and for all.

EasyTether Pro Review Rundown

9
Presentation - EasyTether Pro takes your hand and walks you gently into Tetherland.
N/A
Graphics - Ummm white text on black background?
9
User Interface - Simple, easy, sleek. No frills, just tethering.
10
Lasting Appeal - You'll be tethering with this app for years to come, as long as your carrier still offers unlimited data.
9.5
Overall - While the setup prcoess may be a bit tricky for the least tech savvy, most users will be up and tethering in no time. Tether on my friends.

App available on the Google Play Store »

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  • HaloHalo

    HI, I hope you have already solved this issue by now. I was in exacgt same situation as you questioned in here, howeevr, solution was so simple.
    What you need to do from all what you have done so far is to connect your cell phone that has already down loaded Easy Tether Pro, and find removable port where connecting your phone to the laptop, and then locate Easy Tether Pro in the contents to ‘down load’ it to the lap top.
    I found Easy Tether Pro in F drive and I doble clicked to down load to my note book. Once double clicked the file, the down load wizard showed up and note book did all the rest by itself. Tether Pro icon showed up on the tool bar right away and it was so easy!
    Hope this will help and good luck!

  • Peter

    Just re-download it FROM your phone through the app, and install from phone to PC. (No charge to redownload.)

  • Ownitondvd

    I bought the full version but after about 2 mins the internet connection to my computer stops working.  Any ideas why?  Still says i’m connected to the phone.  Verizon wireless.  HTC Thunderbolt.  Windows 7 on laptop

  • Wolverine1040

    wish i could tell ya, still tring to figure it out

  • Harry

    Using the product for a few days,  set-up was not that easy (for me ..  but that might have been user error).  Overall, I like the product…

  • Buck

    My main question is…Am I gonna get charged out the ass for this? Using it for instant messenger and some surfing for a few days until my internet is restored. Im a verizon customer and have the unlimited data plan..As long as I stay under 5 gigs, am I ok? I dont want to lose my service or get sued or anything like that..Just worried I’ll get some huge fine.

  • Rob

    Is anyone having trouble with EasyTether Pro- I try to tether to my laptop and it directs me to verizon wireless suddenly…just recently.

  • Deadboltaxeman

    If your plan is unlimited then its unlimited-if you have a 5 gig cap then it aint unlimited. Last I checked unlimited meant “without limit”.

  • Heath Hannon

    Upgrading from droid2 to an iphone4, my easy tether pro works great on my droid2, will it work on my iphone4? do I have to repurchase it, or just download an app or both I don’t mind to repay the 9.99. I love it but I need to know if it will work on the iphone through verizon

  • Nick0908@yahoo.com

    My phone broke and I had easy teather pro version downloaded so I paid the 9.99$ fee. well that phone broke and I got a new one, another android phone, how do I get the same version of.what I had on this phone without paying the $9.99 fee again. Hopefully this can be done. because I feel silly purchasing again since my phone broke within a month of.purchasing it the first time. please help

  • Streakingmonk

    There are still problems with the MTU settings being too low.  Is there any way to change this?  I tried the fix below with DrTCP but it didn’t work (maybe it is more involved than what he said but i couldn’t figure it out)

  • Stevenktorino

    I have a Samsung Moment phone using Sprint.  For the few (only semi-complicated) steps there are, for what this application does, it was extremely simple and worked awesome right out of the gate. I used the free version for about an hour before upgrading to the pro version and couldn’t be happier.  Although my instant netflix doesn’t download quite the same, I still get to watch my movies, and all my other websites I go to work just fine.  Good Job!

  • Wotexva99

    I have easy tether pro on my Droid.  I downloaded the windows7 64 bit on my laptop.  The icon is in my tray but it will not connect when i plug my phone into my laptop.  Please help me!!!

  • Subsub808

    I paid for the full version but am still refused access to http sites and cant play games on-line. No Porn  and no on-line gaming lifes just not worth living – please help !!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_C3KU4MCU54AXP3C2R5AD4TOMDQ Vanessa

    I downloaded Easy tether pro but it does’nt work well only for a minute or two then I lose connection.Don’t know why it does that. Anybody have and idea???

  • Joegcastillo09

    Does it wprk with an IPhone 3g?

  • Tenor

    Something wrong here, but not with EasyTether.  Your HTC EVO is not prevented from shutting down from a low-battery condition.  Maybe you have inadvertently turned that feature off? 

  • Tenor

    No.  If you have unlimited data, then you won’t exceed your (nonexistent) limit. 

  • Tenor

    I have learned through other sources that having USB Debugging turned on makes it a lot easier for a person holding your phone (as in you lost it, and somebody found it) to get through your security settings and gain access to the contents of your phone.  I’m not aware that it makes your information more accessible remotely.  But I’m SO not a geek.

    And, yes, you will have to turn it on each time if you turn it off. 

  • Louis

    my computer doesn’;trecognize the file

  • bosox69

    I have had easytether since it came out about 2yrs. Except for having to download special USB drivers for Samsung phones. If you have a Sprint unlmtd. plan you are golden. If you have Verizon unlmtd, then speed will slow down after you hit there data cap limit,but should be no extra fees. Of course cell signal and 4g,3g make a big differance. No security issues yet. Now I just plug my phone in my win 7 or old Vista laptop and that’s it. No messing around w/settings. More like a good dial-up speed. Just make sure you download correct client for your OS. Win 32,64 ect.

  • bosox69

    I have had easytether since it came out about 2yrs. Except for having to download special USB drivers for Samsung phones. If you have a Sprint unlmtd. plan you are golden. If you have Verizon unlmtd, then speed will slow down after you hit there data cap limit,but should be no extra fees. Of course cell signal and 4g,3g make a big differance. No security issues yet. Now I just plug my phone in my win 7 or old Vista laptop and that’s it. No messing around w/settings. More like a good dial-up speed. Just make sure you download correct client for your OS. Win 32,64 ect.

  • bosox69

    I have had easytether since it came out about 2yrs. Except for having to download special USB drivers for Samsung phones. If you have a Sprint unlmtd. plan you are golden. If you have Verizon unlmtd, then speed will slow down after you hit there data cap limit,but should be no extra fees. Of course cell signal and 4g,3g make a big differance. No security issues yet. Now I just plug my phone in my win 7 or old Vista laptop and that’s it. No messing around w/settings. More like a good dial-up speed. Just make sure you download correct client for your OS. Win 32,64 ect.

  • Skibum40

    I love this app! But i was able to use my tether connection connect my vpn. Now I can’t. But when i use all other connections, starbucks wifi, hard wire at the office, etc all can connect with my VPN.  any one have ideas?

  • Rjasimon

    Yes, if you buy the pro version ($10) it works with VPN (I’ve been using it for a while)

  • Myfrogs

    My Ascend II has this type of option on settings menu.  Will using the wifi just go against my unlimited data?  Or charge me something extra…?

  • Skpy007

    Does anyone know how to find the default router, primary DNS and secondary DNS numbers for easy tether pro?

  • Donah Hunter

    i recently downloaded easy tether pro after using the lite version..but i cant acess any full website.what i mean is i can get onto facebook and other sites but when i go to log in to that website its says im not connected.can anyone help.is it easy tether or my computer??

  • david

    Yes. What you do is you tetherbyour computer. And then go to network sharing center find the network your phone is broadcasting and go to properties on it. It should be the second tab in the properties and change the setting to share with other devices. Click ok. Then you plug yiur etheret cable into yiur ps3 and then plug the other end into your computer. Then yiu need to go the ps3 network settings, choose custom, just keep the default settings and when you get to the mtu settings part. You can set it to 1472 to make it run faster. But if it doesnt woek, go back and change the mtu setting on default

  • Fishysquid

    Ok, so my friend told me bout this…way cool I am thinking cause we live in the sticks an any wi-fi is $50+ per month :(. However when I searched the app store for the I phone it’s no where to be found ;(. Any suggestions?

  • HELP

    Do you get charged on your bill for using this?

  • Kevinreed1987

    Same problem with mine!! And I’m rooted with free hotspots. Any work around? Maybe changing DUN or something??

  • Carmen!

    why with this app .. i can’t see facebook, hotmail, haboo, gmail  pages??
    but i ca

  • Kim2460

    Downloading crashed my one year old laptop…..called easy tether support and requested phone supportand never received a response.their tech support is nonexistent.I finally received an email response telling me my laptop crashing was”a coincidence”!

  • Joehaley1

    how do you connect to ps3 running windows xp 32bit

  • jainie

    does this disguise tethering on pay as you go unlimited internet on UK three ? 

  • Domdym

    You can’t lose it from your phone. Its locked to your gmail out amazon account.

  • Domdym

    The easy tether program will provide you with the link to download the pc and mac files. Under the menu

  • Domdym

    Faulty battery

  • Lee Schaefferkoetter

     do not use the option on phone that is from carrier and will charge you set phone to charge mode and turn on debugging.

  • Lee Schaefferkoetter

     try deleting both off your phone and then downloading the pro again.  If you got through amazon there will be no new fee just look under my apps

  • Lee Schaefferkoetter

     It’s only on amazon as far as I know Google had it then it disappeared.  Plus with amazon once you purchase you never lose it’s always in “my apps”

  • Lee Schaefferkoetter

     it does on my virgin mobile in U.S.A. (virgin mobile is prepay)

  • Wes_reeves

    Has anyone tried to use EasyTether Pro on the new Droid Xyboard 10.1?  I have unlimited internet on my HTC Thunderbolt (Verizon), and don’t want to pay the new rates for the tablet.  I would like to tether the Thunderbolt to my tablet if it will work.  Any suggestions would be appreciated!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/QKKG64ZI4XP7ZLIGCOZVKBVREE CMasterRandall

     what if there is no share tab

  • Mc2leung

    I had easytether on my phone but it got uninstalled by mistake.Any way to retrieve it? Is it in phone somewhere?

  • Terrapin2190

    You have usb selective option in your power settings. It turns off your usb connectivity after a certain amount of time to save battery. Just go to control panel > system > power settings, choose a power setting you want to edit, click on advanced power settings, go to selective usb suspend and turn whichever option that you’d like off. After that it’s clear skies and happy surfing!

  • Kmlocklear

    I have Motorola Triumph on Virgin Mobile Service (rides Sprint network)  Virgin Mobile customer service had me do a factory restore on my phone as text messaging memory would not clear………needless to say I lost my EasyTether Pro (and several apps and a few other things, like ringtones, etc)

    The customer service rep only instructed me to export my contacts to my SD card and verified my few music selections about 12-15 were on the SD card as well.

    Any suggestions how I can restore the Easy Tether Pro that I did legitimately pay $9.99 for?

    any help offered to this novice would be greatly appreciated, as the tethering has been working like a dream for me.

    kmlocklear@live.com

  • beth

    verizon uninstalled my easy tether pro how do i reinstall it my phone was freezing so they restarted the phone and wiped everything please help also when i had easy tether pro it was saying i use all my data and their would be extra charges is this true

  • Lil Peck

    Wow, it works really well!