Horrendous cool software

Devices should work together. All devices. Also from different companies. They don’t.

A good example is the feature ‘USB Tethering’:

  • When I plug my iPhone in my Macbook it works.
  • When I plug my iPhone in my Windows notebook, it works.
  • When I plug my Google Nexus in my Windows notebook, it works.
  • When I plug my Google Nexus in my Macbook Air… I’m screwed.

I didn’t find a way to make it work. I always needed to open up a mobile WiFi Hotspot to tether when I’m on the road. That sucked. And it costs a lot of battery on my phone. And I need that for Ingress 😉

Then someone saved my day. It was Joshua Wise (@jwise0) by writing a cool piece of software. What he did was writing a driver for Mac OS X that understands Microsoft’s proprietary RNDIS protocol – that is used for USB tethering by Google’s Android devices. No, I won’t go on the topic ‘Google uses a proprietary Microsoft protocol for their relatively open Android platform’ now. That’s not my thing.

The software has the interesting name HoRNDIS (pronounced horrendous) and its source is also available on GitHub. He also have binary packages available on the projects homepage for a simple installation.

And, what should I say? It works like a charm. I installed the driver, plugged my phone in via USB, activated USB tethering through the menu and now I’m publishing this blog post USB tethered.

Thank you, Joshua. Very much.

One Reply to “Horrendous cool software”

  1. I could not get this to work, but what works splendid is using BlueTooth tethering. Not fast, but fast enough for that I do on train commutes.

    Given the terribly slow swisscom “high speed” internet here at the Leonardo Hotel Köln, I can only browse this short link that should get you going: http://forums.crackberry.com/mac-users-f62/just-figured-out-bluetooth-tethering-mac-os-love-593148/

    The advantage of BlueTooth tethering is that it takes a lot less energy than WiFi, and doesn’t drain your MacBook battery like it does when connecting over USB.

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