Barnacle Wifi Tether lets you turn your Android phone into a wireless ad-hoc access point in three easy steps.

  1. Get root access on your phone.
  2. Install Barnacle Wifi Tether from Market (or here) and run it.
  3. Connect your PC (or iPad, or Xbox!) to the ad-hoc network (default SSID is barnacle).

Barnacle will act like a wireless router connecting its clients to the Internet via the phone's 3G (or 2G) mobile connection.

Supported hardware

Barnacle Wifi Tether is compatible with Windows (XP/Vista/7), Mac, Linux, even iPod/iPhone/iPad and Xbox! If you are having more trouble connecting to some devices than others, it's recommended to use this association technique.

On many phones you need to enable Skip wpa_supplicant in Settings to actually create the ad-hoc network. In that case WEP will most likely not work.

Barnacle is now open source! For most up-to-date info on supported hardware check the wiki.

See FAQ or Troubleshooting for more information.

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Feature Comparison

Barnacle android wifi tether EasyTether PDANet Proxoid
WiFi yes yes no no no
Works with all applications yes yes no no no
No PC software required yes yes no no no
No custom kernel yes no yes yes yes
No root required no no yes yes yes

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Feedback

If you have a bug to report, I recommend you send it to barnacle@ this domain. Otherwise, leave a comment below.