Tethering a smartphone to get data on the go is a great way to stay online without lugging around a separate device. However, lugging around a separate device exclusively for the purpose of tethering your phone seems a bit less great, especially when that device must be plugged into a wall. Such is the Nexaria
BC2, an 802.11b/g/n router that can be connected to compatible iPhones
(namely the 3G, 3GS, and 4). Pop one in and, assuming you're paying AT&T the requisite extra $20 a month, it'll start beaming sweet, sweet internets out to all of your devices. Performance naturally depends on the strength of your signal, but getting a couple megabits down and one megabit up are entirely believable and respectable, though ping rates in the hundreds of milliseconds ensure you won't be racking up the headshots when connected thusly. It's yours for $189 right now if you're feeling the need.
3G/4G Router That Supports Tethered iPhone
Posted: 21-Nov-2010 [Source: 3G Store]
[The Nexaira Business Class 2 3G/4G Router lets AT&T iPhone users create a WiFi HotSpot using an iPhone for $20 per month.]
Cary, IL -- 3Gstore.com and Nexaira are announcing the immediate availability of the new Nexaira Business Class 2 (BC2) 3G/4G Router that supports iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPhone 3G tethering. Plug your iPhone into the Nexaira BC2 Router and you can instantly create a secure WiFi hotspot using the 3G connection from your phone. As an added bonus, the Nexaira BC2 Router will charge your iPhone while it is plugged in. 3Gstore.com is the exclusive distributor for Nexaira's iPhone tethering solution in the USA.
Unlike other iPhone tethering solutions, this method does not require you to jailbreak your iPhone, which can void your warranty. Simply add the appropriate data plan from AT&T's web site or the free MyWireless App and enable tethering on your iPhone (adds $20/month to your bill; can be disabled when you don't need it). Once tethering is enabled, connect your iPhone 3G, 3GS or iPhone 4 to the Nexaira BC2 Router via your iPhone USB cable and within a few seconds, your iPhone will indicate that it is in "Internet Tethering" mode. The BC2 router then serves as a WiFi hotspot that multiple WiFi-capable devices like the iPod Touch, iPad, laptop, and more can use to connect to the internet; ethernet devices can also connect via the router's LAN port. While using your iPhone as a modem, you can continue to make and receive calls as well as access all the applications that are installed on your iPhone, including send/receive email/text messaging or any other internet app.
"We are excited to partner with Nexaira and offer this exclusive feature for our customers," said Michael Ginsberg, President of 3Gstore.com. "Customers have been asking for this feature ever since tethering was officially supported by Apple last year."
The iPhone/Router tethering solution is ideal for a variety of situations:
Simple and cost-effective failover solution for home or work
Does your DSL, Cable or T1 line go down occasionally? What is your backup plan? Purchase a Nexaira BC2 Router and next time your internet goes down, you can be back up and running in a matter of seconds. Just plug your iPhone into your BC2 router and you are back online. No need to sign a 2-year contract and pay $60/mo for a data plan, simply enable or disable the tethering feature as needed and only pay when you need it.
Convenient WiFi hotspot for your home, hotel, business meeting or car
Keep the Nexaira BC2 in your briefcase and next time you need internet access on the go, you have everything you need. Open the MyWireless app and enable tethering, plug the iPhone into your BC2 Router and a few seconds later, you have a hotspot. The BC2 also provides one ethernet port, so if you have an ethernet-only device, just plug it into the router.
Affordable temporary/occasional mobile broadband option for travelers
Tethering your iPhone is a great alternative to expensive hotel WiFi, un-secured and unreliable free hotspots, or signing a 2-year contract for mobile broadband service that you only need from time to time. Pairing the tethered iPhone with the BC2 allows you to easily provide internet access to all of your devices wherever you need internet access, on your terms.
Allow iPad and iPod Touch internet access from your iPhone
On vacation and the kids have an iPad or iPod Touch? Plug your iPhone into the BC2 router and a few seconds later, all your iPads and iPod Touches can easily access the internet, even while traveling in a car.
International Customers with iPhones
As long as your carrier officially supports tethering, all you need is the Nexaira BC2 and international power adapter (sold separately) and you are ready to tether your iPhone and create a hotspot. 3Gstore.com ships to over 200 countries worldwide via FedEx.