Internet for Mac, PC, iPad, Apple TV


What to do if the DSL port is not working? Or hasn’t been set up yet? Mobile is the solution. For this purpose, you can use a prepaid card in a discarded iPhone or Cellular iPad. But not every old iPhone is equally suitable for this use.

Three years ago, O2 had let me down. DSL order sloppy and only after countless requests about the very rarely reachable customer service finally came a confirmation for the new setup. In such cases, an alternative is needed in the meantime.

Mobile phone tariff as a DSL replacement

If you have booked a very good mobile plan, you can simply use the hotspot function of your iPhone. Unlimited tariffs are particularly suitable for this purpose. One compromise is O2’s free tariffs, which are not curtailed quite as drastically as other tariffs after the data volume consumption.

However, the normal mobile tariff cannot always replace the DSL port. A second mobile phone contract and a second terminal can be necessary in a household. For short-term use, you do not have to purchase new hardware.

If you want to get fast and/or cheap Volume wants – and above all immediately! – go to a local dealer and get a prepaid card. Don’t let anything swarm in the mobile phone shop! The way to the supermarket can be worthwhile, a few minutes later the mobile internet connection is activated. For example, Aldi currently offers 7 GB for 15 euros, for 4 weeks. More data volume can be rebooked.

Use old iPhone as a modem

You won’t want to change the Sim card of the iPhone, after all you are not reachable under the normal number. If you have an old iPhone or an iPad Cellular, you can use it as a modem. However, the older the device, the less fun it is. The very first iPhone did not offer 3G and (haha) LTE, nor did it Personal hotspot via Wi-Fi. Only from iPhone 4 you can connect iPhone and Mac directly without radio. Due to the slow surfing speed, however, the use of the Apple smartphone as a modem only becomes better from iPhone 4s and iOS 8.1, better from LTE devices.

Maximum supported download speeds:

  • iPhone 3G: 3.6Mbps (UMTS with HSDPA)
  • iPhone 3GS: 7.2 Mbps (UMTS with HSDPA)
  • iPhone 4: 7.2 Mbps (UMTS with HSDPA)
  • iPhone 4s: 14.4Mbps (UMTS with HSUPA)
  • iPhone 5: up to 100 Mbps in the telecom network (LTE)
  • iPhone 5s: up to 100 Mbps also in other networks (LTE)

The following generations brought further speed improvements (e.g. iPhone 6 with LTE Cat. 4). However, you can’t always benefit from a discounter tariff or near the “wrong” mobile towers. The iPad supports the German LTE network with the iPad Air (1st generation) from 2013.

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iPhone Internet on Mac, PC, iPad and Apple TV

The iPhone can now be used jaggedly as a modem, thanks to the Hotspot: On the “modem” in the iOS settings under Mobile network -> Personal hotspot turn on the hotspot. If your own Apple devices are covered by the same Apple ID on the surf device as Wi-Fi, it is sufficient to click on the iPhone with the hotspot turned on (see the Wi-Fi icon in the mac’s menu bar; on the iPhone in the Settings -> Wi-Fi).

Other or older devices can be logged on to the modem iPhone as in a normal Wi-Fi. For this purpose, the hotspot must also be activated on the iPhone with the Sim card. This includes a (changeable) password, which is entered on PC & Co as a WLAN password. Before the iPhone 4, the hotspot connection is only possible via Bluetooth or cable (on Mac).

Attention, another warning: The connected device now acts like a normal Wi-Fi connection and loads app data, updates, etc. that are switched off for direct cellular connections. So it may be useful to disable some automatic updates.

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