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    Default iPhone USB tethering on 12.1

    Hello everyone.

    I am currently in the process of switching to OpenSUSE 12.1 (64 bit) from Windows 7 (..one day I realized that the software I was using most were Linux applications that were ported to Windows).

    In general all is fine except that I have not been able to find a clear-cut method for tethering my iphone (it is the 1G version with Edge only, but works like charm with PDANet on Windows 7) via USB. I will appreciate if one could direct me to some solutions.

    Best regards,
    Arifi

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    Default Re: iPhone USB tethering on 12.1

    When you plug in your iPhone, then a module 'ipheth' should load, allowing you to use your iPhone for tethering. It should show up as an available connection in NetworkManager as Mobile Broadband.

    That's how it works in Gnome anyways...
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    Many thanks for the response, dear katanacb. However, When I connect my iPhone, it is identified as a portable media player and the operations provided are to download pictures etc.

    lsmod | ipheth gives:
    ipheth 13526 0

    modinfo --version ipheth prints out:
    module-init-tools version 3.13.

    The broadband mobile tab in network manager is disabled.

    I am using the KDE version supplied on the DVD. How should I proceed??

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    Default Re: iPhone USB tethering on 12.1

    FWIW, I couldn't get USB tethering to work (openSUSE 11.4, KDE4.6.5), even though 'ipheth' loads. I wondered it was due to some some IP config or authentication issue with the network manager. I just couldn't get it to connect. However, wireless (hotspot) connectivity works perfectly for me.

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    If you could not get it to work, I wonder how I can.. Anyways. Can it be a KDE issue I wonder.. Katanacb seems to have managed it on Gnome.. The reason I prefer USB is that it keeps the phone charged all the time, so I do not worry about battery running out during long sessions.

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    To be fair, I've never tried this on KDE. I've only done it on GNOME .. in fact I had to blacklist the ipheth module because it was causing problems for me.

    I think I need to write a howto on the iDevices and openSUSE ... I'm wrapped up in a few threads on this, and I've suffered through getting this to work more times than I care to count.
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    Default Re: iPhone USB tethering on 12.1

    Quote Originally Posted by katanacb
    To be fair, I've never tried this on KDE. I've only done it on GNOME
    .. in fact I had to blacklist the ipheth module because it was causing
    problems for me.

    I think I need to write a howto on the iDevices and openSUSE ... I'm
    wrapped up in a few threads on this, and I've suffered through getting
    this to work more times than I care to count.

    Hi
    You might want to look at udev and creating a custom rule for your
    device?

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    Default Re: iPhone USB tethering on 12.1

    I think that this should be a howto though ----- getting iDevices working with OpenSUSE.
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    Looking forward to this iDevices-HOWTO

    Thanks everyone.

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    Hi,

    I have this problem too. Can't connect to internet with iPhone.
    Please hurry with your howto.

    Greetings from germany.

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