The MyWi app by Intelliborn has been one of the biggest reasons to jailbreak an iOS based device. With the latest 4.0 release, creating a wireless hotspot has never been easier. For a one-time fee of $19.99 you can turn your stingy 3G iPad into a wireless hotspot capable of sharing your 3G connection with as many devices as you wish. I’ll show you how after the break.
This how-to assumes three things:
1-You have a 3G iPad that has an active cellular data plan (You can use MyWi on an WIFI-only iPad but the only benefit would be if you get free WIFI only on your iPad and wanted to share that connection.)
3- You have installed the Rock app from Cydia. If you haven’t, just search Rock in Cydia and download it.
First things first. MyWi is a $19.99 app ($9.99 for previous MyWi 3.x users) but there is a FREE 10-day trial. This is perfect for those of you who are hesitant in buying an app that you may not like or need. The trial version provides you with the full version of the app with all features available.
Here’s the process:
A- Download the MyWi 4.0 app from Rock. This app is not available through Cydia. Follow the prompts given by the Rock app for proper installation.
B- Once you are all installed, open the MyWi 4.0 app. You will get a prompt telling you this is a trial version. The image shown below assumes you already paid for the app.
As shown below, you have the option to set WEP security. I HIGHLY ENCOURAGE YOU TO MAKE YOUR HOTSPOT A SECURED HOTSPOT USING WEP. You don’t want any freeloaders sucking your 3G bandwidth away. There are also options to tether your iPad using USB and even BlueTooth. For the sake of this tutorial, we’ll assume you just want to create a hotspot.
C- Set your WEP password (or not) and hit the toggle next to WiFi Tethering. The status bar on the bottom of the app will give you indications on when your hotspot is activated. That’s it.
As shown above, you can tell MyWi whether or not you want a tethering bar (pulsing blue bar that resides under the status bar on your springboard indicating tethering is on) or a simple icon in the status bar for MyWi. The status bar icon is a new feature to 4.0 and one that takes no power away.
It really is that simple to make your already powerful 3G iPad into a mobile wireless hotspot. Who needs Froyo!!!
For those of you concerned with how much power this takes from your iPad, I can neither confirm nor deny that when you use this app for 9+ hours a day, your battery (starting at 100%) will likely only die down to about 70% or so. Seriously. MyWi will also let you monitor how many users are using your connection and how your battery is holding up (shown above).