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Network connection with HTC Hero and Debian

Saturday, July 17th, 2010

I have an HTC Hero, an Android phone, for one year. But I never tried to share his network connection with my Debian laptop. To prepare my trip to Debconf10, I try it today and… I’m surprised because it’s so easy!

1. Plug your phone on USB
2. Active “Share your phone network” on phone (in french: “Partage du réseau mobile”)
3. You see now an usb0 ethernet device:

usb0      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr a2:17:af:4f:fa:da
RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 lg file transmission:1000
RX bytes:0 (0.0 B)  TX bytes:0 (0.0 B)

4. Configure usb0 to have the network configuration with your favorite tool (ifconfig for example).
5. Now you can ping your phone with Use it as gateway and enjoy: your laptop is now connected with Wi-Fi, GPRS or 3G+!

Note: I use HTC Hero with Android 1.5 (build number: and the french mobile phone provider Orange.