When Ethernet Gets Slow and Unreliable – Combine It with a Tethered Android Phone with Speedify
Nowadays the Internet is all about speed and stability. If you’re not getting those on your Mac, it’s time you act on it. If your wired Ethernet connection is not speedy enough and drops connection or stutters, it’s time you get some reinforcements. Use that Android smartphone you have lying around and tether it to your Mac. Then, combine this connection with your Ethernet for faster, more reliable Internet using the Speedfy fast bonding VPN.
Speedify uses channel bonding (link aggregation) technology to combine multiple Internet connections into one super pipe. In this post, we are going to walk you through the steps for combining Ethernet with a tethered Android phone on your Mac.
Eight Steps to Bond Wired Ethernet and a Tethered Android Phone Together on Your Mac
Step 1: First, connect to your Ethernet connection. Some older Macs come equipped with an Ethernet port, but most will require you to use either a Thunderbolt-to-Ethernet or USB-to-Ethernet adapter. Once you have connected your Ethernet cable to your laptop, plug the other end into your modem or router.
In most cases, you will connect to the internet automatically. If not, proceed as follows.
Step 2: Click the Apple menu and select System Preferences; then click Network.
Step 3: Select Ethernet from the list on the left, keeping in mind that it may be named according to the adapter you are using.
Step 4: Click the Configure IPv4 pop-up menu and choose your ISP’s recommended configuration method. You can read more about these configurations here.
Step 5: Under Advanced, click DNS. Then add a DNS server using the + button. Enter the IP address of your ISP’s DNS server.
Step 6: Click Apply to activate these settings.
Step 7: Now, it’s time to tether your Android phone connection. Android devices that use Sim Cards (like Smart Phones and Tablets) can use a 3G, 4G, or LTE connection; by tethering, you can harness that connection as an additional internet source. Once you have connected your Android to an internet source, you can start tethering your Android to your Mac via Bluetooth or USB. As Bluetooth tethering has its speed limitations, we’re going to show you the steps for tethering your Android phone to your Mac via USB.
First, turn on your Android’s Personal Hotspot. To do this, open the Settings app and tap More… Then choose Tethering & Mobile Hotspot. Toggle the USB tethering switch on.
Finally, connect (or “tether”) your Android to your Mac using a USB cable. When you do this, your Mac should immediately recognize your device.
Open System Preferences on your Mac. Then click Network and select your Android USB. If you don’t see it, click to add it. If you are already connected to Wi-Fi (or another connection), your Personal Hotspot connection might not activate until you uncheck “Disable unless needed” under Status.
How Does Speedify Work?
Speedify makes your internet secure, stable, and fast with the magic of Channel Bonding--but how?
- First, Speedify establishes a connection to one of our Speed Servers in the Cloud. This acts as a middleman between you and the rest of the internet, keeping your web activity private and secure.
- Next, the app works with the Speed Server to intelligently spread network packets among all your available internet connections.
- And presto! Speedify is able to provide the combined speed and stability of all your internet connections—unlike any other VPN on the market.
Step 8: Combine connections by turning on Speedify. When you launch Speedify, the software automatically detects the Ethernet connection of your Mac and Android connection. You will see them each contained in a Connection Bubble near the top of the Dashboard.
And presto! You’re combining connections with the magic of Channel Bonding for improved speed, reliability, and security. You are now free to go forth and browse the internet, stream videos, and use your apps as you normally would.
Use Speedify for macOS to combine wired Ethernet and a tethered Android smartphone on your Mac.