How to Combine Ethernet (LAN) and Tethered iPhone at Once on a Mac

Use Ethernet & Tethered iPhone Together for Faster, More Reliable Internet

If your wired Internet connection is slow and disconnects at times on your Mac, then you need more that just a backup connection. Got an iPhone nearby? Then tether it to your Mac and combine both connections at the same time with a channel bonding (link aggregation) solution like Speedify.

Read below to see how you can use Ethernet and tethered iPhone on your Mac for faster, more stable Internet with the help of Speedify fast bonding VPN.

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Step-by-Step Guide to Combine Wired Ethernet and Tethered iPhone on Your Mac with Speedify

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 the Ethernet connection 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 connect to your tethered iPhone. First, turn on your iPhone’s Personal Hotspot. To do this, open the Settings app and tap Personal Hotspot. Then toggle the switch on.


Step 8: Ensure that you have the latest version of iTunes installed on your computer.

Step 9: Connect (or “tether”) your iPhone to you Mac using a USB cable. When you do this, iTunes should immediately recognize your device. If an alert appears asking if you “Trust this Computer,” tap Trust.

If you prefer, you can also tether your iPhone to your Mac using Bluetooth. Learn how here.

Step 10: Now it’s time to get you connected! Open System Preferences on your Mac. Then click Networkand select iPhone USB. If you don’t see it, click to add it. Since you are already connected to Ethernet, 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?

  1. 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.
  2. Next, the app works with the Speed Server to intelligently spread network packets among all your available internet connections.
  3. 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 11: Combine connections by turning on Speedify. When you launch Speedify, the software automatically detects the Ethernet and tethered phone connections. 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.

No more slow or unreliable Internet on your Mac. Use Speedify for macOS to combine your wired Ethernet connection with a tethered iPhone.

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