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Proof of Concept Hack Demonstrates Kindle-Based Data Tethering

The Kindle has long sported a 3G network connection on premium models. Now, with this hack for Kindle 3G Keyboard models, you can tether your computer through that connection.

At this point it’s largely a proof of concept hack as, in addition to it being against the terms of service for your Kindle, it would be pretty obvious that you’re trying to stream YouTube videos through the connection. That said, it’s a neat advancement in the Kindle hacking community and, if paired with low-volume browsing like downloading documents and browsing pages in text-only mode it would simply look like you’re one of the 4 people in the world that actually uses the Kindle’s experimental browser.

Hit up the link below for the full run down on how to enable data-tethering on your Kindle.

Tether Kindle 3 [via Hack a Day]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 02/28/12

Comments (2)

  1. kenedy123

    To know about the Proof of Concept Hack Demonstrates Kindle-Based Data Tethering.

  2. Bob

    This requires “USB Network Hack Applied.” When reading the readme file with the jailbreak hack from the link supplied by the author of this hack, I came across this statement: Also note that, while there is a zipfile for the usbnetwok hack attached here, he referred to his enclosed USB Network Hack, saying: “I won’t provide *any* support for it, and I *strongly* discourage anyone not well versed in bare-bone Linux CLI system administration to even try it. It’s far too easy to brick your device/mess up the software with that thing.” Not sure if it’s the same network hack but it was enough to stop me since I really enjoy the Kindle’s intended purpose and can use my droid to tether, though the Virgin Mobile partial Sprint network doesn’t have the coverage range that Kindle has.

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