How can I tether my MacBook Air to my Nokia Lumia 353 via an ethernet cable?

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I've just bought a USB 2.0 OTG Micro-B to 10/100 adapter in order to tether my MacBook Air to my Windows Nokia Lumia 535 phone, but without success.

I'm using Mac OS 10 version 10.9.5 and first tried the rig without installing Plugable's zip driver, and then tried having installed it – still no success.

The message beside 'status' in Networks (System Preferences) says that the Thunderbolt Ethernet is plugged in but may not be connected to a device, or the device at the other end may not be responding.

I can't see any kind of option on my phone to connect via ethernet, but I've read that an ethernet connection can usually be made with a phone even though industry people often say that it cannot.

I'm using a Thunderbolt>Ethernet adapter and a new Ugreen gold-plated ethernet cable and have double checked the functionality of both of these pieces by successfully plugging into a router and accessing the internet that way, so I know that the problem isn't there.

Is anyone able to advise?

I'm electromagnetic hypersensitive so have to go to great lengths to avoid Wifi, Bluetooth and certain other EMFs. I live out in the country and need a wired solution for my work.

Many thanks.


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Nov 13, 2013
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As said, unfortunately what you want to do, cannot be done. What is the reason you want to do this? If you want to share internet then that you can do that by setting up an internet hotspot on the Mac and then connect your phone to that, or do you want to do it the other way around?


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It's not OTG that is the determining factor. Many phones have USB-OTG but what the OP needs is a phone capable of sharing via USB. To my knowledge, only iPhones and a select few Androids like BlackBerry, some Sonys and a handful of Galaxy models provide this. Tethering over USB has been non-existent on Windows since 7.5 Mango. Even then, there was an easy hack necessary to get it working since it wasn't supported out of the box.

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