The WiFi Pineapple can be provided an Internet connection from many means, including USB Ethernet adapters. Many Android devices have the capability to emulate a USB Ethernet adapters, sharing their Internet connections with other devices like notebook computers.
Check to see if your Android device supports this Internet Connection Sharing method by selecting Tethering and Portable Hotspot from the Network section of the Settings application. If the option for USB Tethering exists, your Android device may be capable of sharing its Internet connection with the WiFI Pineapple.
Depending on Android ROM and Carrier restrictions, this feature may be unavailable or require a subscription. To test, plug a data-capable USB cable between the host port on the WiFI Pineapple and the Android device. The USB Tethering option should become available.
Note: The USB cable provided with the Pineapple Juice battery is for charging only and does not support data transfer.
If USB Tethering is supported by the Android device, when enabled it will enumerate on the WiFi Pineapple as a new network interface,
usb0, and the WiFi Pineapple will automatically adjust its kernel routing table to use this interface for its Internet access, as well as Internet access for any clients connected to the WiFi Pineapple. Via DHCP, the WiFi Pineapple will receive an IP address on the Android devices internal network (typically 192.168.x.x).
Since the WiFi Pineapple will become a client on the Android devices internal network, it is possible to access the WiFi Pineapple web interface from the Android device if the WiFi Pineapple's IP address is known.
For convenience in accessing the USB Tethering setting, as well as discovering the IP address of the WiFi Pineapple on the Android devices network and browsing to the web interface, a WiFi PIneapple Connector app for Android is provided free of charge from Google Play.
When launching the WiFi Pineapple Connector android app, you will be prompted to configure tethering. Tapping Configure will jump to the systems Tethering and Portable Hot Spot settings menu, if available. Tap to enable USB Tethering, then tap back. Once enabled, the WiFi Pineapple Connector app will wait for a network connection from the WiFi Pineapple indicating its IP address on the Android devices internal network. Once discovered, the browser will automatically load the web interface.
Not all Android devices use the standard USB Tethering API or may block the data transfer from the WiFi Pineapple to the Android device. In this case USB Tethering may be enabled, but the WiFi Pineapple Connector app will be unable to determine the IP address of the WiFi Pineapple and launch the browser automatically. In this case determining the IP address of
usb0 on the WiFi Pineapple may be initiated by another means, such as from a serial connection or from another device connected to the WiFi Pineapple over WiFi.
The Android API restricts systematically enabling the USB Tethering function, which is why the WiFi Pineapple Connector app can only jump to the systems Tethering and Portable Hot Spot settings menu. This functionality may be achieved on rooted devices by other means.
The WiFi Pineapple Connector app for Android is provided free of charge for convenience, without warranty, and is not necessary for successful operation of the WiFi Pineapple.