Monday, December 22, 2008

Connect to Internet on a laptop/computer using your BlackBerry phone

BlackBerry Wireless Modem

A dial-up connection can be made using a BlackBerry phone as a modem. With a BlackBerry connected to a PC or laptop your are able to access the internet through the phone.This can be realized using the Bluetooth dial-up profile if the phone supports this, or with the USB cable.


On installing the Desktop Manager, the Standard Modem will appear in the Device Manager as follows:
(If the Standard Modem does not appear, re-install the Desktop Manager.)

If the Standard Modem still does not appear, it is necessary to manually add the modem.
Take note of the COM port numbers of the RIM Virtual Serial Port v2 in the devices under Ports (COM & LPT).

 In the Control Panel go to Phone and Modem Options.
Choose to add a New Modem.
Choose to select it from a list.

Select the Standard 33600 bps Modem.
Select the COM ports that are used for the RIM Virtual Serial Port v2 in the Device Manager.

 One or more Standard 33600 bps Modems will appear in the Device Manager.

In the case of using Bluetooth to make the dial-up connection a "Standard Modem over Bluetooth" will appear in modem devices.
Open the Properties dialog box by right-clicking the modem in the Device Manger.
Go to the Diagnostics tab.
Click on Query Modem. It should answer with a number of responses.


 In the Advanced tab fill in the dial-string in the Extra Initialization Commands.

In this case "internet" is the Access Point Name of the network provider.
Here are some other examples of dial-strings:

Rogers: +cgdcont=1,"IP","internet.com"
Cingular Blue/AT&T: +cgdcont=1,"IP","proxy"
Cingular Orange: +cgdcont=1,"IP","ISP.CINGULAR"
UK Vodafone: +cgdcont=1,"IP","internet"
T-Mobile NL: +cgdcont=1,"IP","internet","",0,0
This completes the installation of the modem.

Dial-up Connection:

In Control Panel go to Network Connections.
Choose Create a New Connection.

 Choose to Connect to the Internet.

 Choose to Set up the Connection Manually.

 Choose to Connect using a dial-up modem.

 If there are multiple modems to choose from, select the modem that connects to the BlackBerry.

 Choose an Name for the connection.

Type in the phone number *99#.

Only fill in a User name and a Password if required by the by the network provider.

A new connection is made.

Choose Dial to make a connection (no user name or password entered if not necessary by the network provider).

The connection is being made....

 To end the connection, right-click on the connection icon and choose Disconnect.


Error 734: The PPP link control protocol was terminated.
Error 651: The modem (or other connecting device) has reported an error.
Error 692: There was a hardware failure in the modem (or other connecting device).

To resolve this, check to see if the dial-string is entered correctly in the Extra Initialization Commands.
Check that the Access Point Name in the dial-string corresponds to the Access Point Name of the network provider.

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