Tuesday, March 21, 2006
One of the coolest features, and that over time will become critical, is the ability to connect to the internet from our Palm. Depending on the device, we have to use one technology or another. The Treo for instance, to be both PDA and phone, can use the data connection of our operator we either GSM , GPRS , UMTS or any other data transmission technologies available today. The advantage of this connection is that, where there is coverage, there will be internet. The problem is the price, because the rates are still prohibitive connection.
The Palm connectivity available wifi enable us, on the other hand, whenever we are in the coverage range of a wireless network (in our house, in a hotspot, etc), connect to internet so immediately. In this scenario, the cost and depends on who provides us access to that network. The setup is simple, as far we know the network key if encryption using WEP .
But there is a third way to connect our Palm LAN, and it is through bluetooth . For that we need a computer with internet connection, such as a PC, and that has Bluetooth connectivity as well. For the PC, simply purchase a USB bluetooth adapter, which has a very low cost. There are even laptops that already have integrated bluetooth series. The bluetooth connection is quite slower than wifi, and has less coverage. But if our Palm already has bluetooth, it costs us nothing to use it to navigate without having to sit in front of the PC (bluetooth allows much more, but that's another post).
Navigating through bluetooth
What follows is going to explain the process of configuring the connection between a Windows XP PC with a
USB bluetooth adapter and a Tungsten E2. Some initial considerations, to avoid problems:
- If we connect to the internet through a router, it is important that before you install anything, let's check that the IP address of the router is not 192.168.0.1. If so change it to a different.
- On the other hand, if we are using a Tungsten T, it is important PalmTungstenTUpdate_enUS.prc have installed the file, which is an update that Palm released at the time, and can be downloaded from their website.
- It is advisable to disable any firewall you have installed, to avoid problems. When we all work and turn it again. And the same applies to Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) and / or Windows Home Networking.
Once you have made these checks, we can begin the process:
- The first point to note is that the default drivers that come with Windows XP are very basic and do not allow what we want. We need the specific drivers of our adapter. In my case it is a SMC-BT10 and drivers are the BlueSoleil . If your adapter is another, probably the drivers will be different. It is important to get off the last drivers from the adapter manufacturer. For example, in my case that came with the CD I could not connect to internet (version 1.4), but with the latest (version 1.6) itself.
- Highlight your bluetooth adapter into a free USB port on your PC have. Windows will suggest some drivers, but canceled that installation. Then install the previously mentioned drivers. We will need to restart your PC for the installation is complete.
- For our Palm can be detected by the PC, we have to activate the bluetooth on it (in Preferences) and change the Discoverable option to yes, so that computer can find it.
- Once you have restarted the PC, white and blue icon beside the clock bluetooth appears in the system tray. Double click and add our Palm as a paired device to PC. This will look for a Search option bluetooth device or something similar. When it detects the Palm, we pair the device with your PC, and follow the steps that we are showing at enter the password you want (but you must use it in the PC and Palm). Here depending on the drivers you use, the process will be somewhat different.
We now have all the necessary software installed. Now we have to configure everything. First part of the PC:
- Open the Windows Control Panel, the Network Connections folder. Always connect to the Internet and a new created by the bluetooth drivers appears. Right-click on the link provided, and chose from the menu that pops up, the Properties option. A window opens, in it we go to the tab called Advanced, activate the Allow other network users to connect through the internet connection on this computer option, and in the drop down list below, we choose the interface network that created the bluetooth drivers. We pressed accept, and you're sharing the internet connection of the PC with Bluetooth devices.
- In my case now had to go to the settings of the bluetooth drivers (double click on the icon that was created by the clock of windows), and activate the LAN access service. In your case, this will depend on the bluetooth drivers that you setup, you is a matter of a little research.
- Something important: do not confuse LAN (our network connects to the internet) with PAN (another type of network you are not using here), as they are entirely different things. Finally, a way to check that the bluetooth connection is set up, is to go to its properties, and check that the IP address is 192.168.0.1 and subnet mask 255.255.255.0.
Connection setup bluetooth network
Now configure the connection in the Palm:
- Let the program and enter Network Preferences. In service we give the name you want (eg "PC by BT"). In connection deploy the list and choose Edit Connections .... We create a new one, which will connect to LAN via Bluetooth. We also chose to use the device: click on the button and detect nearby bluetooth devices. Should detect your PC, and select it.
- We accept these changes and return to the Network preferences. We click the Details ... button. Here we can choose to leave the DNS server address and the IP address of the Palm to Automatic, or give them specific values (primary DNS at 192.168.0.1, blank side, and IP 192.168.0.5. I have to leave these parameters automatically to work, but other connections to the Internet you have to surely give these values. Each must prove which ones work.
- Finally, some computers may be necessary to define a login script. Click on Script ... and leave it as shown in the image. For my E2 was not necessary, but for older models you might.
Configuring the connection type
Sensing my PC (mutsumi)
And you're finally all set. Now click on connect and you should be fine. If not, you have to try to change some parameters. In the original page of this procedure solutions to problems caused by routers, firewalls are described, etc. Here are the steps I followed to connect my Tungsten E2 to the internet via bluetooth, but may be different for other Palm, but not much. If it is determined to not work, we can opt for simpre Softic PPP , although payment automates this process. But following this guide, I have found that just using the drivers bluetooth USB adapter, you can connect the Palm to the Internet without problems. So patience, courage, and the bull.