Tuesday, March 21, 2006
One of the most interesting, 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 example, be both PDA and telephone can use the data connection of our operator we either GSM , GPRS , UMTS or any other data transmission technology 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 which have connectivity wifi allow us, on the other hand, whenever we are in the coverage range of a wireless network (in our house, in a hotspot, etc.), immediately connect to the internet. In this scenario, the cost and depends on who you provide access to that network. Setup is simple, as far we know the network key if encryption using WEP .
But there is a third way to connect our Internet Palm, and it is through bluetooth . For that we need a computer with internet connection, such as a PC, and Bluetooth connectivity is also available. In the case of the PC, simply purchase a USB bluetooth adapter, which has a greatly reduced cost. There are even laptops that already have integrated bluetooth series. The bluetooth connection is much slower than the wifi, and has less coverage. But if our Palm already has bluetooth, it costs us nothing to use it to navigate without having to be sitting in front of the PC (bluetooth allows many more things, but that will be another post).
Navigating through bluetooth
What follows is going to explain the process of configuring the connection between a Windows XP PC with a
bluetooth USB 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, we verify that the IP address of the router is not 192.168.0.1. If so change it to a different one.
- On the other hand, if we are using a Tungsten T, it is important to have installed PalmTungstenTUpdate_enUS.prc file, which is an update that Palm released at the time, and can be downloaded from their website.
- It is recommended to disable any firewall you have installed, to avoid problems. When everything works as we turn again. And the same applies to the 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 specific drivers of our adapter. In my case is a SMC-BT10 and drivers are the BlueSoleil . If your adapter is another, probably the drivers will be different. It is important downloaded the latest drivers from the adapter manufacturer website. For example, in my case with those who came on 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 USB port on your PC free it. Windows will suggest some drivers, but canceled that installation. Then install the drivers discussed above. We will need to restart your PC for the installation to complete.
- For our Palm can be detected by the PC, we have it bluetooth enabled (in Preferences) and change the Discoverable option to another, so that you can turn your PC.
- Once you have restarted the PC, bluetooth icon appears white and blue next to the clock in the system tray. Double click and add our Palm as a paired device to PC. To do this look for an option to search bluetooth devices or something similar. When it detects the Palm, we pair the device with your PC, and follow the steps that we must, as the password you want (but you must use the same on PC and Palm). Here depending on the drivers you use, the process will be something different.
We have all the necessary software installed. Now we have to configure everything. First the PC:
- We opened in the Windows Control Panel, Network Connections folder. Always appears internet connection, and a new set of bluetooth drivers. Right-click on the link provided and choose from the menu that pops up, the Properties option. Now it opens a window, where we are going to the tab called Advanced Options, activate the Allow other network users to connect through the Internet connection of this equipment, and in the drop down list below, choose the interface network that have created the bluetooth drivers. We press accept, and you're sharing the internet connection of the PC with Bluetooth devices.
- In my case now had to go to the configuration of the bluetooth drivers (double click on the blue little icon that was created next to the windows clock) and enable LAN access service. In your case, this will depend on the bluetooth drivers that you use is a matter of some research.
- Something important: do not confuse LAN (which is our network connects to the Internet) with PAN (another type of network that we are using here), as they are entirely different things. Finally, a way to check that the bluetooth connection is properly configured, is to go to its properties, and check that the IP address is 192.168.0.1, and the subnet mask 255.255.255.0.
Setting the Bluetooth network connection
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 chose Edit Connections .... We create a new one, which will be connected to LAN via Bluetooth. We also choose the device to use: press the button and detect nearby Bluetooth devices. It should detect your PC, and select it.
- We accept all these changes and return to the Network preferences. Press the button details .... Here we can choose between letting the DNS server address and the IP address of the Palm to Automatic, or give them specific values (192.168.0.1 primary DNS, secondary blank, and IP 192.168.0.5. I have to leave these parameters automatically to work, but other internet connections will certainly have to give these values. Everyone must prove which ones work.
- Finally, some computers may be necessary to define a login script. Click on Script ... and leave as shown in the image. To my E2 was not necessary, but for older models might.
Setting the connection type
Sensing my PC (Mutsumi)
And it is finally all set. Now click on connect and you should be fine. If not, will you try to change some parameters. In the original page of this procedure describes solutions to problems caused by routers, firewalls, 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 you insist on not working, we can opt for simpre Softic PPP , although payment automates this process. But following this guide, I have found that just using the USB bluetooth adapter drivers, you can connect the Palm to the Internet without problems. So patience, courage, and the bull.