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WM5 device as USB Wireless Modem

, posted: 28-Dec-2006 11:34

So you got Windows Mobile 5 devices and you want to use it as USB wireless modem for your laptop while on the move? On the newer model (those that manufactured by HTC, most probably) have an applet call WModem. With that you can use your WM5 device as your wireless modem. To use it, you must make sure ActiveSync is not running in both WM5 and Windows PC. To disable/close/quit ActiveSync on Windows PC:
  1. Right-click on the taskbar and choose "Task Manager".
  2. Click on the "Processes" tab and look for "WCESCOMM.exe" (hint: click on the "Image Name" column header to sort in A-Z/Z-A listing.)
  3. With "WCESCOMM.exe" selected, click on "End Process" button.
To disable/close/quit ActiveSync on Windows Mobile 5.0: Start > Settings > System > Memory > Running Programs. Select "ActiveSync" and click on "Stop" button. To install Wireless Modem on Windows PC: When plugged in the first time, Windows PC will need to install the driver for WM5 to function as an USB Wireless Modem. You will need the driver USBMDM.INF or Generic Serial. The INF file may be found in the included CD, or from Internet. Unfortunately, the Windows Update do not have Generic Serial driver available for download - which is basically the USBMDM.INF file.
  • Download the INF file and extract it to a folder.
  • Windows PC will request for the USBMDM.INF file, instruct the Hardware Installation Wizard that you will provide the driver, and browse to the folder where you have extracted the files to.
  • When installation completed, you will have a new device installed as "HTC USB Modem".
  • A DUN may be created in the Network Connections in the Control Panel, if not, you will need to create a new connection.
Other links: Create new DUN connection for USB Wireless Modem:
  1. Click on "Create a new connection" in the Network Tasks panel.
  2. Select "Connect to the Internet" radio, click Next.
  3. Select "Set up my connection manually", click Next.
  4. Select "Connect using a dial-up modem", click Next.
  5. Type in the name of the connection, e.g. "WM5 USB Wireless Modem", click Next. Phone number as "*99***1#" (note: this is for GSM/GPRS/EDGE/UMTS/HSDPA, for CDMA/EVDO, please check the Geekzone forum for help).
  6. Decide whether this connection for you-yourself-only or anyone, click Next. You don't need to supply Username or Password on Vodafone NZ network, this may differ for other networks. Decide whether you need the two checkboxes displayed on the same dialogue or not. Click Next. Click Finish.
Note: There may be more configuration needed to fine tune your connection, or select certain APN. For more information, check Geekzone forums for additional help. To enable/run Wireless Modem:
  1. Start > Programs > Wireless Modem.
  2. Select "USB" as your connection type.
  3. If you need to configure the APN setting, Menu > APN Setting > check "Preset GPRS connections" and fill in the APN, (Vodafone NZ users: recommend using "www.vodafone.net.nz". For more info on Vodafone NZ's APN List.)
  4. To start WModem, Menu > Start. (hint: keep WModem running at all time for wireless modem to function.)
  5. Plug the data cable to both WM5 device and Windows PC.
  6. Double click on the DUN connection on Windows PC to start data connection.
To disable/quite Wireless Modem:
  • Disconnect from Windows PC's DUN as if disconnection a dial-up connection on normal wired modem.
  • On WM5 device, Menu > Stop, close WModem.






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Comment by cokemaster, on 28-Dec-2006 12:23

I noticed that with my HTC Apache, WModem is not needed. I have been using bluetooth from the mac to dial the connection and the only parameters I need are the dial up number (#777), the username (mobile@jamamobile) and the password (telecom).

The script for it already comes with Mac OS X Tiger it seems.


Author's note by chiefie, on 28-Dec-2006 12:27

That's good to know, as I read that there's some changes made from AKU3+ that the Bluetooth stacks in the WM5 devices have changed, that it is no longer providing BT DUN service but BT Internet Sharing. I have yet trying the Bluetooth DUN/Internet Sharing features, as I preferred USB connection as you can charge/maintain battery level on the WM5 device.



Thanks for the tip.


Comment by cokemaster, on 28-Dec-2006 14:20

It will be disappointing if they didn't provide the bluetooth DUN profile. I use it on a daily basis and with the USB cable used only with syncing to Missing sync, it'd pretty effectively halt my abiltity to use a WM5 device as a wireless modem on the mac.


Author's note by chiefie, on 30-Dec-2006 12:04

Woohoo PocketPCThoughts featured my blog on how to us WM5 as USB wireless modem. The link is here.


Comment by Ian Breakspear, on 30-Dec-2006 15:07

Does anybody have instructions on how to do this on an iBook running MacOS 10.4.8 ? I also have instructions on how to use my WM5 device (Dopod 838 Pro) as a Bluetooth modem for the iBook but haven't been able to make it work. Any tips? I understand though that a USB modem connection would take advantage of the 3G data speeds better than Bluetooth - is this correct? Thanks in advance.


Author's note by chiefie, on 30-Dec-2006 15:18

Hello Ian, I don't have the instruction on how to get it working on Bluetooth, perhaps Cokemaster will be able to help you.

And to take full advantage of HSDPA's speed (and even UMTS), USB connection is much ideal due to it's USB 1.1 speed (12Mbps).


Comment by Werner Ruotsalainen, on 30-Dec-2006 20:42

You may also want to read my AKU3 article; in there, in addition to discussing the AKU3 Bluetooth and Internet Sharing issues, I've also

1, discussed this stuff (not so thoroughly as in here though)
2, linked in the .INF file.

The article has been cross-posted to most major PPC forums and has also been frontpaged on PPCT.

See http://www.pocketpcmag.com/blogs/index.php?blog=3&p=1415&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1


Comment by cokemaster, on 5-Jan-2007 00:02

I've written a quick guide on it here. Rather poor in my opinion but I hope this helpshttp://www.geekzone.co.nz/cokemaster/1969
Please note that it might not apply to your specific device - I was only wrote down the steps for a Telecom Apache.


Author's note by chiefie, on 17-Jan-2007 14:23

I found this website and it has instruction and .INF file to download if you need to use your WM5 as your wireless modem for pc/laptop. Box.net > PC USB modem file


Comment by Andrew, on 5-Jun-2007 02:40

To Ian Breakspear: To use MacOSX with WM5 phone as modem using Bluetooth PAN, one way is with the Internet Sharing application on WM5 (if you have it). You also need to upgrade OSX to the latest, which includes changes so that it can function with Bluetooth PANs. I tried to get my Mac to use the USB connection option, but failed. Having said that, Russ Barkman suggested that I needed to install a USB driver from here (http://www.prolific.com.tw/eng/downloads.asp?ID=31), but I haven't yet tried it out. If I were using DUN, apparently I would need to use a script, one of which I could download from Russ's site - http://www.taniwha.org.uk/. Andrew


Comment by Vlad, on 28-Jun-2007 01:53

Hi, I can't install my usb wireless modem on my descktop as one message comes up after the installation of the software: "vWTP.mbd will be upgrated. Yes/No" if I click No it closes it up if I say yes - new message comes up " Faild to open data file". Do you know what is it all about? Also can this connection be shared via router? Thank you. Vlad.


Comment by david lee, on 2-Jul-2009 12:15

how about my mda is from usa tmobile, so how can i create htc wireless usb modem for my notebook to use for internet ???


Comment by huzefahakim, on 2-Nov-2010 06:25

BTZB


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