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How to share your Internet connection via Bluetooth to a Palm OS device
Posted on 6-Aug-2003 19:30 by M Freitas. | Tags Filed under: Articles.

In this article we used a Palm Tungsten T and a TDK USB Bluetooth (version We also assume you have already paired the Palm and your computer. Do so before you continue following this guide!

Check out other Geekzone Bluetooth Guides for more step-by-step pages!

Before we start make sure you've installed the Palm Hotsync software. If you are using a Palm Tungsten T, download this update before proceeding. If you have a Palm Tungsten W and want to use Bluetooth, make sure you have this update.

Also, make sure your Bluetooth adapter support the LAN Access profile. Some products (like the 3COM) will not support this, while widcomm based dongles will have this functionality.

This guide is based on a Palm OS 5 device, but the configuration on the desktop/laptop side will be the same, regardless of the Palm being used. The Prefs application on the Palm side is a little different from previous versions, but the dialogs are the same.

First, let's open My Network Places by right-clicking in the icon and selecting Properties.

We want to change the properties for our connection to the internet. This is the adapter we want to share "from". Just right-click in the corresponding icon and select Properties.

The Bluetooth Network adapter was automatically created during the Bluetooth installation.

There's a bug in Windows 2000 before SP3 where changing the sharing option may change IP configurations in this adapter. To make sure you're safe, we will note the current configuration.

In the General tab select the Internet Protocol components and click Properties.

Write down all the information from the next dialog, and click Cancel.

Back in the Adapter properties, select the "Sharing" tab and tick "Enable Internet Connection Sharing for this connection".

Now, to configure the Bluetooth USB, right-click the Bluetooth icon in the system tray and select Advanced Configuration.

Change to the Local Services tab and double click "Network Access".

Change the type of service to "Allow other devices to acces the Internet/LAN via this computer".

The alternative to this option will allow your device to connect to your computer as part of a LAN, but will not have internet access.

Note the Configure Connection Sharing button: it'll open the configuration screens we've visited before. But some Bluetooth software will not have this button, hence I guided you through the other route .

On your Palm device, a new Connection configuration is needed. From the Palm Launcher open the Prefs application, and switch to Connection.

You'll see a list of connections and will tap the New... button.

You can assign any meaningful name to this connection. Select the values as indicated in this image. Tap the device name to choose what computer will be used for this connection. Make sure your computer is in discoverable mode. If you tap the Details button you'll see the next screen.

Now we'll create a new Network access configuration, using the connection created in the previous steps. Tap Network to go to the next screen.

Tap the New... button and enter a good name for your Network access configuration. You shouldn't need a username and password. Tap the Connect button and you should see your LAN connection initiating.

You'll see the following screens while your Palm connects to the network:

To make sure the connection is fine, still in the Connect dialog, tap the menu Preferences and select Options. Choose View Log and the screen you see will show the negotiation between the Palm and the DHCP server on the network.

To check your DNS is working fine, scroll to the bottom of this log, and enter PING and a hostname. Use the Return stroke as an Enter and you'll see a result like this...

If your connection does not complete, or if your Palm shows a Timeout error, try adding a script to this connection. This is common with Palm OS 4. Newer versions of Palm OS should not need any script to work.

From the Network dialog, tap the Details button. On the next dialog tap the Script button.

On this script dialog enter the following:


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