If you have a Bluetooth enabled laptop or desktop with a modem, using the dial-up service from your handheld can be easier than sharing an internet connection. One example: you're in a hotel room and want to use your Pocket PC, not the laptop, to connect to the internet. But you don't have a Bluetooth modem. With little configuration you can have use your laptop's modem plugged into the phone line and dial-up to your ISP via Bluetooth from your Pocket PC or Palm OS handheld. This way you can have an Internet connection on demand, from another point in your room without having a cord or without having to have your computer always connected to the internet.
In this article we show how to configure and use your Bluetooth enabled laptop to connect to the internet from your HP iPAQ Pocket PC with Windows Mobile 2003. This guide suits any Bluetooth model from the h19xx, h22xx, h39xx, h54xx and h55xx series running Windows Mobile 2003. It is also suitable as a guide for other handhelds like Palm OS devices.
In this guide I've used a Dell laptop with two modems: the internal modem and a Vodafone Mobile Connect Card. The Vodafone MCC is a GSM/GPRS PC Card that can be used as a modem too, making this the ultimate wireless connection - connecting to the GPRS network without any cables and without a mobile phone . The instructions will of course work with any card or modem.
The laptop was equipped with a Bluetake Bluetooth USB 2.0 Pen Drive (read our review) and drivers Widcomm 188.8.131.52, but the dial-up services is available for use with drivers 1.2 and up. We assume the Pocket PC and computer are already paired. If not, during the procedure a dialog will pop up and ask for a PIN. Choose a number and enter it in both the Pocket PC and computer when appropriate.
On your laptop or desktop, start by double-clicking My Bluetooth Places in your desktop. You can then double-click My Device:
This is the list of services offered from your computer. You'll double-click the My dial-up networking icon:
The status dialog will show Not Connected. Click the Properties button:
Select the modem you want to share from the drop down list. In this case I've select the Mobile Connect Card, but I could have selected the internal modem. You may not even need to change anything here if you have only one modem in your computer.
Press the OK button until you close these dialogs. On your Pocket PC open the Bluetooth Manager from the Bluetooth icon in your Today screen. Tap the New menu option:
Select Explore a Bluetooth Device:
From the list of devices available, tap on the icon corresponding to your computer. In my case the Dell:
Scroll down the listbox with services until you find the Dial-up Networking, and select it. Tap the Next button:
A shortcut was now created in your Bluetooth Manager. Tap Finish:
To connect, from the Bluetooth Manager on your Pocket PC double-tap the icon corresponding to the dial-up service, or tap and hold to select Connect:
Since I already have a connection defined (used before when connecting via mobile phone) I can use it by simply tapping on the name:
This is the result:
We can create a new connection (as many as we need). Repeating the steps from the Bluetooth Manager when we reach the connection list dialog we simply tap New Connection:
Enter the dial-up information (including area code if needed):
And enter user name and password:
After connection you'll see this status on you Bluetooth Manager: