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How to synchronise Outlook data to a Nokia 3650 or Nokia N-Gage over Bluetooth
Posted on 26-Jul-2003 14:00 by M Freitas | Filed under: Articles


This article shows how to configure the Bluetooth adapter, Nokia mRouter and Nokia PC Suite software to allow synchronisation of Nokia 3650 or nokia N-Gage mobile phones and Outlook data.

In this article we used a Nokia 3650 and a TDK USB Bluetooth (version 1.4.2.1). We also assume you have already paired the phone and your computer. Do so before you continue following this guide!

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

First make sure you've installed the Nokia PC Suite software from the Nokia CD. After rebooting your computer, you should see a new icon in your System Tray, like the last one in this image: . You also have to be sure that your mobile phone has Bluetooth turned on.

Now we need to know exactly what COM port will be used to communicate with the mobile phone. Right-click the Bluetooth icon in your System Tray, and select Advanced Configuration. Select the Local Services tab, and you'll see a dialog like the one on the right. Take note of the value in the Bluetooth Serial Port service. In this case it's COM3. You can close this dialog without changing any setting.




Right-click the mRouter icon in the System Tray and select Properties. Make sure you check the COM port corresponding to the one found in the previous step. Close this dialog.




To start communications between both devices, open your Bluetooth Places icon from the desktop. Double-click the
Entire Bluetooth icon to see the next dialog.




Double-click the icon corresponding to your nokia 3650:




And double-click Bluetooth Serial Port. Your computer will try to connect to the Nokia 3650.




It's normal to see an error dialog soon after the connection is attempted. The Nokia 3650 will "callback" and try to connect to the server port. You'll see the mRouter icon in the system tray changing to this:




Click the Back button and you'll see the Nokia 3650 is now connected.




Find and start the Nokia PC Suite software. After a couple of initial dialogs where you'll name your phone and create a basic configuration, you'll open the Synchronise menu and select Configure Tasks.




Tasks allow you to define how and when to synchronise the information between your desktop repository (in this case Microsoft Outlook) and the mobile phone.




It's possible to have multiple tasks defined, including automatic synchronisation when the device connects, or manual ones. The Change button leads to the next dialog, where the details for the task can be seen and changed if needed.




This dialog is shown if you click the Change button in the previous screen. From this summary the user can change all attributes of a task. For Contacts it's possible to define if the synchronisation takes all data or phone numbers only, and for Calendar the user can define how many weeks before and after the current date are to be transferred to the phone's database.




Back to the main screen in the Nokia PC Suite, the user needs only to click the Sync Now button to manually start the selected synchronisation tasks.




This dialog show the progress of each individual task.




When finished, you can disconnect by turning Bluetooth off in the phone, or by opening My Bluetooth Places, browsing to my device and double-clicking the icon corresponding to the current active Serial connection.




In the status dialog, just click the Disconnect button. Make sure you only click it once, because it changes from Disconnect to Disable and you might accidentally change the status of your service.





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