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How to share your Internet connection via Bluetooth to a Sony Clie handheld
Posted on 28-Oct-2003 22:30 by M Freitas | Filed under: Articles


In this article we used a Sony Clie UX50 and a TDK USB Bluetooth (version 1.4.2.1). We also assume you have already paired the Palm and your computer. Do so before you continue following this guide (but we'll indicate where the pairing is needed later on).

This Bluetooth Guide should work with other Sony Clie models, including the Sony Clie UX40.

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

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.

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 .




A new Connection configuration is needed on your Sony Clie. From the Launcher open the Prefs application, and make sure the Bluetooth is enabled:




Now, switch to Connection:




You'll see a list of connections and will tap the New... button and you'll see the following dialog:




You can assign any meaningful name to this connection. Select the values as indicated in this image. Tap the "Tap to find" button to choose what computer or Bluetooth LAN Access Point will be used for this connection. Make sure your computer is in discoverable mode.




Once you computer is shown in the list, tap its name to select it. At this point, if the devices are not paired yet a dialog will ask for a passkey. You can enter any four digits number here. A notification will show in your computer, asking for the passkey again. You'll then enter the same number there, to match the devices.




Now we'll create a new Network access configuration, using the connection created in the previous steps. Switch to the Network tab in the Prefs application and from the menu select New.... Enter a good name for your Network service configuration. You shouldn't need a username and password (although some configurations may need).




After entering this information, tap the Details button and check the configuration matches the following:




Now tap the Script button and make sure to enter this script as it is here:

SEND CR
DELAY 1
SEND CLIENT
WAITFOR CLIENTSERVER
END




Tap the Connect button and you should see your LAN connection initiating.

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...










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