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How to share your internet connection via Bluetooth to your Pocket PC iPAQ H5450
Posted on 3-Mar-2003 20:06 by David Hettel | Filed under: Articles


The first article on how to share the internet connection via Bluetooth was a big hit! So good, that David Hettel (MVP) helped us put together another article, this time for H5450 users. The idea is the same: a step-by-step guide on how to share your internet connection when using Bluetooth.

In addition, you'll notice that with the version of Bluetooth used in the H5450 you can share the internet connection, and you'll be able to browse your dekstop or notebook shared folders as well.

In this example David used a computer running Windows XP, a TDK USB Bluetooth dongle (version 1.3.2.7), and an iPAQ H5450 with builtin Bluetooth. If you're using an iPAQ H3970, please read the guide in this article or look at this list of Geekzone Bluetooth Guides.

This article will not show how to enable the Internet Connection Sharing. If you want to know more about this, read the previous article, where there are instructions on how to set this up.

Some screens in your Pocket PC may be different, but the idea is the same.

If you're using Windows 2000, we assume your devices are already paired. If not, do it first, then come back here.

If you're using Windows XP, no need to pair, yet. Follow the instructions in this mini-guide.

Also, make sure your Bluetooth adapter support the LAN Access profile. Some products (like the 3COM) will not support this.


First thing to do is to rename your iPAQ. There are two places where the name must be changed. The first is in Start (menu) | Settings | System | About | Device ID.
And the next location is in the Bluetooth icon from the today screen. You'll need to tap on the icon in the lower right corner, and then Accessibility. You'll need to change this name to match your Device ID or ActiveSync will not work.

Then tap | General |, | Bluetooth Manager | to start building our connection.

The Bluetooth Manager is blank at this point because this is my first connection. Tap | New | Connect! | and we will use "Explore a Bluetooth device" tap | Next |
Tap where it says "Tap here to choose a device". First you will see a blank screen, and then one with your PC.

Note that unlike the older software, you do not need to pair devices first.
Tap on the icon of your computer, to get a list of services it supports. In this example we want Network Access.
Our Bluetooth Manager now shows its first icon. You can double tap the icon to start it or tap and hold to get a list of options. When I tap and hold, and then choose | Connect | I am now taken to the Bluetooth PAN User Driver, because I have never setup this driver before. Here I choose the default settings "Use server-assigned IP address"
We are then shown that Bluetooth Manager is attempting to connect to the PC. On my PC (a Sony C1xs) this prompt is not always seen. It has a window, that displays only part of the screen. Running 1.3.2.7 software I then get the following prompt. "Bluetooth PIN Code Required" and I must click on the bubble.
When I click on that I am then prompted for the Bluetooth Pin Code on the PC. After I enter this I am then prompted for the same code on the iPAQ.
After we get this prompt we are connected! We can now use the built in file explorer to look at the share files on our PC.
One thing to watch out for is that extra space on word completion. That has messed me up more times than I care to think about.
We can now browse the web, iPAQPanel will display the IP Address of our adapter. And it takes a little longer than with WLAN to get a connection. I find iPAQPanel really useful to tell me the status of my connection .

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