I thought it would be great to end the series with a visual summary of the options covered so far, and then some 🙂
|Tether Ubuntu internet-connection via Bluetooth. (Haven’t tried this yet..PAN?)
|Tether GPRS/3G connection via Bluetooth|
|Tether Windows 7 internet-connection via Bluetooth. (Haven’t tried this yet..PAN?)|
Tether Windows 7 via USB. (No luck getting this to work with USB Networking)
|Tether Windows 7 internet-connection via Hotspot.|
Mac OS X
|Tether Mac internet-connection via Bluetooth. (Haven’t tried this yet..PAN?)
Update 8/28/10: Using the Mac lately. Its playing nice with the N900 as you can see with the Mac OS X section.
Sorry MAC users. I have never used a MAC. Incidentally, a colleague loaned me his Macbook Pro yesterday. He wanted me to see how in the Mac world “it just works!”. It will be interesting to see how well that plays with the N900.
Update 8/29/10: Added PC-USB-N900-Wifi option
Tethering over Bluetooth is slower but being wireless is a great advantage over USB.
Another simple setup:
1. Install Dial-Up Networking (bluetooth-dun) from Extras on the N900.
2. Install blueman Bluetooth-Manager on Ubuntu. This is not required but a good gui doesn’t hurt.
sudo apt-get install blueman
3. Open blueman from the status bar and pair the N900.
4. Right-click the connection and select Dial-up Connection.
5. Select the T-Mobile connection. If you haven’t yet created a Connection, see my previous post.
Ovi-Suite is a good tool here.
1. Install Dial-Up Networking (bluetooth-dun) on the N900
2. Open Ovi-Suite.
2. Connect the N900 via bluetooth (Tools -> Add New Device).
3. Select Tools -> Connect to Internet
something has changed. this sucks.
Nokia-N900-51-1:/home/user# apt-get dist-upgrade
Reading package lists… Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information… Done
Calculating upgrade… Done
The following packages will be REMOVED:
The following NEW packages will be installed:
The following packages will be upgraded:
apt apt-transport-https cmt-firmware-rx51 connui-conndlgs flasher hildon-application-manager hildon-initscripts icd2 libas-protocol-0 libconbtui0 libconnui libgles2-sgx-img
libicd2 librtcom-call-ui0 locale-resolver-data nolo
osso-accounts-plugin-skype osso-applet-languageregional osso-wlan posix-locales rtcom-call-ui tablet-browser-controls
tablet-browser-daemon tablet-browser-ui tablet-browser-view
28 upgraded, 1 newly installed, 1 to remove and 0 not upgraded. Need to get 16,8MB of archives.
After this operation, 13,9MB of additional disk space will be used. Do you want to continue [Y/n]? y
Lars’ comment inspired me to give Bluetooth tethering a shot – again, something I have never tried before with any device. Sure enough, it is possible and thanks to Ubuntu, extremely easy. No command line required. All that is needed is:
- Bluetooth Dial-up Networking for the N900 and
- blueman on Ubuntu 9.10
The blueman front-end is optional but it makes the process simple. Right-click device -> Serial Ports -> Dialup Service. Once the N900 is connected, select the Broadband connection from the Network Manager. My MobileVikings connection worked flawlessly.