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Old 11-28-2005, 12:34 AM   #19 (permalink)
bigred
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Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Canada
Model: 7100r
Carrier: Rogers
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IT WORKED!!!
I got my 8700 on Rogers to work! The speed test from www.toast.net showed 157Kb/s. Not full EDGE speed, but certainly higher than GPRS.

At first I couldn’t get it to work. No modem other that my Laptops built-in one was in the Phone and Modem options panel.

What I did was uninstall all my existing BB software (except the BB JDE stuff), then reinstall from scratch off of the 4.1 Desktop Manager CD.

Two things to note:
- I also own a 7100 and had set it up as a modem previously, when I first tried the 8700 all the old 7100 software was still installed. I believe that was the cause for the initial failure.
- On the Modem properties page the Query test (step 7 on Marks modem FAQ [User] HOWTO: Use BlackBerry As Modem For Laptop!) returned "COMMAND NOT SUPPORTED" for a bunch of the tests.

Here is a copy from the logs..
Code:
ATQ0V1E0 - OK
AT+GMM - BlackBerry IP Modem
AT+FCLASS=? - COMMAND NOT SUPPORTED
AT#CLS=? - COMMAND NOT SUPPORTED
AT+GCI? - COMMAND NOT SUPPORTED
AT+GCI=? - COMMAND NOT SUPPORTED
ATI1 - Research in Motion / BlackBerry IP Modem
ATI2 - Research in Motion / BlackBerry IP Modem
ATI3 - Research in Motion / BlackBerry IP Modem
ATI4 - Research in Motion / BlackBerry IP Modem
ATI5 - Research in Motion / BlackBerry IP Modem
ATI6 - Research in Motion / BlackBerry IP Modem
ATI7 - Research in Motion / BlackBerry IP Modem
The 8700 is about 10x faster than my 7100 in terms of Inet access. From a spec standpoint the 7100 isn't that much slower, but perhaps the new Xscale CPU helps with the connection? One page I used to visit for work would take at least 20 seconds to load on the 7100, but with the 8700 it takes around 4 seconds. Now using the BB as a modem is finally practical in terms of speed!
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