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Old 02-05-2008, 03:01 AM   #1 (permalink)
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The 8830 does not have wifi, but it does have a browser, and it could connect to the internet if I had a data plan (I am currently just using it as a standard cell phone).

My question is, since it has a browser and a USB port, would it be possible to access the internet by plugging a standard USB wifi antenna into the 8830s USB cable? I know you can do it on a laptop which doesn't have wifi capability.

Has anyone ever successfully done this?
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Old 02-05-2008, 05:49 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't think there are any protocols written to allow the use of the USB port for WiFi. No drivers. Otherwise, I see no reason why it shouldn't work.
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Old 02-05-2008, 06:13 AM   #3 (permalink)
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The 8830 does not have wifi, but it does have a browser, and it could connect to the internet if I had a data plan (I am currently just using it as a standard cell phone).

My question is, since it has a browser and a USB port, would it be possible to access the internet by plugging a standard USB wifi antenna into the 8830s USB cable? I know you can do it on a laptop which doesn't have wifi capability.

Has anyone ever successfully done this?
It's not possible to do what you are describing.
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Old 02-05-2008, 07:15 AM   #4 (permalink)
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You would need to add BIS (Blackberry Internet Service) to your plan to use the internet on that device. BIS also allows you to setup email address on your device.
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As I see it, the blackberry is a very stripped down version of a laptop, with a built-in telephone component. I know that's an oversimplified description, but I think its accurate.

Even if my laptop doesn't have a wifi chip, I can still access the net through a usb wifi antenna (the kind that looks like a flashdrive). Of course, I still need an ISP, but most hotspots (such as starbucks) sell prepaid access, usually by the hour.

I know I can get internet service on my blackberry by installing BIS, but that's not what I'm asking about.

I guess what I'm asking is, if I connect a usb wifi antenna to my blackberry, will the browser see it, and recognize it as a working internet connection?

I agree it may not be possible, but I'm wondering if we are talking about a hardwired impossibility, or just something that can be overcome with the right settings or software?
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I guess what I'm asking is, if I connect a usb wifi antenna to my blackberry, will the browser see it, and recognize it as a working internet connection?

I agree it may not be possible, but I'm wondering if we are talking about a hardwired impossibility, or just something that can be overcome with the right settings or software?
I really don't know how much clearer we can be here... but I'll give it a shot.

IT'S NOT POSSIBLE TO DO WHAT YOU ARE DESCRIBING.

This is a "hardwired impossibility".
Your computer, unlike a Blackberry, has a USB Host Controller. HOST.
The BlackBerry doesn't have a USB Host Controller. It's always a slave. It can't host anything.

That's only one of many reasons it wouldn't work.
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Old 02-06-2008, 08:24 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks Penguin. That was very clear. And very helpful.

Just a comment though, and please don't take it as a reason to fire back at me. Many of us who visit these forums (and I try to read them all) are not technical experts, but we are also not idiots. We come to you for advice, and we certainly appreciate your time and help. By the nature of an internet forum, anyone can answer a question, even if he doesn't really know the answer. So when you give a one-line answer like "It's not possible", I feel the need to inquire further, especially in light of the other guy's response, which basically said that, other than the fact that there are no protocols written, it should work.

Your second reply "the blackberry doesn't have a usb host controller. It can't host anything" was informative and really helpful, and I appreciate it. I just didn't need the snide remark at the beginning.

But honestly, and with no sarcasm intended, thank you very much for your help.

Michael

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