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Old 05-14-2007, 11:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Guys after at least a ton of tries I am using my 8700g on TMO as a BT modem for my Macbook pro.

I upgraded the OS on the 8700 to 4.2 and copied the script for the 8100 as a BT modem. Followed the instructions and had to modify one thing:

Under bluetooth menu> Sharing> check all boxes on both sides.

The connection will time out after 10 minutes then I have to hit the phone in the upper right hand corner to reconnect. I am new to mac's (just got one today) so I am not sure if I need to make the BT Modem my default connection and just turn on my airport when I need to.

If anyone has any suggestion on how to keep the connection open please let me know.

Major thanks to GGOODALE for the script.

PS My wife helped me out on the settings, Te amo Mami ; )
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Old 05-14-2007, 11:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Just back from speedtest.net and I am getting 214 kbps on the download and 48 kbps on the upload.
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Good to hear! You don't have to make your Bluetooth connection the default. The timeout is likely an inactivity timeout - T-Mo will disconnect you if you're not 'actively' using your connection and the time it takes to read a web page is apparently long enough to make T-Mo think you're idle.
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Good to hear! You don't have to make your Bluetooth connection the default. The timeout is likely an inactivity timeout - T-Mo will disconnect you if you're not 'actively' using your connection and the time it takes to read a web page is apparently long enough to make T-Mo think you're idle.
That definately sounds like what is going on with the connection. I will say at 10 minutes it will log me out but I just hit the connect and I am back on. Its a small price to pay but I have my mac mobile now so I am happy.
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I upgraded the OS on the 8700 to 4.2 and copied the script for the 8100 as a BT modem. Followed the instructions and had to modify one thing:



Hello
What exactly did you do to get the script over to the 8700?
Could you post a few steps?
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I upgraded the OS on the 8700 to 4.2 and copied the script for the 8100 as a BT modem. Followed the instructions and had to modify one thing:
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What exactly did you do to get the script over to the 8700?
Could you post a few steps?
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The script is installed on your mac, not your BlackBerry. You can find full instructions in the sticky at the top of the Mac forum, or head over here for more info.
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Hello
What exactly did you do to get the script over to the 8700?
Could you post a few steps?
Ggoodale is correct I followed his steps exactly to the T. The only additional step i took was:

Open the Bluetooth connection on your Mac > Go into Sharing > Check all of the boxes.

I am really surprised that more people haven't caught onto this, I used my BB for a modem everyday when I used a PC. Now that I have a Mac I haven't slept for 3 days, having a BT modem rocks!
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Life is so good right now.
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Life is so good right now.
DITTO!!! I thought not having a wireless modem moving from windows would be the end, but after trying different configurations and the BT modem working I keep my Mac on my hip.
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idealist, does this mean you can reconnect without having to restart your 8700??

(That would be EXCELLENT news because according to ggoodale, the other people using an 8700 with the OS 4.2 upgrade are reporting they need to restart [by removing the battery] every time they want to reconnect).

Please let me know, since maybe you are leaving out that you need to restart? This would be a great help for me deciding whether to upgrade to 4.2.
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idealist, does this mean you can reconnect without having to restart your 8700??

(That would be EXCELLENT news because according to ggoodale, the other people using an 8700 with the OS 4.2 upgrade are reporting they need to restart [by removing the battery] every time they want to reconnect).

Please let me know, since maybe you are leaving out that you need to restart? This would be a great help for me deciding whether to upgrade to 4.2.
I never have to take my battery out to reconnect, if you need all of instructions I will be happy to send them to you.
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Absolutely! Hopefully we can adapt them to other models as well.
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A quick follow-up: The only place my configuration differed from idealist's was on the Sharing tab of the Bluetooth page in System Preferences. Two of the three checkboxes under the 'key' icon weren't ticked on my laptop.

To test, I ticked those boxes, then tried connecting via my Pearl. I was able to successfully connect and disconnect three times without pulling the battery! However, the fourth time the phone once again wedged itself and required a battery pull to fix the problem.

So, it seems as though ticking the checkboxes makes a difference, even if it doesn't completely remove the problem. Further investigation needed.
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Well, I am incredibly grateful to both of you for all the investigating. I'm new to BB but I actually have been doing cellphone-as-modem, often as my only home internet connection, for almost six years -- using various budget phones starting with a Kyocera 2255 on Sprint's first-gen network (where you were lucky to get 12k down / 10 up, with crazy latency, like 1000ms+ pings).

I've NEVER had a setup that wasn't at least a little "fiddly."

If I can now get 200k down with a $100 device on a $30/mo total plan, that will be spectacular.
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So with the 8700g as a modem over T-Mo network the fastest you can get it to work is 200 Kbps?
That seems slow to me. Or am I wrong?
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So with the 8700g as a modem over T-Mo network the fastest you can get it to work is 200 Kbps?
That seems slow to me. Or am I wrong?
That's right. EDGE tops out at around 225kbps.
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