Saga of a Road Warrior

I discussed, after my last trip to Sun on the west coast in my commentary on Bill Vass's pitch here... and in more depth "Is that a disk in your lap....the advantages and disadvantages of nomadic computing. I have since obtained a wireless LAN card, but got caught at Vodafone's premises of all places without a connection. So quick trip to Jenny and a smart bluetooth transmitter for the laptop is on its way. I need never be off the net again Is this really agood thing?

Its arrived now, (the vendor site [Belkin] is here...) . You'd think that using the XP partition it would be easy but No. The transceiver drivers go on just like that, but I can't detect the phone. So I check up on the manual, it seems that I need some more software from Nokia. The manual recommends a URL which of course has changed, so I muck around inside the Nokia site and finally use google with the keywords Nokia 6310i Modem Setup which takes me here.... NB. This may be a red herring.

I've downloaded the software and manuals and left it a day or two. The Nokia 6310i Modem Setup is failing, but the Bluetooth discovery program worked this time. (I'm afraid I don't know if running the N6MS led to a device probe that failed for its own purposes, it claims there is no Nokia Bluetooth device, or going for a glass of Pimms while waiting for the probe made a difference & the N6MS is a diversion). It found the phone. Another two hours mucking around, I finally discover the "Create New Connection" button, which shows me that XP's dial up infrastructure can see a bluetooth modem.

So I've now created a Tiscali over Bluetooth dial up agent and I'm away. (I might check out the other obvious ISPs (including Vodafone & O2), but most seem to be a bit leery about letting their customers configure their own Dial-Up agents.

It does seem awfully slow and I wonder if there's a quicker way, forcing GPRS or something. Actually the modem claims to be "Standard Modem over bluetooth", so I still need to install the 6310i as a modem. I used the \*.inf file in the downloads directory which I must have got from the Nokia software pages. The Modem seems good and I created another dialler, this time Tiscali over Nokia 6310i. Looks like I may need to reboot because the Nokia software N6MS is still failing to install. When I do that I discover that the modem is also failing to install and the most recent dialler has changed from using the Nokia driver to using the standard driver. Silly.

So back to the beginning. I check on the Belkin Site and discover a FAQ for user of XP SP2 users. This involves deleting the Microsoft bluetooth driver. Once I do this, the belkin discovery software works as you'd expect, discovers the phone and creates a dialup agent over bluetooth. Why didn't the box have a sticker on it?? Waahhhh!

The N6MS is still not recognising the bluetooth as successfully installed so I'm not yet using GPRS. I have browsed around the Nokia site and renewed my Nokia Club membership, but I can't find what I need, nor have I found a community site that might help me.

Note: This was written at the time, over a week but published as one article. I propose to get GPRS working so come back some time. I have also written a boring version of this article here...

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