Saga of a Road Warrior
By DaveLevy on Jun 26, 2005
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
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. .
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??
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...