[clug] HOWTO: 3G via bluetooth phone on Debian Linux

Paul Wayper paulway at mabula.net
Sun Nov 14 23:52:40 MST 2010

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On 11/15/2010 11:25 AM, Adam Thomas wrote:
> On 14 November 2010 16:29, Ian Munsie <darkstarsword at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> The other night at PSIG Bob asked me about my Internet connection. I
>> was connected to Optus mobile broadband using my Nokia N900 as a
>> bluetooth modem. I said I'd write a blog entry about it with the
>> scripts I use for it and so here it is:
>> http://darkstarshout.blogspot.com/2010/11/3g-bluetooth-on-debian-linux.html
>>> "last time I checked out Network Manager I found that it could set up a USB 3G
>>> modem pretty easily but had zero provisions to set up a bluetooth modem, and
>>> the Linux bluetooth stack (bluez) also leaves something to be desired"
> There has been a fair amount of work on the Gnome BlueTooth projects
> and the Network Manager project to get BT modems setup in a few
> clicks.
> I have used BlueMan[0] in the past to simplify the rfcomm steps but it
> appears that newer versions of the BlueTooth applet in Gnome can do
> that step now too[1].
> [0]: http://blueman-project.org/
> [1]: http://blogs.gnome.org/dcbw/2009/07/10/unwire-with-networkmanager/
> The setup of the APN, chat scripts and the actual dial-up/hang-up has
> been hidden from me for a while as Ubuntu (and Debian too) have been
> shipping config templates for a whole lot of service providers that
> Just Work(TM) via the Network Manager's Mobile Broadband setup wizard.

I too have had a similar experience.  Back in mid 2009 I managed to get a
combination of wvdial and hand-hacking /etc/resolv.conf working from
instructions that I browsed on the tiny screen of my 5310i.  Then I installed
Fedora 13 and got NetworkManager's own bluetooth stuff working with it.  As
long as I remember to connect to Optus rather than the phone it works well,
but since it's GPRS and has a maximum speed of 4KB/sec, it usually gets
confused by more than one web page loading at a time.

The phone upgrade's a topic for another post.

Have fun,

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