Cell Phone Tethering For Laptop Internet Access
Tethering is the process of using your Blackberry or Android smart phone as an Internet modem, which is then connected via USB cable or Bluetooth to your PC or laptop allowing Internet access.
Although a cell phones aren’t normally used as a primary method for accessing the Internet, it is a handy tool if the circumstances are right.
Cellular phone equipment doesn’t have to be a physical connection to be considered tethering, since the introduction of Bluetooth wireless functionality back in 2002, Smartphone connection can now be accomplished by either USB cable or Bluetooth Technology.
Blackberry and Android phones both have a different and unique set of procedures to accomplish a tethering connection.
We’re going to cover each type of smart phone and explain to you the process involved and some of the possible unforeseen anomalies that might occur when performing this little maneuver.
Once you’ve decided to connect your Blackberry or Android smart phone with your laptop, the first thing you want to do is update your smart phone with the latest OS and firmware revision possible, so do that now.
Next you’ll want to install the latest version of the smart phone connection software on your laptop (this is the CD that came with your smart phone). For blackberry it’s known as Blackberry Desktop and PC Studio for most Android phones.
Last but not least you’ll need your smart phones USB data cable. Although a cell phone tether can be performed via Bluetooth, not all smart phones are capable of Bluetooth tether so we’ll default to providing instruction for a USB tether which accommodates the majority of users.
Blackberry and Android Connection Procedures
To maintain quality and compatibility with consumer mobile equipment, both our Blackberry and Android procedures are currently being updated to a new click through instruction guide to help make the process more user friendly. We apologize for the inconvenience.
The Blackberry cell phone process requires having the BB modem drivers installed and loaded on the laptop which is performed when the Blackberry Desktop software is installed and running.
Tethering your Blackberry smart phone with your laptop via its USB data cable, and install the latest version of Blackberry Desktop software that comes with your smart phone, to insure the most up to date modem drivers are being installed.
To run the BB handheld manager service which is the necessary component in having the laptop communicate with your Blackberry, you need only to open the Blackberry Desktop software suite, and the handheld manager service will start automatically.
Once your laptop is connected with your Blackberry and communication is established, all that needs to be done is to create a dial-up connection on your Blackberry to your mobile service provider by following the Blackberry procedure related to your specific mobile.
The Android phone tethering procedure can be done in several ways depending on how much trouble you want to go through, so for Wireless Home Network Made Easy we choose the simplest method that was free to the users.
As previously mentioned, make sure your Androids OS and firmware revision are to the latest and most current versions available, and also download the most recent revision of the Android PC Studio software which contains the most up to date drivers for your smart phone to be loaded on your laptop.
Once you have applied all the software updates, we will be traveling out to the Android market place to download a free application that will make the procedure simple, and avoids having to manually Root your Android keeping it in warranty with your mobile service provider.
Once your laptop is connected with our Android via the USB data cable and you have opened the Android PC Studio software that loads the necessary drivers for the connection, just follow the Android procedure related to your specific mobile device to make the connection.
That’s it! We hope you have a better understanding of this tethering connection method and share this procedure with anyone who might need it to gain Internet access through their mobile phone service.