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Archive for September, 2007

Internet Connection Sharing from Windows Mobile 6 to Computer

Saturday, September 22nd, 2007

The new Internet Sharing feature in Windows Mobile 6 claimed that it saves lots of hassles to share a 3G/GPRS internet connection from a PDA running on WM6 to a laptop or computer. But it was a bad experience for me. It took hours for me to make it work.

Before you even try to do this, you should make sure that your PDA can browse the web with its 3G/GPRS. If it's not working, you should ask your mobile service provider to get the configuration right. Some service provider requires you to activate the service before using it.

Here the steps on how I finally did it using the USB cable way:

  1. On your PDA, tap Start > Programs > Internet Sharing.
  2. Select "USB" for "PC Connection"
  3. For "Network Connection", choose the one that you will use to connect to your 3G from PDA. For my case, I'm using "Maxis Internet".
  4. Tap "Connect". The PDA will attempt to connect to the USB, then to the internet using 3G.
  5. Then, at your laptop, you will see a network connection, just like another LAN connection that you have.

That's it! You should be able to access the internet by now.

To share a connection with bluetooth has almost the same steps, except that you will need to create partnership between your laptop with your PDA first.

I have a few troubleshooting tips if you can't get it working on your first try.

  • You may need to turn off or configure your Windows Firewall or other firewall that you are using.
  • You should disable other Local Area Networks (LAN) if you have any. (This is the problem that costs me hours)
  • You may need to disable USB connection in the connection settings of your ActiveSync.
  • You may need to disable advanced network functionality in your WM6. Go to Start > Settings > Connections > USB to PC to find it.
  • Having all above done and still not able to get it working, you may try to read help file from WM6. In your PDA, go to Start > Help. Search for "Internet Sharing".

Before I forget, the one important thing that you must do, is to check the price per KB from your service provider. The package that I have here is 1sen/KB. That is equivalent to RM10 (USD 3) per MB. It's expensive but sometimes, it helps when you need to check something urgently.

Enjoy surfing.

Noise in the Phone? Get Splitter

Monday, September 10th, 2007

I setup a new ADSL internet connection for my friend few months ago. Some easy settings in the wireless router got the internet working without any problem. However, after some time, he keeps complaining that his cordless phone in another room gets some noise when he turns on the wireless router.

I am very sure that I have installed splitter on the telephone line that modem is connecting. I think that would be sufficient and a phone from a different wall socket does not need a splitter. Although I know there is an answer for it but I was too lazy to find out, so I convinced him to live with it.

Until very recently, during my window shopping at Low Yat Plaza (local IT hardware hub) I saw a shop selling splitter Aztech DSL phone splitter (PS200) for only RM15 (USD 4). I think I could get one and try to install it on the second wall socket to see if it could fix the noise problem.

After trying it out, the noise is gone. If you encounter something like this, make sure you get a second splitter.