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How to connect your N900 with your Macbook over Bluetooth

20 February 2010Entry by

Sometimes, when you on the “road” with your Macbook, you may want to connect to the internet, for instance to check your emails or just to surf some sites on a “normal” screen size, what ever. Or maybe your WLAN connection fails and you desperately want to make a money transfer. There are many reasons for the need to connect to the net with your N900.

First you have to download the Bluetooth Dial-Up Networking App from the appmanager on your phone. Follow the install routine.

The next step is to establish the bluetooth connection from your Macbook to your phone. Go to the systemsettings and open the bluetooth tab. Click on the “+” on the bottom of the window to activate the connection assistant. Hit next and select mobilphone. Now your Macbook will detect your N900 (please don’t forget to turn on the bluetooth on your phone first). Confirm your selection and enter the number shown on the screen into your phone. Tap OK and your connection is almost done. Confirm with next until you get to the end of the routine.

Now select your phone from the list, and go to the connection settings (its the gear-wheel on the bottom of the window). Choose edit connection and check the box: Show connection in the systemsettings “network” in the opening window (I use a german OSX so please forgive me, if its not exactly spelled in english as it shows up on your own Mac).

At last you have to go to the systemsettings network tab to fill in the essential fields your provider requires (mostly you will find the instrucitons on the website of your provider).

With these steps finished just hit connect, and you should get your bluetooth internet connection with your N900.

Fact is, connecting your N900 to your Macbook to use it as a modem offers you flexibility in many cases. It’s only a pity that the other services like iSync doesn’t work yet. There is indeed a iSync plugin, but it is not approved yet, so beware of installing it. (I didn’t!).

- sam -


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