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How to set up a bluetooth PAN on a macbook

by hasanrulz / October 21, 2008 7:11 AM PDT

How to set up a bluetooth PAN on a macbook( late 2007 eith leopard), so that i can use it to connect to internet from my Palm Treo 755p.

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by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / October 21, 2008 10:41 PM PDT

Open the BlueTooth preferences on your Mac and then, in the resulting window, choose Advanced.

You'll see the option for connecting a Bluetooth device to the Internet there.

Let us know how you get on


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..okay then?
by hasanrulz / October 22, 2008 2:54 AM PDT
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yes i already did that, but when i set up a connection on my Palm TREO to connect to the computer network using bluetooth, it tends to connect to the cellular internet service instead of computer network.
So i was guessing maybe i need to set up some kind of bluetooth PAN to get internet on Palm.

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Does your Palm
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / October 22, 2008 2:56 AM PDT
In reply to: ..okay then?

connect the PAN that you set up using the Bluetooth preferences?

You may want to check the Palm manual on this


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by hasanrulz / October 22, 2008 3:13 AM PDT
In reply to: Does your Palm

i have no idea how to create a PAN from bluetooth preference. In advanced tab in bluetooth preference there is just couple of check boxes, one of them says "share my internet connection with other bluetooth device". And i clicked it, i dont think this is how a PAN is set up.

i need to know how to set up a PAN using bluetooth ( and some details if possible.

And thanks a lot for helping me in this. I am so lost.

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and that is exactly how
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / October 22, 2008 7:03 AM PDT
In reply to: PAN

you set up a PAN using bluetooth. There are four check boxes under the Advanced tab. One of the is
"Share my internet connection with other bluetooth Devices" which would seem to be the clue here.
What happened when you checked that box?

As Bob asks, does your phone support such a thing?

FWIW, I have just run through the setup procedure on my Leopard Mac, using the instructions I gave you and the others that followed when I did what those instructions said.
After pairing with my iPhone (1st Gen), I was informed that the iPhone did not have any services that could be used with a PAN.
That said, the iPhone is capable of joining any WiFi network, secure or otherwise, without the need for any interaction from a computer.

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Let's be sure your 755p is able to do this.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 22, 2008 5:55 AM PDT

Tap on Prefs and then Bluetooth. Turn it on.

Back to Prefs and then Network. Click on Service, New and if your phone is LOCKED by your service provider there is NOTHING more to do. Game over.

If you make it this far you can then rename the "Service", then on Connection add a Bluetooth to PC connection.

I am not rewriting this but that's how its done on my Treo 650. If yours differs it won't be by much.

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PS. The screens are at this link.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 22, 2008 10:12 AM PDT
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