I wanted to take full advantage of my T-Mobile Web ‘n Walk package on the move by using my shiny new N95 as a 3G BlueTooth Modem for my MacBook Pro. I had to hunt around for a few bits and pieces for this to work so thought I would Collate them here, both for when I need to re-find them, and for others that may also want use there N95 as a G3 modem.
- Download the Nokia 3G Modem Scripts from Ross Barkman’s Home Page the scripts that I used are listed as Scripts for Nokia 3G (EDGE/UMTS) phones and can be found here Nokia 3g modem scripts
- The download does include instructions on use in a read me but for completeness… Unpack the .sit file and copy or move the files named “Nokia 3G CID1â€³and â€œNokia 3G CID2” to your “Library:Modem Scripts” folder on your MacBook Pro
- Next pair your device to your Mac. Make sure your N95 has bluetooth switched on, then in the System Preferences > Bluetooth panel select the devices tab, hit “Set Up New Device…”.
Hit continue on the first information screen.
Select that you are planning to pair to a Mobile Phone and continue, the search should begin
Once you have your N95 showing up hit continue.
- Your Mac will look take a shor time to look for information on your N95’s bluetooth services and then ask you to enter a Passkey into the N95. You will then be shown the following screen.
- Ensure you select to “Access the Internet with your phones data connection. Also select the option to “Use a direct, higher speed connection to reach your Internet Service Provider (GPRS, 1xRTT)”. You will then be shown the following screen.
- I collected the user details again from Ross Barkman’s Home Page, he has a lot of information for other service providers but it took the information relevant to T-Mobile in the UK and the Web ‘n Walk Package I am using. I did try the “Nokia 3G CID2” modem script but had that did not seem to connect via the N95. Instead I use the “Nokia 3G CID1â€³modem script
- Once you have completed this step you should see a confirmation screen and a little phone icon appears in your status bar (assuming you asked for it to be displayed).
When you want to use your N95 to connect simply click the little phone, select the connection you have just created and then click connect. You may need to authorise the use of the N95 on the device. If all has gone well when you connect and select “Open Internet Connect…” from the menu you should see something like this.
One thing I have noticed when using the N95 as a 3G modem is that images on the web seem to have an additional level of compression applied to them.
To make the whole connect seamless in future it you can set your MacBook Pro to be an Authorised Device on your N95. this is done in the “Tools > Bluetooth >Paired Devices” tab on the N95. Select your MacBook Pro and in the menu select “Set as authorised”. Now when you try and connect you will not be asked to allow the connection.
This is a minor thing that I have not worried about, how this extra compression would affect video streaming or VIOP I am unsure. If anyone knows what causes this then it would be great to know how to fix this….