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Windows 7: Using bluetooth phone as modem

29 May 2013   #1
rowanbradley

Windows 7 Pro
 
 
Using bluetooth phone as modem

I would like to use my Huawei G300 Ascend Android smartphone to get internet access for my laptop when I'm not within range of a WiFi hotspot. Preferably I would like to do this wirelessly (via Bluetooth or WiFi).
I have successfully (I thhink) paired my phone with my PC, but I don't understand how to set up a connection with my phone so it will act as a wide area broadband modem.
If I go to Control Panel, Hardware and Sound, Devices and Printers I can asee my phone under devices. It looks sort of greyed out. If I right click on it and select Properties, and then select the Services tab, no services are shown (see attachment).
A related question: is it bettwer to connect to the phone using Bluetooth, or using the phone's "personal hotspot" feature? Why?
Thanks - Rowan





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29 May 2013   #2
PooMan UK

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Set your phone up as a "hotspot" then on your wireless connections on your laptop you will see the name of your phone as a wireless connection ... connect to this which will then give you internet access, make sure your phone provider doesn't charge you extra for "tethering"
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30 May 2013   #3
rowanbradley

Windows 7 Pro
 
 

Yes, I will try this next time I am in an area with a mobile signal. However, it seems to me that this might be slower, or use the battery on my phone more quickly than using Buetooth to connect from the phone to the PC. Does anyone know how these connection methods compare for speed, security, battery use, or anything else?

Why can't I connect using Bluetooth?

Thanks - Rowan
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