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TheSpoon
Posts: 2
Registered: ‎05-04-2012
My Device: Bold 9780, Playbook 16gb
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Internet via bluetooth

Hi,

 

I was wondering if its possible to have my playbook connect to my laptop via bluetooth and use my laptops internet that way. (I already know the pb doesnt support ad-hoc) as my wireless doesnt reach all areas of my house.

 

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John_Clark
Posts: 16,158
Registered: ‎04-01-2008
My Device: BlackBerry Z30, Z10 and Q10 w/OS 10.3.0.1154; PlayBook w/OS 2.1.0.1917

Re: Internet via bluetooth

Sorry, that is not supported. The Playbook will only connect to a BlackBerry for Internet service.
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jerryg50
Posts: 1,204
Registered: ‎02-28-2009
My Device: Torch, Bold, Play Book, and Bluetooth HS-700

Re: Internet via bluetooth

Your laptop cannot act as a Bluetooth modem server. Most mobile Smart Phones can work as a Bluetooth tethered modem. If you have a Smart Phone that can act as a WiFi hotspot this will also work.

 

The Playbook can also be tethered using the bridge feature. The bridge feature works only with Blackberry phones that support the bridge software. The bridge mode for internet access is not as good and as fast as using it tethered to the phone.

 

Jerry G.

 

Jerry G.
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newideas2005
Posts: 19
Registered: ‎11-21-2011
My Device: Torch 9800 and Playbook 64gig

Re: Internet via bluetooth

You also cannot use Appworld via Blackberry Bridge or apply system updates. 

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jerryg50
Posts: 1,204
Registered: ‎02-28-2009
My Device: Torch, Bold, Play Book, and Bluetooth HS-700

Re: Internet via bluetooth

Yes! The PB can only be updated with WiFi. This is an aspect I don't like about it.

It should have been designed to allow updates with tethering. That is one thing that disapoints me.


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John_Clark
Posts: 16,158
Registered: ‎04-01-2008
My Device: BlackBerry Z30, Z10 and Q10 w/OS 10.3.0.1154; PlayBook w/OS 2.1.0.1917

Re: Internet via bluetooth

Why?? I would NEVER trust a mobile connection to do an update that is so large and with the possibility of bricking the device....no way.
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jerryg50
Posts: 1,204
Registered: ‎02-28-2009
My Device: Torch, Bold, Play Book, and Bluetooth HS-700

Re: Internet via bluetooth

A properly designed mobile device that can do updates over the mobile network, such as the Blackberry phone; is supposed to download the complete file, and do a file CRC check, parity check, and then a full integrity check before executing the install. When you download files using your computer, the OS does this type of thing before it allows the install.

 

Jerry G. 

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John_Clark
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My Device: BlackBerry Z30, Z10 and Q10 w/OS 10.3.0.1154; PlayBook w/OS 2.1.0.1917

Re: Internet via bluetooth

While I'm sure its possible you could download a 400MB file over the mobile network my guess is the carriers would cry foul and are the likely reason it doesn't work this way.
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knottyrope
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Registered: ‎06-25-2008
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Re: Internet via bluetooth


John_Clark wrote:
While I'm sure its possible you could download a 400MB file over the mobile network my guess is the carriers would cry foul and are the likely reason it doesn't work this way.


agreed

 




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jerryg50
Posts: 1,204
Registered: ‎02-28-2009
My Device: Torch, Bold, Play Book, and Bluetooth HS-700

Re: Internet via bluetooth

For people who operate tablets and tether to a laptop, it is possible to easily require a 3 GB or greater plan size over the mobile network. I use a laptop tethered to my Blackberry. I average 2 GB or greater per month of data usage just for the laptop. I have gone as high as 4 GB per month. A 400  mb to 600 mb file once in a while would not be an issue.

 

Jerry G.

 

Jerry G.