The Easiest Way To Use BlackBerry as a Tethered Modem – IP Modem Feature in Desktop Manager 5.0.1
Many new users have this one common question after using BlackBerry for few days -“how to tether blackberry to laptop? With large data plan on a BlackBerry device, its very convenient to use BlackBerry as a Tethered Modem to get on to the Internet specially while traveling or when do not have any other alternate Internet Connection.
With the introduction of new feature IP Modem in the Desktop Manager v5.0.1 (Windows), its much easier to connect BlackBerry device to laptop/PC and get the Internet. With this you do not need any more APN settings, does not matter whether your BlackBerry is CDMA or GSM and you do not need to buy any third party apps like TetherBerry.
All you need is a BlackBerry with large data plan, USB cable and Desktop Manger 5.0.1 installed on a Windows Laptop/PC.
Set up Modem Connection Settings
Before using your BlackBerry device as a modem, you must set up your modem connection settings to create a profile.
- Connect your BlackBerry to the computer using a USB cable
- Open the BlackBerry Desktop Manager
- Click IP Modem
- If the current connection profile does not appear as per your Wireless Carrier, click Configure
- In the Connection Profile drop-down list select your Wireless Carrier. Click OK.
- If you want to continue using your device as a modem after you close the BlackBerry Desktop Manager, select the “Keep an IP Modem connection open after the BlackBerry Desktop Manager is closed” check box.
- In Connection Settings ensure the Current connection profile is set as your Wireless Carrier
- Click Connect
- The Internet connection status is displayed on the lower-left area of the screen.
- Click Disconnect in the IP Modem section of the Desktop Manager. If the Desktop Manager is already closed, end the connection by right-clicking the “Dial-Up” icon in the notification area of the Windows taskbar.
Note: Only one device can be used as a modem with your computer at a time.
If you get any error message like shown above or others double check following settings.
- Make sure that the Connection Profile is correct based on the wireless service provider
- Verify that the wireless radio on the BlackBerry smartphone is turned on
- If you are on BES, make sure “IP Modem IT policy rule” is disabled
I hope this was straight forward helpful guide if you want to use BlackBerry Curve as modem or use BlackBerry Storm as modem. Feel free to leave comments if you run into any difficulties.