Saturday, December 02, 2006

Vista: Tethering the Samsung BlackJack over USB

My not so reliable Comcast has conked out and I'm left to either "borrow" my generous neighbor's wifi (unsecure http transmission) or figure another way out to get Internet. Luckily, I recently upgraded my SMT5600 to a sexy sleek Samsung Blackjack.

Few easy steps:
1. Set the Settings-->(6) Connections --> (4) USB to ActiveSync. The reason why this setting needs to be set to ActiveSync as opposed to Modem, is to allow for the phone to be charged while in use. Otherwise, if you tether this baby as suggested by Cingular, 3g will drain your battery relatively quickly (1.5hrs or so).

2. Install Samsung's Blackjack modem drivers. I can't find these online, but on Vista, some of the drivers are available through Microsoft Update. Otherwise, they are available on the CD that the device comes with.

3. After the drivers are installed, plug-in the phone via USB and allow for Vista to auto detect the device.

4. On the Blackjack look for Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) and set PC Connection: USB and Network Connection to: (Media Net if you're using Cingular or your custom mMode settings for AT&T Wireless).

5. Windows will now auto detect a Remote NDIS based Internet sharing device.

6. After Vista is done installing the Internet sharing device, presto you're ONLINE - BOOYA! :)

Note: I've been having some trouble with getting games to work online, particularly Warcraft 3 (port 6112), where ports have to be mapped and routed. Hopefully, I can find a reasonable workaround.


Scott said...

to go into Vista and enter in my own DNS settings. I used OpenDNS.

Have you heard of anyone else needing to do this?

Karlana said...

This is for the birds. I am unable to download the driver at all!

Frank said...

What you are describing is PAN setup and using ICS. You do not have to install the modem driver as it is for DUN.

J. R. said...

Frank, you are incorrect. The reason he uses the modem driver is because the Bluetooth profile is broken between the Blackjack and Windows Vista. PAN (Bluetooth) only works with XP.

Frank said...

Uh, you don't need to set USB connection to Modem. You just need to turn on ICS when tethered.

You don't want to use modem protocol as the phone battery doesn't get charged while using the phone as a modem.

Using ICS allows you to surf the web at 3G speed (800~1000kb download) while continuing to charge the phone battery.

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