For the past two months, I’ve been on a quest to find a way to use my Bluetooth Modem capabilities on my LG vx8300 with my MacBook Pro. It wasn’t able to connect until the other day when a reader referred me to a HowardForums thread on how to setup Bluetooth DUN with a LG vx9800 phone and Mac OS X. The instructions given for the vx9800 phone also happen to work with the vx8300 phone, and probably many other models, as well.
You’d think setting up DUN with your Verizon LG phone with your Mac would be a piece of cake, right? No. You cannot just simply go through the setup assistant and start surfing the web via your phone. The problem lies with what’s called PAP authentication. Mac OS X does not provide a simple checkbox to turn PAP authentication on or off. To enable (or disable) PAP authentication, you must go through several steps in the Terminal. Even though these steps are very self-explanatory, those of you afraid of the command line might just want to stay away from this hint. If you just follow my steps, I’ll get your Mac connected to your vx8300 or your vx9800 with no problem.
Although the 1x speed is not quite as fast as a high-speed broadband connection, it is acceptable and comes in handy when traveling and without internet. It is also a very cheap way to get internet service considering Verizon only charges the connection for the minutes used, just like a regular call. Cell phone users who used to use QNC for their mobile internet access have reported that this connection is much faster and practical.
I do not know the whether this will work with all Verizon phones. So far, the vx8300 and the vx9800 are the only two phones that I know are working with Verizon’s DUN. If anyone else with another type of phone wishes to try this, let me know of the outcome.
Any more ideas or comments are welcome!
- If you have not done so already, pair your Bluetooth-enabled LG phone with your Mac. You can pair your phone with the Bluetooth Setup Assistant, accessible via the Bluetooth preference pane in System Preferences.
- Enable bluetooth on your phone and on your Mac, if you have not done so already.
- In order for the modem to work, you have to force the phone into 1x-only mode. You can achieve this by going to the phone menu and pressing “0″. For the service code, enter “000000″. Go to “Network Select”, then “Mode Preference”. Choose “1x Only” for the mode preference and clear back to the phone’s main screen.
- Go to the Network preference pane in System Preferences. Choose “Bluetooth” from the “Show:” drop-down menu. If Bluetooth is not available in the drop-down list, go to “Network Port Configurations” and check “Bluetooth” as an option. Select the “Bluetooth Modem” tab and select “Verizon Support (PC 5220)” as the modem script.
- Launch the Terminal.
- Copy and paste the following two lines of code into the Terminal:
- Authenticate with your system’s root password.
- Copy and paste the following lines of code:
- Hit “Control+X” to exit the Pico application within the Terminal.
- When asked to save, hit “Y” for yes.
- Save the file as “options” (without quotes) and hit return.
- Quit the Terminal and open up the Internet Connect application.
- Select Bluetooth and enter “#777″ for the telephone number, “[yournumberhere]@vzw3g.com”, and “vzw” for your password.
- Click “Connect”, and you will now be able to use your phone for internet access wherever you go.
Thanks Pengaroo for the link and bombboyer for the fix!