How to Use the BlackBerry 8310 as a Wi-Fi Router

Written by katrina matterhorn
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The BlackBerry is a branded series of smartphones designed and distributed by Research in Motion, that features mobile e-mail, multimedia messaging and Internet connectivity. The BlackBerry 8310 features BlackBerry Maps, voice-activated dialling and Wi-Fi. If you are in an area with limited Wi-Fi access, you can use the BlackBerry 8310 as a Wi-Fi router.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • BlackBerry Desktop Manager
  • APN settings

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Double-click the BlackBerry Desktop Manager icon on the computer to open the program.

  2. 2

    Attach the BlackBerry 8310 device to the computer by connecting the small end of the USB cable into the BlackBerry's USB port, and the other end into the computer's USB port.

  3. 3

    Click "Start" from the computer's main menu and click "Control Panel."

  4. 4

    Type "Phone Modem" into the "Search" box and click "Phone and Modem Options," then "Modems." Click "Standard Modems," "Properties," then "Change Settings."

  5. 5

    Click "Advanced" and type your carrier-specific APN settings. The settings differ depending upon your service provider. You may need to contact your cell phone carrier to get the APN settings. Click "OK."

  6. 6

    Click "Start" from the main menu and click "Control Panel." Type "Set Up Connection" in the "Search" box. Click "Set Up Dial-Up Connection" and click "Next." Click "No, Create New Connection" then click "Dial-Up" as the connection method.

  7. 7

    Select "Standard Modem" and type "*99#" as the dial-up number and leave the password and username blank. Type a name for your connection and click "Connect."

  8. 8

    Click "Start," from the main menu and click "Control Panel." Type "Connections" in the "Search" box and click "View Network Connections." Right-click on the BlackBerry connection you have just configured and click "Properties." Click "Networking," then click "Internet Protocol Version 4." Click "Advanced" and check the box next to "Use IP Header Compression." You should now be able to use the BlackBerry 8310 as a Wi-Fi router.

Tips and warnings

  • Contact your service provider and make sure you have a "Tethering" plan for your device. This will allow your computer to connect to the Internet through the BlackBerry 8310.

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