Need help with tethering on a mac PDAnet

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  1. chomorro

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    Really? im going to check that one out.
     
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    the mac version of pdanet is on their website under the android section. its version 2.15. it includes usb tethering and bluetooth DUN
     
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    I just tried it and it doesn't work. The instructions say that installation will create a new network interface that I'll see in the Network Preferences, but nothing shows up there. When I click connect, it says it can't find the network preferences.

    I'd really rather use Bluetooth anyway, but that isn't working either. I get an error about not finding an "RFCOMM serial port"...

    WTF? I'd swear PDAnet worked with Bluetooth when I first downloaded it a few weeks ago, and now it doesn't work anymore, and neither does USB. :mad:
     
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    From what I've been able to figure out, the RFCOMM profile is not currently supported on Droid. I wanted to attach a hand held bar code scanner which didn't work. It apparently needs that profile.

    Maybe some techies could elaborate.
     
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    I've had some bizarrely unpredictable successes getting the BlueTooth Connection to work.... I just can't mail down what the actual difference is between the times it works and when it doesn't. Sometimes, it seems like if I restart both the Mac and the Droid, and make the PDANet BlueTooth connection before doing anything else on the Droid, it will work... but not again if I disconnect and try to re-connect.. and not every time, either... Very weird. I NEVER got the USB tether to work at all, so I uninstalled the damn software, since the Bluetooth one didn't require any special software, and maybe they'll get that working again?

    I did manager to get "azlink" working for a USB tether, but it is a bit of a pain in the butt and not clearly documented.
     
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    I was just messing with this issue earlier my Mac and PDA net I will try the Bluetooth thing internet wasn't working the program would freeze on my Mac connecting via USB connection.
     
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    I use PDAnet on my MBP and have no problems with it. You have to make sure to have the updated software from June Fabrics.. They have updated this software to support USB tethering on Mac.
     
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    Will pdanet work with a G4 Powerbook? I am running OS 10.5.6 (Leopard). I read somewhere that it doesn't work on with Powerbooks or iMacs. Has anyone had success getting it to work on a machine with a Power PC processor (as opposed to intel). Thanks.
     
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    So I'm tethered using Bluetooth DUN on my mac right now. It was a really weird string of processes I had to follow to get it to work but I'll post here. USB tether works flawlessly with PDANet 2.17, but Bluetooth at least requires me to mess around more to get it to work. I'm running Snow Leopard 10.6.2 on a black macbook.

    1. Make sure your mac is connected to wireless internet via airport.
    2. Enable bluetooth DUN on pdanet on the droid.
    3. Go to network settings, bluetooth DUN, and click "connect."
    4. The bluetooth DUN setting will work, and it will stay connected rather than simply connecting briefly and then turning off.
    5. Turn off your airport and wireless will drop, but the droid will stay tethered and working.

    Now if you don't have a wireless connection over airport when you start all this, the bluetooth DUN from the droid will connect for a second, and then it will drop the connection. WHY does this happen!!?? Isn't the whole purpose of tethering the phone to get internet when I DON'T have access to other wireless networks!? PLEASE somebody clarify this for me, or write up how you have gotten bluetooth DUN and PDANet to work with your mac!!
     
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    I have a Powerbook G4 and was able to tether with my Motorola Droid and PDA net via Bluetooth.

    Pair your phone with your Mac via the bluetooth settings. I'm assuming you know how to pair BT devices. Make sure you have "Enable Internet connection sharing" (or something along those lines, can't remember the exact wording) checked during the initial pairing/setup.

    Go to System Preferences --> Network and click on the "+" to add a new interface. Select "Bluetooth" from the dropdown menu and call it MotoDroid or whatever you want. Enter "123" (without the quotes) in the "Telephone Number" section and hit "apply". Click "Connect" and you should be off and running.

    Whenever you want to enable tethering in the future -- Fire up PDANet and enable Bluetooth, go to your Mac's network connections, select the new BT interface and click "connect".

    You do not need the OSX PDANet client installed on your Powerbook for this to work. Just install the client on the Droid.

    Hope this helps. Let me know if it doesn't.
     
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    Got it to work but . . .

    I've been successful in tethering the powerbook to my droid. Now here is the next issue. I can no longer access secure sites on my powerbook when tethering because the free version of pdanet is only good for 14 days after which you must purchase the license. I went to the site and paid the $18.95 for the license directly from my droid and I received an email with the serial number. Unfortunately you must enter the serial number on the computer side with the pdanet software loaded on the computer. Of course it doesn't work with my powerbook so the point is moot. Is there a way to access the secure sites after the 14 days or do I have to uninstall and reinstall pdanet every 14 days on the droid?
     
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    Hrm. Not sure about that. I've never been prompted for any registration or serial number with PDANet. I don't use the PDANet app on the Powerbook, just the app on the Droid and Bluetooth DUN.

    Is it 14 days of use or do you get the reminder 14 days after you installed the application? I installed this months ago and have never seen anything asking me to register. I'm running version 2.42 if that makes any difference.
     
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