Tethering & mobile hotspot: BlackBerry Bold 9900

Learn how to share your mobile internet with other devices using the BlackBerry Bold 9900. Find out more on this page:

 

Connection icons for tethering and mobile hotspot

Drivers for computers

Mobile hotspot via Wi-Fi

Tethering via USB

 

 

Connection icons for tethering and mobile hotspot

When your device is sharing the mobile internet connection, refer to the following:

 

N/ATethering via USB is turned on
icon2.bmpMobile hotspot via Wi-Fi is turned on

 

 

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Drivers for computers

Drivers are automatically installed when you install BlackBerry Desktop Software.

 

 

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Mobile hotspot via Wi-Fi

Set up mobile hotspot

To set up or configure a mobile hotspot over Wi-Fi, follow these steps:

 

  1. Scroll to and select the Status bar at the top of the Home screen to view Manage Connections.
  2. If necessary, scroll to and select the Mobile Network and Wi-Fi check boxes.
  3. Scroll to and select the Mobile Hotspot check box.
    • If this is your first time setting up Mobile Hotspot, you will be prompted to create a password.
  4. View the warning about data and battery use and select OK.
    Note: You can check Don't show me this again to prevent this message from appearing in the future.
  5. Scroll down and select Networks and Connections.
  6. Select Mobile Hotspot Connections.
  7. If desired, select the Don’t allow any more devices to connect check box.
    Note: This option will automatically disable when you turn off the Hotspot.
  8. Select Options.
  9. If desired, change the Network Name (SSID).
  10. If desired, select the Security Type drop-down box and select one of the following options:
    • None
    • WEP
    • WPA2 Personal
    • WPA/WPA2 Personal
  11. If desired, change the Passphrase or WEP Key.
  12. If desired, choose the desired Band:
    • 802.11g
    • 802.11bg
  13. If desired, select the Allow connected devices to exchange data with each other check box.
  14. If desired, select the Auto Shutoff Timer drop-down box and select the timer interval you want.

 

 

Turn on / off mobile hotspot

To turn on or turn off a mobile hotspot over Wi-Fi, follow these steps:

 

  1. Tap the Status bar at the top of the Home screen to view Manage Connections.
  2. If necessary, scroll to and select the Mobile Network and Wi-Fi check boxes.
  3. Scroll to and select the Mobile Hotspot check box.
  4. If prompted, enter a passphrase to use when connecting another device to your phone’s Mobile HotSpot, and then tap OK.
  5. View the warning about data and battery use and tap OK.
  6. Your phone starts broadcasting its Wi-Fi network name (SSID) so you can connect to it with up to five computers or other devices.

 

 

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Tethering via USB

To share you mobile data connection with a computer over a USB cable, follow these steps:

 

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Set up your Mobile Internet settings

Before you can use your BlackBerry smartphone as a modem, you must set up your Mobile Internet settings.

  1. Connect your smartphone to your computer.
  2. In the BlackBerry Desktop Software, click Tools > Mobile Internet settings.
  3. Select T-Mobile US from the Profile drop-down list.
  4. Click OK.

 

Connect to the Internet

  1. Connect your smartphone to your computer.
  2. In the BlackBerry Desktop Software, click Tools > Start Mobile Internet.
  3. Click Connect.

 

Your phone is now sharing its mobile network data connection with your computer via the USB connection. To end the connection, click your Internet connection status.

 

Desktop Manager for Mac

 

To use the BlackBerry smartphone as a tethered USB modem, complete the following steps:

 

  1. Install BlackBerry Desktop Software on the Mac computer.
  2. Using a USB cable, connect the BlackBerry smartphone to the Mac computer.
  3. On the menu bar of the Mac computer, click the Apple icon, and then go to System Preferences.
  4. Click Network. A dialog box stating New Interface Detected appears.
  5. Click OK.
  6. Click Apply.
  7. Click Advanced to complete the modem configuration.
  8. Verify the following information:
    • Vendor: Research In Motion
    • Model: BlackBerry IP Modem (GSM)
    • APN: epc.tmobile.com
  9. Click OK to save the configuration changes.
  10. Click Apply.
  11. Ensure that BlackBerry Desktop Software for Mac is closed.
  12. Click Connect.

 

Your phone is now sharing its mobile network data connection with your computer via the USB connection. To end the connection, click Disconnect.

 

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