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TWEAK: Using the Red-E Smartphone as a USB Modem for Notebooks
Posted by Arne Hess - on Monday, 08.09.03 - 18:26:20 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News - Viewed 14930x
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Some time ago, I have compiled a tutorial here on PPCW.Net about how to "setting up a GPRS connection for Win XP and USB using Smartphone 2002" and that days I've used the HTC Modem driver form my SPV and PPCW.Net i-Mate. Now, the great folks from Smartphone Thoughts tweaked that modem driver to use it with the Red-E/Compal/Microsoft Developer Smartphone as well:

Unlike the IR Port, USB Modem driver is not available with Windows install. What makes it tough is that USB modem drivers are model specific. So the SPV 100 (HTC Tanager) driver will not work for a phone based on different platform, like Everlink Red-E (SC1100 – the Microsoft Developer Kit phone) or the Mitac Mio. If you try to install Red-E USB modem using available HTC Modem driver, Windows Hardware Installation Wizard will fail to identify it.

This article describes the steps required to make minor modifications to the HTC USB driver so that it works for Red-E phones (and can be used for other phone platforms, like for Mitac Mio also).

  • Download the HTC driver from and store it at any location on your Laptop.
  • Rename the downloaded filename from USBMDM-5.INF to REDEUSBM.INF (the name doesn't matter, as long as you don't change the .INF extension)
  • Open the REDEUSBM.INF in a text editor. Notepad.exe should have worked here, but this ASCII encoded file for some reason doesn't open up properly in Notepad. Use the following editors to open the file: Visual Studio, eVC, eVB, the DOS Edit command or any known ASCII text editor.
  • Follow the instructions in this article and on site

Get the full instruction over at Smartphone Thoughts and enjoy your new wireless freedom. For me it was super important to get my PPCW.Net i-Mate running with my Notebook and I know about many of you who also want to do it with the Red-E SC1100 too!

Cheers ~ Arne

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