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WORKAROUND: Give your Windows Mobile device the Bluetooth DUN feature back
Posted by Arne Hess - on Tuesday, 31.07.07 - 12:34:37 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News - Viewed 19831x
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With the introduction of AKU 3 for Windows Mobile 5.0, Microsoft replaced the Bluetooth Dial-up Networking (DUN) feature with Bluetooth PAN. Unfortunately Microsoft didn't opted to add Bluetooth PAN (on Windows Mobile devices seen as "Internet Sharing") in addition but it's the only way to use a Windows Mobile device as a "wireless modem" for Notebooks and PDAs.
While Internet Sharing has its advantages, in my humble opinion it also has is disadvantages, especially for power users. For instance, you cannot leave your device in your pocket and initiating the connection from your Notebook but you have to initiate the connection from the Windows Mobile device itself.

Well, it looks like I wasn't alone and some folks over at Xda-developers tweaked and hacked a little bit to make it working on some of the latest devices again. Fellow MVP Werner Ruotsalainen went further and made it working for even more devices. His workaround includes a file you have to place into the Windows folder of your device as well as some changes in your Registry (at the moment it seems only Windows Mobile Professional/Pocket PC Phone Editions are supported, this workaround isn't working with Windows Mobile Standard/Smartphone devices).
Both, the file and the Registry changes can be downloaded from Werner's blog at Pocket PC Magazine to be used with your Windows Mobile 6 Professional/Windows Mobile 5.0 AKU 3 Pocket PC Phone Edition smartphone.

For now, it's a great workaround for most of us, who are in need of a working DUN solution but I will not give up to hope that Microsoft adds Bluetooth DUN as a second option again.

Cheers ~ Arne

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