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HOW TO: Setting Up a GPRS Connection for Win XP and USB using Smartphone 2002
Posted by Arne Hess - on Monday, 30.06.03 - 19:14:16 CET under 11 - Tips and Tutorials - Viewed 82065x
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Connecting a Windows XP Notebook to GPRS by using the Microsoft Windows Powered Smartphone 2002 as modem is is pretty easy if you know how to do it. This is a step-by-step which works for all Windows XP Notebooks and Desktops with all HTC Smartphones like the Orange SPV; PPCW.Net i-Mate, Orange SPV100 and others and works for all GSM/GPRS carriers world wide.

Installing the USB Modem Driver on the Notebook
Before you can setup a connection and dial into the GPRS network of your cellular operator, you have to add the USB driver to your Notebook, otherwise Windows XP will not recognize the Smartphone as a modem.

  • On your Smartphone open "Modem Link" and select [Connection: USB].
  • [Activate] the modem from [Menu] now.
  • Now connect your USB cradle or USB cable (like BoxWave's miniSync) with your Smartphone and the USB port on your Notebook.
  • Windows XP will recognize the Smartphone as a new USB device an will start to install the required modem driver.
  • Before you can install the driver, download the modem driver from PPCW.Net and store it anywhere on the hard disk.
  • Now select the location where you have stored the driver.
  • Windows XP will notifies you that the driver isn't digital signed so click [Continue Anyway].
  • Now the driver will be copied to the appropriate location.
  • If the installation was successful you will get a notification from Windows XP

    and you will see additional pop-up notifications:

Configuring the USB Modem Driver on the Notebook
Now you need to configure this modem to make sure it dials correctly into the GPRS network of your carrier. Make sure that the USB connection in "Modem Link" on your Smartphone is still "Active".

  • Open "Control Panel" in XP and select "Phone and Modem Options".
  • Here the new modem called "HTC USB Modem" should appear. If so click [Properties].
  • Make sure that XP indicates the "Device status" as "This device is working properly".
  • Now select the [Modem] tab and disable [Wait for dial tone before dialing].
  • Select [Advanced] tab now. This is the most important part of the whole configuration.
    Here you have to add the appropriate settings for your GPRS connection and have to tell the Smartphone which "APN" (Access Point Node) should be used for connection. The APN is pretty similar to a Proxy Server and operators might use more than one/different for different services. Typically an operator has up to three APNs within the network: one for Internet, one for WAP (Wireless Application Protocol) and maybe one for MMS (Mobile Multimedia Messaging System).
    Depending on which service you want to create a connection to, you have to use the appropriate APN name. Your operator or its web site can give you the APN names.

    Unlike on Pocket PCs you have to use "AT" in front of the dial-string which should looks like this:

    AT+cgdcont=1,"IP","YOUR_APN_NAME_HERE","",0,0

    If you have already used GPRS with your Pocket PCs and any other cell phone you might notice the ',"",0,0' behind the APN. With the Smartphone this values are absolute required, otherwise the Smartphone wont connect to GPRS!
  • Click [OK] to save the settings now.

Creating a Dial-Up Connection
Now you have configured everything proper and you can finally create a dial-up connection.

  • Open the "New Connection Wizard" in XP and select [Connect to Internet] and click [Next].
  • Chose [Set up my connection manually] and click [Next] again.
  • Select [Connect using a dial-up modem] and tap again [Next].
  • Now you need to select which modem should be used for this connection. If you have several modems installed/available on your Notebook make sure to select [Modem - HTC USB Modem] only and deselect all other available modems.
  • In the next mask you can give your connection any meaningful name.
  • As [Phone number:] enter the typical GPRS connection number "*99#".
  • If your carrier requires any [User name] and [Password] enter it into the next fields.
  • That's it, your new GPRS connection is ready to dial.

Dialing a GPRS Connection
Now your Windows XP Notebook is ready to connect to GPRS by using your Microsoft Windows Powered Smartphone.

  • Before you dial from your Notebook, always make sure your enable the [USB Connection] on your Smartphone.
  • Now open you [Connect to] option on your Notebook and open your connection.
  • Press [Dial] and your Notebooks dial out into the GPRS network using your Smartphone as modem.
  • If everything worked fine you should get connected to the Internet.

That's it, you are ready to enjoy the true wireless Internet through GPRS now - wherever you are and wherever you go!

Cheers ~ Arne

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Comments
Posted by Sanjay Shetty on 26.10.03 - 07:52:27

Hi Arne,

I'm using Windows Server 2003 on my laptop and I'm trying to install the modem driver. But when I point it the location where I've stored the .inf file provided by you I get a message saying the Specified location does not contain information about your hardware

Posted by james fleetwood on 27.10.03 - 11:31:41

i'm using windows ME, does it work on that?

Posted by Gaute on 03.11.03 - 15:59:34

I just set this up with my Qtek 7070 and Windows 2000 Pro, although the dialogs differ slightly, it worked like a charm, thanks for a great how-to :-)

Posted by Mikael e on 15.11.03 - 23:19:19

My win2000 does not recognize the inf file - did you have that problem an how didyou solve that?

thanks and best,

Mikael

Posted by ruben on 19.11.03 - 05:18:58

is there any possible way to detect my usb modem through windows 98? I already setup with windows xp & 2000 but in windows 98 second edition i couldn't been able to find my modem using the Add Hardware Wizard. Could you pls let me know if this i-mate smartphone has a posibility to setup with windows 98 OS.

Posted by Jimmy on 20.11.03 - 08:32:59

Need to locate the installation files for windows '98. Any suggestions? Thanks

Posted by Fire on 08.12.03 - 07:21:10

please help me...

I have followed all the steps..

it is very similar to setting my old nokia 3650.... before I go to mio 8380..

got a little problem cause my winxp can't get any modem driver for my mio (i even use the one u put the link up here).. but after some hours trying.. finally.. the driver is recognized (i don't even know what the real prob until now)...

but i still have a problem..

I think I know where the problem lies. It's on here : AT+cgdcont=1,"IP","YOUR_APN_NAME_HERE","",0,0

I'm from Indonesia.. and I use matrix for connection.. thus.. 

it will look something like this :

AT+cgdcont=1,"IP","satelindogprs.com","",0,0

but i got an error.. that the server either not responding.. or I dial back to myself...

what's wrong with it ???

it's a little different with the setting for my nokia 3650 that is like this :

AT+cgdcont=,,"satelindogprs.com" -> it is actually have something between AT and +cgdcont.. but I forgot what it is..

I can't contact the service center.. I don;t know why.. they always busy..

even if I can... I doubt that they can help me.. since mio 8380 is not very well known here in Indonesia... (hey.. Mitac doesn;'t have any branch here)..

so.. please... can u help me ???

Posted by Fire on 08.12.03 - 07:21:14

please help me...

I have followed all the steps..

it is very similar to setting my old nokia 3650.... before I go to mio 8380..

got a little problem cause my winxp can't get any modem driver for my mio (i even use the one u put the link up here).. but after some hours trying.. finally.. the driver is recognized (i don't even know what the real prob until now)...

but i still have a problem..

I think I know where the problem lies. It's on here : AT+cgdcont=1,"IP","YOUR_APN_NAME_HERE","",0,0

I'm from Indonesia.. and I use matrix for connection.. thus.. 

it will look something like this :

AT+cgdcont=1,"IP","satelindogprs.com","",0,0

but i got an error.. that the server either not responding.. or I dial back to myself...

what's wrong with it ???

it's a little different with the setting for my nokia 3650 that is like this :

AT+cgdcont=,,"satelindogprs.com" -> it is actually have something between AT and +cgdcont.. but I forgot what it is..

I can't contact the service center.. I don;t know why.. they always busy..

even if I can... I doubt that they can help me.. since mio 8380 is not very well known here in Indonesia... (hey.. Mitac doesn;'t have any branch here)..

so.. please... can u help me ???

thx..

Posted by adee404 on 13.12.03 - 06:12:50

fire..greetings from mio8380 user ! hehehehe..

i think the problem maybe the dial number..this web said *99#,well u can try *98# or *99***1# or *99*1# or maybe any combination with 98,99,*,and # but remember always use *as a start and 99 or 98.

anyway...as i described before,i am a mio8380 user and live in bandung smile and i think i need your help here,.i need to know what kind of rom do u use..when u activate the phone.is it show mio8380 with chinese caracters or mio8380 picture with blue black color picture.inform me,ok...thanks

Posted by bheuww on 14.12.03 - 14:14:03

I got the same problem last few days.

Finally, got the answer after I use automatic system by Ericsson R520 modem setup.

Try *98*3# for your dial-up number. Works for me.

Unfortunately, the bandwidth rate not as promised, below 2Kbps.

Posted by daniel on 23.12.03 - 02:34:32

please there is someone who say me how use htc modem driver with windows me???

Posted by Fire on 24.12.03 - 07:38:09

hi..

sorry not to visit here too long..

actually I use *99***1# because I use matrix (here in Jakarta). It's the number I got from the operator the last time I use Nokia 3650 to connect.

well..

in the end, I found that mio8380 is not that good as I thought before..

I thought that microsoft smartphone 2002 OS will make it a very cool phone with many feature..

but infact.. I found.. that it can't even use pocket word or pocket excel, the pocket IE is not very good that it can't even open a site with frame, the sms system is very poor because it was designed primarily for email not sms (I got pissed off by the fact that I can't send an sms that is more than 1 page at a time, and the sms that cannot be sent due to lack of signal or anything, can't be forward again just like that (I mean that when I forward it to send it again, it adds a header just like mail which is disgusting because I have to erase all the header), and many many other complains..)

well..

I now use nokia 6600. Really really satisfied just like when I use nokia 3650...

I can connect to internet with no effort at all, I can view MSWord (yes, u got that right... MSWord.. with the quickword program for symbian), I have installed opera to browse internet (and it can even open a site with frame and the format is the same with pc), I can cut, copy, paste in sms messaging, and many many other feature that I love.

sorry... and thx anyway

Posted by Hand on 27.12.03 - 05:37:46

I'm use Sony Clie and Mio 8380 and nokia 3650, jow to connect satelindogprs, Thank

Posted by adee404 on 04.02.04 - 16:48:56

i have 'tweak' the inf for my mio..but the device manager always stell me that 'can not start device'.i have activated the usb modem in my mio.what's wrong ? anyway,i really appreciate if any of u want to send me mio8380 usb modem driver that work,cause i think i have tired trying sad

thanks

Posted by Zik on 06.02.04 - 11:07:47

Hi,I have the some questions as James fleetwood (27 Oct 2003 ):  I´m using Windows ME, does it work on that ?  Thanks. Zik.

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