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THOUGHT: The advantage of Windows Mobile's Internet Sharing functionality
Posted by Arne Hess - on Monday, 14.05.07 - 12:52:20 CET under 09 - Thoughts - Viewed 22836x
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You might know, that I'm not too happy that Microsoft removed the Bluetooth dial-up networking (DUN) functionality from Windows Mobile 5.0 and Windows Mobile 6 but replaced it with Internet (Connection) Sharing instead. However, there is one benefit - I have to admit - which makes Internet Sharing better: it works seamlessly with GPRS counters like Spb's GPRS Monitor.
In the past with using the DUN functionality, a connection was established from the Notebook. This means, the connection was created on the Notebook by dialing *99# and configuring the APN on the Notebook as well. Then, the connection was initiated from the Notebook and the Windows Mobile smartphone was just a dumb modem which received all the commands from the Notebook.

This changed with Internet Sharing. Here, the connection is established from the smartphone and after the Notebook is connected to the Windows Mobile device, either by USB or Bluetooth. Since the Windows Mobile device is using the native GPRS or UMTS connection which is configured on the device anyhow, GPRS counters like SPB GPRS Monitor can measure the used bandwidth as well as it can show the current connection speed - something which was impossible before with DUN-based connections:

While I wouldn't go so far to say Internet Sharing and I are the best friends now and I'm not missing DUN anymore (DUN had other advantages for me), it's a handy feature to have real time statistics about speed and used bandwidth available on the Windows Mobile device screen. Especially if you don't have a flat data plan but if you have to keep an eye on your used volume; because now everything is counted in one single location - your Windows Mobile smartphone which can even calculated the costs for the connection for you - as long as you use a data monitor like the above mentioned GPRS Monitor from Spb.
All we need now are some proper working GPRS and UMTS monitors for Windows Mobile Standard smartphones as well - because most I've tested so far didn't work proper with Windows Mobile 6.

Cheers ~ Arne


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