Because I'll be out of town for the next couple days, part of my packing list included setting up tethering via my Blackberry.
First I tried barry but was unsuccessful in trying to make a successful connection.
Then I found berry4all.
I had two problems, but thanks to the extensive FAQ, I managed to solve them:
- Ensure your device (in my case, Blackberry Bold 9000) has its APN correctly set in
Setup > Options > Advanced > TCP
- Ensure other network connections are disabled using
route -n; ifconfig -abefore attempting to connect via tethered 3G modem. See also If your PPPD does not support
/etc/resolv.confis being correctly updated with the appropriate DNS entries (I have to do this by hand at the moment, but tweaked the default /opt/bbtether/berry4all.sh script to add this line so that I can automatically update the file immediately before connecting:
cp -f /etc/resolv.conf.bbtether /etc/resolv.conf
python bbgui.py &
- Load up a bandwidth speed test such as bandwidthplace.com and see what network speed you can get.
Admittedly, tethered speeds are nothing close to wifi speeds.
- With Rogers 3G network and Blackberry Bold 9000 attached via USB, I managed to get about 500-2800kbps down and 100-200 kpbs up.
- With Rogers "Exterme" cable internet access (wifi @ home) I get 9800kbps down, 960kbps up.
But at least I can surf on my laptop using the 3G network while I'm away from the office.
To disconnect wired & wifi, then tether automatically and stay connected until
CTRL-C is pressed, try this script:
#!/bin/bash if [[ $UID != 0 ]]; then echo "Must be run as root!" else /etc/init.d/network stop cp /etc/resolv.conf.bbtether /etc/resolv.conf route -n; ifconfig cd /opt/bbtether; python bbtether.py rogers -P **YOUR_DEVICE_PASSWORD_HERE** /etc/init.d/network start route -n; ifconfig fi