How to: Bluetooth DUN in PdaNet & Linux

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PdaNet, an application compatible with all Android devices, enables mobile phones to connect to Bluetooth dial-up networks and connect to desktop, laptop or netbook computers via USB tethering. As of the date of publication, Android devices can connect to a Bluetooth DUN via Ubuntu Linux using PdaNet, but USB tethering is not yet supported. Before Ubuntu 10.10, pairing Bluetooth devices with the operating system was a somewhat complicated process, but the OS system now offers graphical user interface support for Bluetooth networking.

Things You'll Need

  • Android mobile device
  • Open Terminal and run the following command:

    sudo apt-get install blueman

    Press "Enter." Close Terminal when the installation completes.

  • Turn off PdaNet and select "Enable Bluetooth DUN" on your Android device.

  • Click "System," click "Preferences," and then click "Bluetooth Manager." Click "Search" to find the smartphone.

  • Select the mobile device and then click "Pair." Enter a PIN code (you can create your own) into the dialog box and then click "OK."

  • Enter the same code into the mobile device to pair it with Ubuntu Linux.

  • Right-click the paired device and then select "Connect to Dial Up Networking" from the context menu. Follow the on-screen instructions to set up the mobile network on Linux.

  • Select the network connection from the Network Manager button on the system tray to begin using Bluetooth DUN with PdaNet and Linux.

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