Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Use your Blackberry as a Modem with Ubuntu

Using your Blackberry as a Modem is really very straightforward once you know how.

  • sudo apt-get install python libusb-dev ppp python-usb python-wxgtk2.8
  • Download  http://www.berry4all.com/install
  • Decompress the file wherever you want.  Somewhere like /home/username/ would be a good location.  You'll end up with a folder called "bbtether".
  • Inside the folder run "sudo ./berry4all.sh" from the command line.  Root persmissions (sudo) are needed for it to work properly.
  • Go to the "File" menu and select "Preferences".
        Deselect verbose logging for now, on the general tab.  (You can enable it later if you have issues connecting.)
        On the "Modem" tab, select your wireless provider on the PPPD config           dropdown list.
  • From the "Modem" menu, select connect.  The first time you connect it will take a minute to scan your device and find all the settings.  Once the messages stop scrolling, you should be able to connect to the internet.  You should see your ip address and DNS server addresses as the last lines of text in the berry4all client.
  • Once the messages stop scrolling, you should be able to connect to the internet.  You should see your ip address and DNS server addresses as the last lines of text in the berry4all client.
  • When you’re finished using it, just select disconnect from the modem menu, and click ok.  Once the phone is deinitialized (about 30 seconds) it will popup a dialog saying your phone is ready to be disconnected.  If you disconnect before it’s finished, you may need to reboot your phone to be able to use it.
Enjoy your new wireless modem.

3 comments:

Happy Linux Guy said...

I accidentally deleted a user's comment about not understanding #3 on. So, here's clarification if you don't know how to decompress the file.

tar -xvf filename

That's all there is to it.

Praveen Nair said...

good work guru

Anonymous said...

This is so complicated