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Step 7: Connecting

Look for the Status Bar at the top right side of the Mac's display. The modem option is in your Status Bar's drop-down menu, and you can dial in by selecting it (shown in Figure 13).

Figure 13 shows two connection options: a Bluetooth connection to the 700p, and a USB connection to the 700p. To login using Bluetooth, I select the VirizonWireless EVDO option, and click Connect. Be careful when you set up your Bluetooth modem because if you type the name incorrectly like I did—VirizonWireless—you can't edit it later!

Status Bar Dialing

Figure 13: Status Bar Dialing

The Treo 700p takes about 5 seconds to establish a connection. Figure 14 shows the Status Bar scrolling the word "Connecting" from right to left as the connection is being established.

Status Bar Connecting Message Seen When 700p Logs In

Figure 14: Status Bar Connecting Message Seen When 700p Logs In

Figure 15 shows the digital "stopwatch" timer appears on the Status Bar once the connection is made.

Status Bar Connected Stopwatch Icon

Figure 15: Status Bar Connected Stopwatch Icon

To disconnect, click the Status Bar's stopwatch timer and choose the Disconnect option from the drop-down menu (shown in Figure 16).

Status Bar Disconnect Dialog

Figure 16: Status Bar Disconnect Dialog

Troubleshooting

If you follow the procedure I've taken you through, and your connection did not work, you may want to troubleshoot. First, check to see that you have the correct Internet plan. Palmone's instructions for checking your requirements are as follows:

  • If you have Cingular, you need Dataconnect or LaptopConnect for Tethered Devices
  • If you have Sprint, you need Phone as Modem (PAM)
  • If you have Verizon Wireless, you need BroadbandAccess Connect
  • If you have other providers, try all of the above, and if these key words don't work, try explaining what you are doing.

My one problem connecting to Verizon Wireless was not having the BroadbandAccess Connect service (BBA CONNECT UNL).

If you still can't access the Internet through your 700p, check how many Bluetooth devices you have and cut down the number of devices to at most two.

So now you should be on the air. Next time in Part 3, I'll compare speed data taken under a variety of conditions—Bluetooth EVDO access (laptop connects to 700p using Bluetooth), USB EVDO access (laptop connects to the 700p using USB), and 802.11 access (laptop uses 802.11a/g to connect to the Internet, instead of using EVDO)—to wrap up the article. See you then!

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