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Bluetooth tethering

asked 2013-12-25 13:19:29 +0200

Nicolas gravatar image

updated 2015-07-22 01:38:11 +0200

Bluetooth tethering would be very handy. It has some advantages that make it desirable along with Wifi tethering:

  • uses less power (longer battery life).
  • can be started remotely from computer.
  • uses different spectrum from Wifi (useful in a room where Wifi spectrum is saturated).
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while I also prefer Bluetooth tethering (when it saves power), just a bit nitpicking: Bluetooth and WLAN (bgn) both use the same ISM Band (~2,4GHz)

fl ( 2013-12-30 07:00:31 +0200 )edit

For even less radio saturation... USB tethering

Philippe De Swert ( 2014-10-14 18:50:09 +0200 )edit

Now the tablet is on it's way, I'd like to see PAN enabled so that my tablet can easily/automatically use my phones mobile data without having to reach into my pocket and enabling wifi tethering. plus saves battery life on both of my precious devices.

GD ( 2015-04-22 10:38:29 +0200 )edit

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answered 2014-01-13 12:05:35 +0200

tad gravatar image

Tethering App is now in Jolla Store, including Bluetooth. I'd prefer it to be included into the UI though.

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Do you have any clues about the Tethering App not working in ?

enrista ( 2015-11-27 01:23:51 +0200 )edit

The connman doesn't support bluetooth tethering now. And the Tethering App works with the connman-service. You can install an other version of it, but that works only sometimes.

yajo ( 2016-01-16 14:39:47 +0200 )edit

answered 2013-12-30 07:36:01 +0200

Jare gravatar image

I think power saving is the biggest reason to use Bluetooth PAN tethering. I haven't tested the differences yet though. But you should be able to test it by yourself now:

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Any possibility for Blutooth DUN?

Fellfrosch ( 2014-01-13 15:12:41 +0200 )edit

answered 2014-05-22 19:04:56 +0200

javispedro gravatar image

In addition to PAN, Bluetooth DUN is also possible. I'm trying to get it to work.

Basically there are two options:

  • We can use ofono's "Modem" emulation.

    Advantages: I suspect that things like dialing voice numbers from the PC will work and Jolla will show the "call is in progress" UI when you do so. Your PC is not connecting "directly" to your carrier, but rather through your Jolla, which is kind of acting as a router, similar to Wi-Fi tethering or PAN. You can use this to share Wi-Fi connectivity through bluetooth, too.

    Disadvantages: ofono is misconfigured on Jolla with bluez5 support instead of 4, so we'd need to patch a few system packages. You cannot change any configuration on the real modem. You are always behind NAT.

  • Or we can just export the "internal" modem device via BT.

    Advantages: Simple, can be enabled with a small program. Raw access to the modem so many things can be done remotely (e.g. querying for GSM parameters, changing the APN, accessing SIM details, etc.). You can use your carrier's dialing program. Raw access to the Internet, without NAT (as long as your provider allows it). This is how most phones do it, so it'll probably have good compatibility.

    Disadvantages: When you start tethering, Jolla itself will not be able to use the 3G/LTE connection. I doubt dialing voice numbers will work. Providers may more easily detect you're tethering.

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answered 2015-05-27 20:50:02 +0200

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updated 2015-05-27 20:53:01 +0200

I would love to see DUN thethering as with my old NOKIA N9. Especially when the Jolla tablet comes! Why not to enable this in the current tethering system menu option? Could Jolla please reply on the planned bluetooth tethering features. Thank you!

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Yes, i would also love to see Bluetooth Tethering Option for a Yolla Device.

I can use Internet Sharing on my MAC , eg. share Ethernet via Bluetooth PAN. Then i just need to Pair a capable Smartphone or Tablet with the Mac and i have Bluetooth Tethering. Works really really well, even with Bluetooth 2.0 EDR.

mrkapqa ( 2016-04-01 23:59:52 +0200 )edit
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