Wednesday, March 11, 2009 – Setting up a Bluetooth PAN (Personal Area Network) in Windows 7

I love Windows 7. I don’t think I could ever go back to Vista – and especially not back to Windows XP. Here’s a note so I can remember how to use my BlackJack II phone as a network device thru Bluetooth. (It’s a whole lot more fun that having to get out a USB cable and tether the two.)

1) From the BlackJack II, press the Start button, then locate the Internet Sharing icon. Select it, then in the PC Connection list box, choose Bluetooth PAN, then click Connect. (Note to self: Make sure Bluetooth is turned on on the computer, too.) You’ll need to have set up your computer to recognize your BlackJack II prior to this – so it knows the phone is an OK device to talk to.

2) On your computer, get to the Network and Sharing Center.

Either click on the network connections icon in the system tray

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then click on Open Network and Sharing Center.

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Or, open the Control Panel, click All Control Panel Items, Network and Sharing Center.

2) Click on the Set up a new connection or network

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4) Scroll to the bottom of the list and you’ll se Connect to a Bluetooth personal area network (PAN). Click on that, then click the Next button.

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5) Right click on your device, Join Personal Area Network > Access Point.

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You should be good to go.

(Another way to get to the phone icon where you can take step #5 above, is go to Control Panel > View Devices and Printers. Your phone should be one of the devices listed. Right click on it and join the personal area network.)

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