Most of the new PalmOS PDAs have Bluetooth (BT) built-in such as Tungsten T and Clie NZ90V/G. A lot of people are asking how they can make use of the BT to surf the Net using their PC/notebook connection. Here is one possible solution.

For earlier models with no BT capability, it can be easily remedied by buying BT add-ons. For example, Clie PDAs has a memory stick (MS) slot. Besides the usual memory expansion, you can use the slot to add Bluetooth capability to your Clie. Just buy it and slot it in after installing the drivers. The price is about RM800 from Brando.

For other models that uses the SD expansion slot, you can buy the SD BT card.

To get it to communicate with your PC/notebook (if it is not yet BT-capable), you have to buy a Bluetooth USB adapter for it (price around RM200 locally, do shop around). Insert it into the USB port of your PC/notebook and install the drivers.

Follow the instruction in the manual on how to “pair” the two items together. This will allow communications between your PC/notebook and your PDA.

Download Mocha PPP from Install it in your PC. Then follow the instructions from here.

In short;

  • Go to the configuration of Mocha PPP, set device to Windows CE, Serial Port to whatever port is configured in your Bluetooth software, and Baud rate to 115200. Click OK. Note that you may need to deactivate or move Hotsync to another port before setting up Mocha if you are currently BT syncing that way.
  • On your Palm, make a new connection. Connect to: PC, Via: Bluetooth, Device: your PC’s bluetooth name.
  • Under network, make a new service. User name/Password blank, Connection: [the connection name you created above].
  • You are now ready to go! Hit connect, and start surfing wirelessly!

Author: Dr Azmi Mohd Tamil

I am a lecturer in Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia since 1996, teaching in Biostatistics and Epidemiology. My main interests are gadgets and cycling. You can connect with me at Facebook.