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How To: Using the Treo as Modem on your Mac

Most Treo users have probably discovered PDANet by now which enables the Treo to serve as a modem when connected by USB. The Mac has lagged behind on this capability outside of a program initially designed to take advantage of the Sprint PCS network in the US called WirelessModem. If you don't use Sprint (or Verizon now) it's been pretty hard to get this working, if not impossible until now...

I was successful at configuring things following the directions included with WirelessModem, but making some tweaks to enable a GPRS connection with T-Mobile. I currently have the unlimited data package, so I can't speak on whether this works via T-Zones. I would expect similar configs to work on other carriers as long as you know one detail (you'll see in a sec).

Once you've installed and confirmed the connection (you'll see wirelessmodem as a new network port in your network prefs) you are well on your way.

It's now that the extra bits come into play... and here's the deal:

You need Ross Barkman’s Generic GPRS modem scripts which can be found here - http://www.taniwha.org.uk/. You'll need to copy the items you downloaded to the /Library/modem scripts folder at the SYSTEM level of your machine.

Back at the Network Preference panel I would suggest you create a new connection which I've decided to call GPRS via Treo.

On the modem tab I am using the Generic GPRS CID1
I have checked both - enable error correction and compression and wait for dial tone before dialing

In the PPP tab use internet2.voicestream.com as your telephone number (I know it’s not a number...). If you use Orange, Cingular or some other GSM-based carrier, you'll need to know what to add in this field. I actually used what I had from when I was connecting via bluetooth to my former Sony Ericsson phone and figured it would work, which it did. If you find the option for additional carriers I know people googling for this would appreciate the info, so please share in the comments or via trackback.

no proxy unless you need it

From there it just works for me. You might want to add a couple of DNS IP numbers from another connection if you have them. I’ve found on various connections that things can get sped up a bit that way.

WirelessModem costs $37.50, and you can try it for 14 days before purchase.

Posted by atmasphere on September 18, 2004 at 12:05 PM

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by Michael Ducker | Sep 18, 2004 1:54:20 PM

Sprint Treo's have a problem where they can't hold a modem connection on mac for mroe than a few minutes. I and many others have never gotten it to work. :(

by Jonathan Greene | Sep 18, 2004 1:58:59 PM

I am actually using the latest beta which seems to work pretty well -- though I am not on Sprint so I can't report on any change for you.

by Frank | Oct 14, 2005 8:44:46 PM

I have been trying unsuccesfully to use my Treo 600 as dial-up Modem and I was hoping that maybe you could help me. I understand that this is a rather old post, but hopefully you'll still get this. Anyway, as I said, I have a Palm Treo 600 that I purchased from Palm directly. My phone came unlocked so that I could use it on any wireless network. The network that I ended up going with was T-Mobile.

Now according to the 600's user manual, Palm intended for users to use the Treo on Verizon's network, however due to my rather shaky credit, I ended up going with T-Mobile. Unfortunately, my credit is so shaky that when I set up my service I couldn't even get the T-Mobile unlimited internet, all I could get was the crummy T-Zones. Suffice it to say, I was not pleased. So I then struck on the idea of trying to use the 600 as a Dial-Up Modem since I have unlimited Nights and Weekends. I knew that the connection would be slow, but I didn't care.

So I signed up for Earthlink dial-up service, but the problem that I'm having is that I can't get the 600's USB cable to show up as a network port so that my computer (an iMac G4 running Tiger 10.4.2) can dial thru the phone instead of thru the the internal modem. My 600's cable connects directly from the phone to a USB port in the back of my iMac. I have gone thru the trouble of coming to school everyday this week and downloading all kind of Modem Scripts (I even tried the USB scripts that are already installed in Tiger...) only to figure out that their not working because the iMac isn't even dialing thru the phone.

Oh yeah, their is the other port that comes up when I go to Port Configurations in the Network preferences tab. It show up as "6 to 4", but when i click on it, it doesn't give the PPP and Modem tabs that Internal Modem and Ethernet gives me. Any idea what that is? If you or anyone else could help me figure this out, I would really appreciate it!!!!!

by atmasphere | Oct 14, 2005 10:11:37 PM

Did you try Wireless Modem?

by Luis Huaylinos | Aug 1, 2007 9:28:38 PM

I have just read this information.
You don't know how long I've been trying to do this.
I was just to sell my treo.
But now that I find you, I can not surf Ross Barkman's website.
I own a Treo 680 unlocked
does any of you know have the scripts that I should use ?

Thanks a lot

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