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Setup ‘Internet Tethering’ On A BlackBerry PlayBook

When there’s no other way to access the Internet, you can tether your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet to a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone.

“In order to use Internet Tethering, you must pair a BlackBerry smartphone that supports the Dial Up Networking (DUN) Bluetooth profile with a BlackBerry PlayBook tablet using BlackBerry Bridge or using a standard Bluetooth pairing connection. You can also use another type of smartphone provided it is able to make a successful Bluetooth pairing connection with the PlayBook tablet,” informs BlackBerry.

Adding the company said, “You must also ensure you’ve a data plan that supports tethering and your wireless service provider must allow tethering as well.”

“Another thing to keep in mind when you attempt to setup Internet Tethering is that if you’re using a BB smartphone and it is activated on a BlackBerry Enterprise Server, contact your BlackBerry administrator to make sure that the appropriate IT policy is enabled on your BlackBerry smartphone so you can use Internet Tethering,” added BlackBerry.

The company has pusblished a video demonstrating the procedure to enable internt tethering, and the text-based set up guide:

  1. “From the Home screen, select the “Settings” icon
  2. From the Settings screen, select “Internet Tethering
  3. Select a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone from the list an do any of the following:
    1. a. Select the Carrier from the list of pre-configured Wireless Service Profiles.

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    2. Click on the “Add” button to create a customer Internet Tethering profile and enter all the required information. Contact your wireless provider for this information if needed.

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  4. Tap “Connect“.
    After completing the steps above, Internet Tethering is set up! To verify your connection details, just tap on the Wi-Fi icon that appears on the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet home screen,” explains BlackBerry.

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  5. “When you are not using the Internet Tethering connection, you should disconnect the session. To do this, tap on the Wi-Fi icon and select “Disconnect” as per the screenshot above. You can also tap on the Wi-Fi icon again as per the screenshot above and select “Disconnect”,” added BalckBerry.

Here is the video demo of enabling “internet tethering” on Playbook:

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