Bluetooth Not Working with Tethering

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  1. brezz macrumors member

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    I've mentioned this in few threads, but thought I would create a separate thread. I can tether no problem with USB, but I can't get the bluetooth to work on my Mac or PC. I can pair the device on the Mac, but it is then not able to connect.

    Any help on how to do this or settings I should modify?

    Brian
     
  2. brezz thread starter macrumors member

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    Is it a 3.0 issue or something to do with the tethering workaround?

    Brian
     
  3. Watabou macrumors 68040

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    It is working for me. I am typing this on my lappy with internet tethering turned on on my iphone via Bluetooth. i have no cords attached.

    Go into Bluetooth settings in System Preferences and make sure that you connect them at the same time. Or it won't work. I will attach some pictures as proof.
     

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  4. shaotse macrumors member

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    After you've paired

    your phone and computer, just select your phone name from the bluetooth icon menu on your taskbar and it should connect just fine.
     
  5. Slayerboym88 macrumors regular

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    My bluetooth won't stay connected between my Macbook and my iPhone. I click my Macbook on my iPhone, and my MB will show that it's connected to my iPhone for only about 3 seconds before it disconnects. Any suggestions?
     
  6. Watabou macrumors 68040

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    Yeah that kept happening to me too. What I did was to press the computer name on the iphone and to click the connect button on the bluetooth system preferences *at the same time*. This worked for me.
     
  7. brezz thread starter macrumors member

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    It's weird, mine is doing the exact same thing. I wlll connect for like 5 seconds and then it times out. No idea what to do.

    Brian
     
  8. Watabou macrumors 68040

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    Did you hit connect on the iPhone and the Mac at the same time? I went through the same issues as you at first but when I hit them at the same time, they stayed connected.
     
  9. brezz thread starter macrumors member

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    Yup, hitting them at the same time and they just don't want to stay connected.

    Brian
     
  10. Watabou macrumors 68040

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    Okay let me try this one more time and figure out what exactly got it working for me. Be right back. I will edit this message when I have it working again.

    EDIT: Okay. I have it working again. I had no problem now. I didn't even press them at the same time. I just hit connect on this window and it connected right off the bat.
     

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  11. Slayerboym88 macrumors regular

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    Thanks so much for your help. If you wouldn't mind posting a pic of which "connect" button you're clicking on the MB side of things, that would be great. I don't know if maybe I'm just looking at the wrong menu or what?!

    And thanks so much again!


    EDIT:
    THANKS SO MUCH!!! I wasn't clicking that smaller button on the MB so that was what was going wrong. I was relying on the MB connecting automatically. Thanks!!!
     
  12. Watabou macrumors 68040

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    No problem dude. Glad I could help.
     
  13. brezz thread starter macrumors member

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    Man, I'm so frustrated. Nothing I do works, it's just a dead connection. Thanks so much for looking into this, it's just not working for me. I wonder if it matters how tethering was enabled (since there a couple of ways to do it)? I'm going to keep hunting.

    Brian
     
  14. Slayerboym88 macrumors regular

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    This will definitely come in handy starting tomorrow for me. I am house sitting for my boss and don't have his WiFi password (which is one of those impossible to guess alpha-numeric mumbo-jumbo BS passwords). Thanks again.

    I will have to remind myself though that I am on the tether so that I don't over do it and tip off AT&T (not that I really expect them to catch on anyway).

    That said, I don't know if this feels as quick as even the USB plug connection was. Also, I feel like this is a major battery drain. Certainly good for an emergency situation, but thinking it over, I don't know if I will rely on this set up to be my primary set up (after Wi-Fi of course) for my Macbook. I am thinking if I can't get it on my iPhone itself, I will use the USB first before BT.

    Either way, one more time, thanks to Watabou for the help!

    PS: Brezz, did Watabou's tips help you too? EDIT: Guess not. Sorry to hear.
     
  15. Watabou macrumors 68040

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    I don't think it matters because weren't they all the same file but just different ways to install them?

    Maybe a step by step will help you:

    1. Turn on Internet Tethering on your iPhone
    2. Turn on Bluetooth on both iPhone and your mac.
    3. Go to Bluetooth Assistant on your mac and when this:http://kttns.org/ogy4o window comes up, click on Mobile Phones and Click next.
    4. You should see the iPhone in there.
    5. Click next and it will display a passcode and you should see that same passcode on your iPhone too.
    6. Click next if you do see that passcode on that iPhone.
    7. Pairing is done.
    8. Now all you do is turn off Airport and Go to Bluetooth System Preference pane and select the iPhone and click the gear and then click connect.
    9. That should do the trick.
     
  16. brezz thread starter macrumors member

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    So I don't know what happened, but literally as I was just about to give up I thought, "why don't I try and reboot the Mac" just to see if it did anything.

    I'm typing this on a bluetooth tethered connection!

    Thanks for all the help, this made my night. Now if only MMS were as easy as a quick reboot . . .

    Brian
     
  17. Watabou macrumors 68040

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    Weird but cool beans now that you got it running! :)
     
  18. brezz thread starter macrumors member

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    I'm not going to question it!!!

    Thanks again for running through this with me.

    Brian
     
  19. Watabou macrumors 68040

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    Haha, no problem. Glad I could help ;)
     
  20. SeanZy macrumors 6502a

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    Now I have tethering, MMS, and Visual Voicemail working on the OS 3.0

    Couldn't be happier
     
  21. Silverbird0000 macrumors 6502a

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    I get up to 7. It refuses to pair. It fails everytime! USB tethering is working fine, but I can't pair to use bluetooth!
     
  22. Silverbird0000 macrumors 6502a

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    Just got it working! I hit continue while it was still spinning right after the pin came up and I accepted it on the iPhone.
     
  23. Watabou macrumors 68040

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    Yeah the wheel keeps on spinning looking for other devices for some reason. I just hit continue and it paired.
     
  24. HiFiGuy528 macrumors 68000

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    Got all the steps and blue screen showing tethering, but no internet. Why?

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