How to setup Bluetooth Internet Tethering on the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet

Article ID: KB26141

Type: Support Content

Last Modified: 03-20-2012


Product(s) Affected:

  • BlackBerry PlayBook tablets
  • BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet
  • BlackBerry® Enterprise Server   
  • Bluetooth®

Depending on the wireless service provider, a BlackBerry® smartphone or Bluetooth® device can be connected to a BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet with a Bluetooth connection and be used as a modem to connect to the Internet when the BlackBerry tablet might not otherwise have access to the Internet.

One BlackBerry smartphone can be used as a modem at a single time. If the BlackBerry smartphone is associated with a BlackBerry® Enterprise Server, contact the administrator to make sure that the appropriate IT policy is turned on to use this feature.

Complete the following steps to setup Internet Tethering on the BlackBerry tablet:

  1. From the Home Screen, select the Settings icon.
  2. From the Settings screen, select Internet Tethering.
  3. Select a device from the list of already paired Bluetooth devices. See the additional information on how to pair a Bluetooth device.
  4. Do any of the following:
    1. Select the Carrier from the list of pre-configured Wireless Service Profiles.
    2. Click on the Add button to create a customer Internet Tethering Profile. Enter all the required information and select Connect.
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For more information on pairing a BlackBerry tablet with a Bluetooth device see KB26142 .

Note: In order to setup Bluetooth Internet Tethering on the BlackBerry PlayBook the mobile device must support Bluetooth® Dial-Up Networking (DUN). If the Bluetooth® Dial-Up Networking (DUN) is not enabled on the BlackBerry smartphone, the user may receive an error on the BlackBerry PlayBook with the name of the smartphone then Not Found. To verify if the setting is enabled complete the following steps on the BlackBerry Smartphone:

  1. Go to Options.
  2. Click on Networks and Connections.
  3. Click on Bluetooth Connections.
  4. Click the Menu Key.
  5. Go to Options.
  6. Verify that the Dial-Up Networking is checked.


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