Saturday, 15 September 2012

Connecting your Nexus 7 using a Symbian phone and BlueVPN


I was keen to get hold of my Nexus 7, knowing it didn't have 3g support, I knew I will have to rely on my phone for internet connection. Well that's where the problem starts. It is a Nokia E63 I have had since 2009.

Joikuspot was an option but it only created an ad-hoc connection which is no good for my Nexus 7 or Kindle e-reader. My joy ended instantly but I continued in my search for a solution.

Enter BlueVPN. BlueVPN let's you connect your tablet to the Internet by pairing it with with a bluetooth enabled device with Internet connection. To begin, head over to Google play and install the latest version of BlueVPN. Once installed, open up the app.




On the screen that appears, tap settings. On the settings screen tap "Access Point". On the screen that appears, you will be configuring the access point that use in connecting your phone to the Internet.


For your phone, the access point is usually set by your network provider and all you have to do is enter the exact address you see into the BlueVPN access point setting. On my phone, Nokia E63, it can be found at: Menu -> Tools -> Settings -> Connection -> Access points. You will see a list of both network defined and wireless access points. Open up one of the network defined access point, in my case "MTN WAP". Locate the "Access point name", open it if necessary to see the access point you need to enter into BlueVPN, in my case it is "web.gprs.mtnnigeria.net".


Once the access point name is entered, return to the BlueVPN home screen where you will find a list of paired bluetooth devices. This should include the phone you are to use to tether your tablet. Ensure that your phone's bluetooth is turned on. Then click on the name of your phone in the list of paired devices. You will get a prompt asking to allow BlueVPN to create a VPN. Well that's why you are reading this post so the answer is obvious. Then you will get a prompt on your phone asking to allow your tablet connect to your phone. You are also to allow this.



Then BlueVPN starts to create the connection and if it is successful, you get a screen as shown below.


Congratulations you can now browse Web pages, tweet and connect with your folks on Facebook. However your tablet still shows "No Internet connection", open but most apps still work as expected. The last time I checked, the following apps did not use the Internet connection: Current - which refused to sync and get new content; Google play - this one is funny, it connects and you can search for apps as well as check which appears needs to be updated. However, you cannot download any apps as it continues to wait for internet connection.

Well, it's far better than not having access to the Internet at all, until you get an alternative, enjoy BlueVPN. Don't forget to drop a feedback or ask questions if you are having difficulty using BlueVPN.

42 comments:

  1. this is very nice

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  2. Android 4.2 update seem to have broken bluetooth connectivity so Bluevpn isn't working. I'll post an update when it's fixed

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    1. I was able to fix this. I don't know if it was my fault. But if it happens not to connect, delete all paired bluetooth devices and add your phone again. Well just also updated to Android 4.2.1,maybe that was the fix can't tell. Using Bluevpn for this post now.

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    2. the browser works, but nothing else. All apps fail. So, it's some what limited

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  3. Thats a life saver.
    Its hard to find wi-fi every here and there.

    Lets ask (request) Google to provide a mechanism to connect to Internet through bluetooth.

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  4. Thank you very much for this. These instructions were very clear and I managed to connect Nexus 7 with my Nokia 5800 XpresMusic. Internet connection is working with Nexus 7 that way. The most important part is that you search for you "Access point name" in the Nokia. In Nokia 5800XM is this located under Menu/Settings/Connectivity/Destinations/Internet//. Now insert that same name in Nexus 7 inside BlueVPN: Settings/Access point/

    best, d.

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  5. Hi. I am unable to connect my Nokia; 5800 even after running blue VPN

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    1. Ashita, did you configure the Access point name as described in the post? Let me know the exact challenge you are having so we go through it together

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  6. Thank you for your guide, works fine with Nokia e6. IMHO Android or nexus 7 needs better driver support (usb-devices dont work either). Symbian is far better in this regard...

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  7. ''Your device does not support vpn connections.
    failed to creat interface''

    This error message is appearing on Bluevpn on my android 4.0.1.
    when I'm trying to connect with my nokia e63.
    What to do to fix this?
    Waiting for your kind reply.

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    1. Hello Subrata, sorry for the late reply. Interesting, I am using an E63 also so that would not be the issue.
      Please try to follow the instructions on the post, ensure that you have paired your phone and you android device, that the APN (Access Point Name) of your phone has been correctly copies and entered into the BlueVPN settings. Please let me know if you are still having an issue.

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    3. Hello Eseosa,

      Even I am having the same issue with same device. And I have checked for any typos or other silly mistakes.

      By the way, do you have VPN defined on your phone. Maybe that's a issue. (I haven't defined one.)

      Thanks.

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  8. I can't make it work. BlueVPN stay with "Modem negotiating...".

    I am using Nexus7 and Nokia 2050

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    1. Hello Wang, sorry for the very late reply, I was out for a while. If you are still have the Modem negotiating.." issue show your device is trying to link up to the internet connection of your phone, Bluetooth has been established, so maybe you should double check the APN settings. Ensure that the APN of you phone network provider is correctly entered into you BlueVPN. Also ensure that you are able to connect to the internet with you phone.
      Let me know if you still have an issue.

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  9. Thank you!!!! thank you!!! thank you so much!!!

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  10. Can You please give me the download link for blue VPn..??
    Thnx in advnce... :)

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    1. N yeah not from google play

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    2. Hello, I always download apps from Google Play, but I managed to get a link: http://android.brothersoft.com/bluevpn_dun_client_hc_-192306-download.html. A Google search does show some links so try it out.

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  11. Thank you so much ! It works very well !

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  12. Thanks m8 it works great with Nokia E6 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7 P3110.

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  13. Hello, I have problem with your sollution. I am able to negotiate with modem, also my HTC Flyer is in BlueVPN opening the VPN, but then it fail - "Fail to turn on VPN" and the message after is "Fail to connect to BT device, please turn off Bluetooth: is not a valid Bluetooth address".

    I am trying to connect to my Nokia E52 on which I confirm the connection, but later it fails without connecting. I have the AP adress correctly according to my provider, souhld I enter also the phone number or DNS? Do you have any idea what could be wrong? Thank you for your answer.

    Pavel

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  14. SIR, IF I USE BLUE VPN CAN I CONNECT INTERNET I USE ASUS NEXUS7 AND NOKIA N70.
    PLEASE SIR, ADVICE ME.

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  15. installed this on my Nexus 7 2013 and it seems to work with a Nokia E52

    thanks

    JW Belgium

    PS: only working solution so far, Joikuspot Wifi on the phone works but is not visible on the Android tablet

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  16. Thanks to the author.

    I was also having issues with the Joikuspot, as my Nokia E72 was not being detected by my Samsung Galaxy Tab 2.7.0.

    After installing the Blue VPN from Google play and following this extremely helpful tutorial, finally managed to establish a good connection between my android tablet and my Nokia phone.

    Thanks very much.

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  17. Is there also a way to send text messages from an android tablet using your Nokia phone?

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  18. Hey, thank you for this solution!!!!
    It works perfectly with Asus Memo Pad HD7 and Nokia e71.
    Just Great!!!! x )))

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  19. Funciona perfectamente, Via bluetook, con Nexus7 y Nokia C7
    Muchas Gracias

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  20. Thankz a lot......this has been really helpful for me....

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  21. I follow the instruction carefully and then.... yups i can connect my samsung tab 2.7 to my favorite phone since 2009 ---> e63, thanks...

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  22. Hello, when I proceed as described, I am able to pair the devices (I have Nokia E71 and Nexus 2013 with Android 4.3) via BlueVPN, but I cannot access Internet. (I enter Access Point in BlueVPN based on the name of Access Point used by my operator for my Nokia GPRS/3G Internet connection.)

    Should I change anything else in settings in BlueVPN in Android?

    Please advise. Thank you.

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  23. Android 4.4 KitKat update seem to have broken bluetooth connectivity so Bluevpn isn't working.
    Any update?

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  24. I am also able to make the VPN connection (Nexus 7 and Nokia N8), but cannot access internet or email. Just a few days ago did the Nexus system update to Android 4.4, and I cannot tell if perhaps before this update it might have worked.

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  25. Hi

    I have Nexus 7 which is upgraded to Jellybean 4.4 and when I install bluevpn everything works fine... even modem gets neotiated... but after dat I am not able to access internet thru bluetooth in my mobile... Please please advise....

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  26. Thanks! It work's for me also!
    I connected my Nokia 2710 navigator with my tablet !

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  29. Hi. I tried the above steps but my Android device is stuck on Modem Negotiating and after a while it give the message Assigned IP Null. I am using Nokia Asha 503. Please suggest what else can I do. If there is any other way. Thank you

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  30. Hi
    Pls I can't connect on my Acer iconia b1. What can I do, and I'm simply out of WiFi range or gadgets that can give WiFi. Thanks

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  31. Awesome It Works thanks for sharing

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