I am in a Broadband-less area, it’s true. I’ve been suffering with dial-up for roughly the past year and recently heard that my apartment complex would be getting Charter. This was “the light” I’d been waiting for. Well, the light has yet to shine and we are nearly in October. Needing to find an alternative, I did some research, and found that setting up the Moto Q as a modem was an option, even on a Mac, over Bluetooth.
For an additional $15/month on a cell plan, you can use the Moto Q as a modem, through an option called DUN, or dial up networking. I called this evening and asked that this feature be added to my account. The rep told me this wasn’t an option for a Mac. Knowing it was, after doing extensive research at Qusers.com, I said, “Well, I have a Windows machine, so could I get it for that then?” She said, “well..errmmmm.. uh, no.. no. Well, yeah…” and told me I needed extra hardware, including an additional PCMCIA card, and a “special data transfer” cable. I asked her to please add the feature. She did and told me to wait approximately an hour and that once I got my mysteriously special hardware I could then use it to connect. Uh huh… right.
So, I synced the Moto Q with my Powerbook, setting it up as a Bluetooth device and to use the device to connect to the internet, and then set up the settings for the actual connection. I hit connect and crossed my fingers. Connecting…. Connecting…. Authenticating… 0:02..0:03..0:04. I was on.
The speed is quite impressive. In fact, it’s nearly the speed one would encounter over a WiFi network. Apparently, if you set up the Moto Q as a USB modem, the speed is true Broadband. While this sounds more desireable, I am extremely happy with what I have currently.
Performing a test at bandwithplace.com, I get a result of 259.2 kilobits per second. Not too shabby for Bluetooth…
Note: If you find that your Moto Q drops a connection after being idle for a while, be sure to disable these: System Prefs->Network->Bluetooth->Configure->PPP Tab->PPP Options-> Deselect “Send PPP Echo Packets” & “Use TCP Header Compression.”