How to Connect your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet

HOW-TO / 07.01.11 / tywill1

One of the great features with the BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablet is the variety of connections you can use to browse the Internet, access your email and stay connected with friends and colleagues while on the go!

With a BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, you’ll of course be able to connect to Wi-Fi® networks where available, but with the innovative BlackBerry® Bridge™ application,  you can also amplify your BlackBerry smartphone experience and access your messages, calendar, contacts, memopad, tasks and BlackBerry® Messenger (BBM™).  Plus, the Bridge Browser allows you to take advantage of your BlackBerry smartphone’s network connection when you’re out of Wi-Fi range!

Today, I’d like to provide an overview of the various ways you can connect your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet and where you can learn more about them.


The BlackBerry PlayBook tablet uses Wi-Fi technology to connect to the Internet or your organization’s intranet. You can connect through a personal network at home, or through a wireless network at your office, favorite coffee shop or other public venue (which is referred to as Wireless HotSpot).

With a Wi-Fi network connection, the BlackBerry PlayBook will also allow you to copy files such as music and videos wirelessly using Wi-Fi Sharing.  In addition to browsing, a Wi-Fi network connection will also allow other apps on your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet to access the Internet or intranet.

To learn more about the Wi-Fi functionality of the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, such as how to set up  a Wi-Fi connection, click here for an interactive demonstration. I would also recommend checking out this post for an overview of how to copy files to and from a BlackBerry PlayBook tablet wirelessly using Wi-Fi Sharing.

BlackBerry Bridge

One of the reasons I love my BlackBerry PlayBook tablet is because I can connect my BlackBerry smartphone to my BlackBerry PlayBook tablet using the BlackBerry Bridge app over a secure Bluetooth® connection. When you set up the BlackBerry Bridge app, you’ll notice that you have a new view on your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet home screen called BlackBerry Bridge. Within this view, you’ll see several icons which will allow you to access messages, contacts, calendar, BBM, the BlackBerry Bridge Browser and more.

If your BlackBerry smartphone is activated on a BlackBerry® Enterprise Server and corporate intranet browsing has been enabled by your IT administrator, you can also browse your organization’s intranet.

NOTE: Bridge Browser functionality may require a BlackBerry service plan that includes tethering. Please contact your wireless service provider for more information.

To learn more about the BlackBerry Bridge app, including how to set it up, click here. If you’ve already set up BlackBerry Bridge, click here to take a look at some tips I put together

Internet Tethering

On top of being able to use a Wi-Fi connection and the BlackBerry Bridge app, you also have the option of  tethering your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet with a BlackBerry smartphone or another Bluetooth® enabled phone. After doing this, you’ll be able to setup Internet Tethering, which will allow your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet to leverage the Internet connection offered by the wireless device that is paired.

To learn more about Internet Tethering and how to set it up, click here for a video tutorial.

Do you have any questions about the connection types offered by the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet? Leave a comment and let me know, as I’d love to hear from you!

Don’t forget to stop by the BlackBerry Community Support Forums and say hi!

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