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Manual Reference Pages  -  RFCOMM_PPPD (8)

NAME

rfcomm_pppd - RFCOMM PPP daemon

CONTENTS

Synopsis
Description
Ppp Configuration
     Important Notes on PPP Configuration
     RFCOMM Server
     RFCOMM Client
Exit Status
Examples
See Also
Authors
Caveats

SYNOPSIS

rfcomm_pppd -c [-dh] -a address -C channel -l label -u N rfcomm_pppd -s [-dDhS] [-a address] -C channel -l label

DESCRIPTION

The rfcomm_pppd daemon is a simple wrapper daemon that allows the use of ppp(8) via an RFCOMM connection. It can operate in two modes: client and server.

In client mode, rfcomm_pppd opens an RFCOMM connection to the specified server’s BD_ADRR and channel. Once the RFCOMM connection is established, rfcomm_pppd executes ppp(8) in -direct mode with the specified label. Likewise, ppp(8) operates over the RFCOMM connection just like it would over a standard serial port, thus allowing a user to "dial out" and connect to the Internet.

In server mode, rfcomm_pppd opens an RFCOMM socket and listens for incoming connections from remote clients. Once the new incoming connection is accepted, rfcomm_pppd forks and executes ppp(8) in -direct mode with the specified label. Likewise, ppp(8) operates over the RFCOMM connection just like it would over a standard serial port, thus providing network connectivity to remote clients.

The options are as follows:
-a address
  In client mode, this required option specifies the address of the remote RFCOMM server. In server mode, this option can be used to specify the local address to listen on. By default, in server mode, the daemon will listen on ANY address. The address can be specified as BD_ADDR or name. If a name was specified, the rfcomm_pppd utility will attempt to resolve the name via bt_gethostbyname(3).
-C channel
  In both client and server mode, this required option specifies the RFCOMM channel to connect to or listen on. In server mode, the channel should be a number between 1 and 30. In client mode, the channel could either be a number between 1 and 30 or a service name. Supported service names are: DUN (Dial-Up Networking) and LAN (LAN Access Using PPP). If a service name is used instead of a numeric channel number, then rfcomm_pppd will try to obtain an RFCOMM channel number via SDP (Service Discovery Protocol).
-c Act as an RFCOMM client. This is the default mode.
-d Do not detach from the controlling terminal, i.e., run in foreground.
-D In server mode, register the DUN (Dial-Up Networking) service in addition to the LAN (LAN Access Using PPP) service. AT-command exchange can be faked with ppp(8) chat script.
-h Display usage message and exit.
-l label
  In both client and server mode, this required option specifies which ppp(8) label will be used.
-S In server mode, register the SP (Serial Port) service in addition to the LAN (LAN Access Using PPP) service.

It appears that some cell phones are using the so-called "callback mechanism". In this scenario, the user is trying to connect his cell phone to the Internet, while the user’s host computer is acting as the gateway server. It seems that it is not possible to tell the phone to just connect and start using the LAN service. Instead, the user’s host computer must "jump start" the phone by connecting to the phone’s SP service. What happens next is the phone kills the existing connection and opens another connection back to the user’s host computer. The phone really wants to use the LAN service, but for whatever reason it looks for the SP service on the user’s host computer. This brain-damaged behavior was reported for the Nokia 6600 and the Sony/Ericsson P900.

-s Act as an RFCOMM server.
-u N This option maps directly to the -unit ppp(8) command-line option and tells rfcomm_pppd to instruct ppp(8) to only attempt to open /dev/tun N. This option only works in client mode.

PPP CONFIGURATION

    Important Notes on PPP Configuration

Special attention is required when adding new RFCOMM configurations to the existing PPP configuration. Please keep in mind that PPP will always execute commands in the "default" label of your /etc/ppp/ppp.conf file. Please make sure that the "default" label only contains commands that apply to every other label. If you need to use PPP for both dialing out and accepting incoming RFCOMM connections, please make sure you have moved all commands related to dialing out from the "default" section into an appropriate outgoing label.

    RFCOMM Server

One of the typical examples is the LAN access. In this example, an RFCOMM connection is used as a null-modem connection between a client and a server. Both client and server will start talking PPP right after the RFCOMM connection has been established.
rfcomm-server:
 set timeout 0
 set lqrperiod 10
 set ifaddr 10.0.0.1 10.0.0.2 255.255.255.0
 enable lqr
 accept lqr
 accept dns
 # Do not use PPP authentication. Assume that
 # Bluetooth connection was authenticated already
 disable pap
 deny pap
 disable chap
 deny chap

    RFCOMM Client

The rfcomm_pppd utility supports both LAN (LAN Access Using PPP) and DUN (Dial-Up Networking) access. The client’s configuration for LAN access is very similar to the server’s and might look like this:
rfcomm-client:
 enable lqr
 accept lqr
 set dial
 set timeout 0
 disable iface-alias
 set ifaddr 10.0.0.1/0 10.0.0.2/0 255.255.255.0 0.0.0.0
 # Do not use PPP authentication. Assume that
 # Bluetooth connection was authenticated already
 deny pap
 disable pap
 deny chap
 disable chap

The client’s configuration for DUN access is different. In this scenario, the client gets connected to the virtual serial port on the server. To open a PPP session, the client must dial a number. Note that by default ppp(8) will not execute any configured chat scripts. The force-scripts option can be used to override this behavior. An example configuration is shown below:

rfcomm-dialup:
 # This is IMPORTANT option
 enable force-scripts

# You might want to change these set authname set authkey set phone "*99***1#"

# You might want to adjust dial string as well set dial "ABORT BUSY ABORT NO\\sCARRIER TIMEOUT 5 \ \"\" AT OK-AT-OK ATE1Q0 OK \\dATDT\\T TIMEOUT 40 CONNECT" set login set timeout 30 enable dns resolv rewrite

set ifaddr 10.0.0.1/0 10.0.0.2/0 255.255.255.0 0.0.0.0 add default HISADDR

Note that by adjusting the initialization string, one can make a CSD (Circuit Switched Data), HSCSD (High Speed Circuit Switched Data) or GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) connection. The availability of the particular connection type depends on the phone model and service plan activated on the phone.

EXIT STATUS


.Ex -std

EXAMPLES

    rfcomm_pppd -s -a 00:01:02:03:04:05 -C 1 -l rfcomm-server

This command will start rfcomm_pppd in the server mode. The RFCOMM server will listen on local address 00:01:02:03:04:05 and channel 1. Once the incoming connection has been accepted, rfcomm_pppd will execute ppp(8) in -direct mode with the "rfcomm-server" label.

    rfcomm_pppd -c -a 00:01:02:03:04:05 -C 1 -l rfcomm-client

This command will start rfcomm_pppd in the client mode. rfcomm_pppd will try to connect to the RFCOMM server at 00:01:02:03:04:05 address and channel 1. Once connected, rfcomm_pppd will execute ppp(8) in -direct mode with the "rfcomm-client" label.

SEE ALSO

rfcomm_sppd(1), bluetooth(3), ng_btsocket(4), ppp(8), sdpcontrol(8), sdpd(8)

AUTHORS


.An Maksim Yevmenkin Aq m_evmenkin@yahoo.com

CAVEATS

The rfcomm_pppd utility in server mode will try to register the Bluetooth LAN Access Over PPP service with the local SPD daemon. If the local SDP daemon is not running, rfcomm_pppd will exit with an error.
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