PuppetMaster Quickstart guide for Microsoft Smartphones
Setting up PuppetMaster involves the following steps
a) WIDCOMM Bluetooth drivers
b) Microsoft Bluetooth drivers
Select the download page and click on the “Windows Installer” package.
Save the file to your computer. When it has finished downloading run the installer.
The Smartphone PuppetMaster client is found normally at either:
C:\Program Files\PuppetMaster\Smartphone Client\PuppetMaster.CAB
C:\Program Files\PuppetMaster\PocketPC Client\PuppetMaster.CAB
You will need to select the appropriate install file for your device.
Connect your phone to your computer. Open ActiveSync and copy the file to any location on your mobile device.
On your mobile device, select Start -> File Manager (or Start -> File Explorer) and navigate to where you copied PuppetMaster.CAB. Click on it to install.
On some systems, PuppetMaster is able to automatically set up the necessary configuration. If the status shows:
“Disconnected: Awaiting Connection from Device”
when you start PuppetMaster for the first time, you can skip this section and the following one also (Sections 3 and 4).
Run PuppetMaster. Click on Preferences. Under Device selection, click to add a new device.
When the “Add Device” dialog shows, select “Server for Microsoft Smartphones.”
Do NOT Select your phone name from the list.
You will be prompted to specify a serial device to use
This serial port is the port used to connect from your phone to your computer.
It is not the same as the port used to connect from your computer to your phone.
To determine which port you need to use, check section (4).
After this, PuppetMaster should say it is waiting for a connection on the COM port you have selected.
There are two common Bluetooth drivers in use. This document contains screenshots of WIDCOMM and Microsoft drivers.
If your Bluetooth control panel looks like the following screenshot, then you have WIDCOMM drivers installed.
The Serial port you need to use is circled in red.
If your Bluetooth control panel looks like the following screenshot, then you have Microsoft drivers installed. You need to make sure that you have paired your phone with your computer.
The serial port you need is in an “Incoming” direction – in the screenshot above, the serial port required is circled in red. If you do NOT have it listed, you may need to click “Add” and setup an incoming serial port.
Now you’re all set up to connect from your phone!
The first time you run PuppetMaster, you will need to make sure that your computer is discoverable. Once you have successfully connected once, you will be shown a list of computers you have previously connected to, so you will not need to have your computer set to discoverable.
A: Make sure that your computer is set to discoverable. Make sure that your phone is NOT already connected to any other devices. Finally, be patient – Microsoft Smartphones take an unusually long time to discover devices over Bluetooth.
Q: PuppetMaster (Smartphone Client) finds my computer, but when I try to connect, there is a connection failure.
A: Most probably, the COM port on your computer is configured incorrectly. Consult with section (4) on how to determine the correct COM port to use. Some drivers may require the options “Startup Automatically” to be turned on, and “Secure Connection” to be turned off to make it work.
Q: What is this “Menu” key that some of the help screens talk about?
A: Use the green talk button to access the extras menu on Smartphones. On PocketPC devices, enter a “space” character – whether by using keyboard input, or block recognizer, etc.