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WiFi PDA Meets Linux--Part 1 - page 3


  • March 31, 2005
  • By Rob Reilly

The HP marketing speak leads you to believe that setting up the HP 3715, for network/file server connectivity, is a breeze. I guess they were talking about getting an IP address and cruising the Web. Connecting to a file server was a little more involved and will be covered shortly.

Connecting to a LAN, of any type, to browse the Web is pretty simple. Here's how it's done, assuming that your router/firewall is set up to divvy out LAN IP addresses using DHCP. On the iPAQ:

  • Select the iPAQ Wireless item on the Start menu.
  • Select the ALL OFF button to disconnect from any previous access points.
  • Tap the big WiFi button (the white/red x will go off and the button will turn brown).

A New Network pop-up may appear, showing your LAN (WiFi access point) name. If it's the one you want simply select Work and then Connect. This will usually get you an IP address from your local DHCP server machine. If you succeed in obtaining a DHCP served address, the WiFI button on the iPAQ Wireless screen will turn green.

Assuming you have access rights through your access point/firewall, you should now be able to start up Internet Explorer under the Start menu and browse Web pages. This also works "out in the wild" at public access points.

Follow these steps to configure your iPAQ's address manually (or choose between DHCP and manual):

  • Select Start.
  • Select Settings.
  • Choose the Connections tab, at the bottom.
  • Select Network Cards.
  • Choose the Network Adapters tab, at the bottom.
  • Select the HP iPAQ WiFi Adapter menu item.

The HP iPAQ WiFi Adapter screen is the place where you change the IP address and can add/edit the Name Server data (by selecting the Name Servers tab, at the bottom).

When you are finished adjusting your IP address information, OK your way back to the main iPAQ screen.

You should now be able to browse the Web. Getting this basic functionality working will verify connectivity on your iPAQ and prepare you for the iPAQ to Samba file server configuration process.

Connecting to a Samba file server was a tiny bit of a challenge, because based on my search of the Web, it's uncharted territory.

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