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Wannabe Geek

Topic # 4532 31-Jul-2005 01:53
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I just purchased an Axim X50v to stay in touch with work and home emails among other things while away at training, so all of the Pocket PC thing is new to me. I am looking for direction in where I can find out how to set this unit up for wifi (especially at hotspot locations) and internet access. I have a Linksys router at home but I can't even get it to connect to it. I guess what I need is a step by step chart or a book for dummies. Any help would be appreciated and I apologize for asking such a stupid and probably mudane question but that describes me when it comes to this unit and getting it set up. Thanks to eveyone for their help

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Reply # 17292 31-Jul-2005 03:34
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I've had my Axim X50v for about a month now (upgrade from X5) and have had major headaches with connectivity using wi-fi as it seems to be a black art. I can possibly answer some of your questions but, like you, would love a step by step guide. I hope the bit below will work and at least get you connected to your home network, but being a complete novice at wi-fi connectivity, it may not. I'm sure later posters will put us both right on this! The following may not be in the correct order, but have a few trys and hopefully you'll get connected.

I connect at home via a linksys ADSL router (the desktop PC's are wired to this, and we have two laptops happily connecting via wireless g).

You'll need to do a few tweeks on your linksys to make sure you broadcast your SSID first.

Hopefully your X50v came with something called Odyssey Client. There are no instructions I can find, but this seems to get most things connected and scans for available networks.

Make sure your wireless is on at this point!

Open Odyssey, select command then scan. Select the infrastructure button and hopefully you'll find your SSID broadcasting. Select this.

I'm not totally sure what happens here as I don't want to check and risk losing my settings and spending the next hour reconfiguring (rest assured, once you've done this a few times, you'll get quicker!), however, at some stage, you'll need to select "settings" and "configure".

Select your network and make sure you are on infrastructure. Hit next.

Set association mode to WPA and encription to TKIP (assuming your Linksys is WPA enabled)

Use the pre-shared key (WPA) and put in the encryption code for your linksys system (you should have got this when you first set up the Linksys). This is case sensitive, so beware.

On the main Odyssey screen again, make sure you have the "connect to" box ticked and your network (the one you've just created) selected in the box below. Hit "reconnect".

Hopefully at this point, you'll get the message "connected" below the status line. That's the first part complete.

The hard part that I always seem to have trouble with is getting the internet explorer working....

Under the start .. settings .. network cards bit, you should see your connection which should say "connected". Select this network and under the tab marked "general", make sure the "Connect to" bit shows "the internet".

On the network key tab, use authentification = Open; Data encription = WEP and tick the option for "the key is provided for me automatically".

Don't have anything ticked on the 802.1x tab

Now, back to the main network cards screen again, where you have two tabs; wireless and network adaptors. Go to network adaptors and select the "my network card connects to the internet"

Click the Dell Axim X50 WLAN bit and select the "use server assigned IP address" on the IP address tab. Don't worry about the Name Servers tab.

Now, go back to the start .. settings screen and select Connections. This is where it gets really tricky and I get totally lost....

Hit the advanced tab and select networks
On the top box, select "my ISP".
On the bottom box, select new and you'll get a screen with 4 tabs on it:-
General: put a name in here - I've used the same as my Linksys network for ease of reference
Modem: Do nothing here
VPN: Do noting here
Proxy Settings: Select "this network connects me to the internet"

Hopefully you may now be connected (try opening internet explorer from the start menu).

This is about as far as I have got. I was recently at Dublin airport where they were advertising "wi-fi available". With totally no knowledge, I pressed loads of buttons on the Axim and failed to connect at all. On my return home, I spent the next few hours rebuilding the Axim from scratch and trying to restore my connection to the home network!

Best of luck. If anyone knows an easier way, especially when roaming into wi-fi hot spots, I'd love to know how this is done.

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