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HP iPAQ Pocket PC h4100, and h4300 Series - Using the Wireless LAN

Getting acquainted

The HP iPAQ Pocket PC can connect to an 802.11b Wireless LAN (WLAN) or connect directly to other WLAN-enabled devices. With WLAN, the following tasks can be performed:

  • Access the Internet

  • Send and receive e-mail

  • Access corporate network information

  • Use virtual private networks (VPN) for secure remote access

  • Use hot spots for wireless connectivity

NOTE: Use of dial-up and wireless Internet, e-mail, corporate networks, and other wireless communications, such as Bluetooth-enabled devices, may require separately purchased additional hardware and other compatible equipment, in addition to a standard Wireless LAN (WLAN) infrastructure and a separately purchased service contract. Check with the service provider for availability and coverage in the area. Not all Web content may be available. Some Web content may require installation of additional software.

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Learning the terms

Before using WLAN technology it is recommended that you become familiar with the following terms.

Term
Definition
Wireless Access Point
The access point provides a wireless connection to a network (additional hardware).
Infrastructure
This connection mode uses wireless access points to connect to networks.
Device-to-computer or ad-hoc
This mode does not use access points. It is used in peer-to-peer network communications. All peers must be configured on the same channel.
Hot spots
Public or private areas where there is a wireless access point available.
SSID or Network Name
SSID is the acronym for the service set identifier. This identification number uses a maximum number of 32 characters and is case sensitive.
Encryption (WEP) or IEEE 802.1X
A set of security services used to protect 802.11 networks from unauthorized access.

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Getting started with the wireless LAN

Powering the WLAN on or off

To use WLAN on the HP iPAQ Pocket PC, first turn on WLAN and set up the device.

To turn the WLAN on or off, do the following:

  1. From the Today screen, tap Start , then HP iPAQ Wireless .

  2. Tap the WLAN icon.

If the WLAN is powered on, the WLAN icon will turn from orange to green and the Wireless LAN indicator will flash green to indicate WLAN is on and connected or flash amber to indicate WLAN is on and not connected.

Shortcut : If you have enabled Wireless LAN using Start > iPAQ Wireless, from the Today screen, tap the Connections icon ( or ), then tap Turn Wireless On or Turn Wireless Off.

NOTE: Even though the indicator flashes to indicate WLAN is turned on, it does not necessarily mean a connection has been established with another device or access point.

If the WLAN is powered off, the WLAN icon will turn from green to orange.

Battery Saving Tip : Turn WLAN off when you are not using it. When WLAN is on, be sure one of the WLAN power saving modes is selected.

NOTE: Some Access Points and networks do not support one or more of the power saving modes that are available. If you cannot connect with a particular wireless network, try turning off the WLAN Power Save modes.

Automatically connecting to a network

  1. If one or more networks are present, the Network Indicator ( ) icon will appear in the Navigation bar. Tap the network you want to connect to, then tap whether the network connects to the Internet (does not use proxy settings) or Work (uses proxy settings).

    Figure 1: Network Indicator

  2. If prompted for a Network Key (WEP), enter it and tap Connect . If unsure, contact the network administrator.

Manually entering new network settings

A wireless network can be added either when the network is detected (the Network Indicator icon is showing in the Navigation bar) or manually by entering setting information.

To manually add a wireless network, do the following:

  1. Be sure the WLAN is turned on.

  2. Tap the Connections icon ( or ), then tap Settings , the Advanced tab, the Network Card button, the Wireless tab, then Add New Settings .

  3. Tap the General tab and enter a network name (SSID).

    NOTE: If a network was detected in Step 2, the SSID is automatically entered and cannot be changed.
  4. In the Connects to: box, select where the network connects to (the Internet or work).

  5. If wanting to connect to an ad-hoc connection, tap the This is a device-to-computer (ad-hoc) connection checkbox.

  6. If authentication information is needed, from the Configure Wireless Network screen, tap the Authentication tab.

    NOTE: To determine whether authentication information is needed, see the network administrator.
  7. Select the type of network authentication to use:

    1. To use data encryption, tap the Data encryption (WEP enabled) checkbox.

    2. To use Shared Key authentication, tap the Network Authentication (Shared mode) checkbox. Type the network key in the Network Key: box.

    3. If a network key is provided by the network automatically, tap the The Key is provided for me automatically checkbox.

    4. For increased security, tap the Enable network access using IEEE 802.1X checkbox. This option should only be checked if it is supported by the network environment. Ask the network administrator if unsure.

Searching for networks to access

Networks that have already been configured are preferred networks and are listed in Wireless Networks . You can choose whether to connect only to preferred networks or to have your iPAQ Pocket PC search for and connect to any available network (preferred or not).

  1. Tap the Connections icon, Settings , the Advanced tab, the Network Card button, then the Wireless tab.

  2. In the Networks to access box, tap the type of network that is to be connected to (All Available , Only access points , or Only computer-to-computer ).

  3. To connect only to networks that have already been configured, clear the Automatically connect to non-preferred networks checkbox.

NOTE: If the Automatically connect to non-preferred networks checkbox is checked, the HP iPAQ Pocket PC will detect any new networks and provide the opportunity to configure them.

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Managing wireless network settings

Viewing or editing a wireless network

To view or edit an existing or available wireless network, do the following:

  1. Be sure the WLAN is turned on.

  2. Tap the Connections icon, Settings , the Advanced tab, the Network Card button, then the Wireless tab.

  3. In the Wireless networks box, tap the desired network name.

  4. Edit the existing settings as necessary, then tap OK to save the changes.

Deleting a wireless network

To delete an existing or available wireless network, do the following:

  1. Be sure the WLAN is turned on.

  2. Tap the Connections icon, Settings , the Advanced tab, the Network Card button, then Wireless tab.

  3. In the Wireless networks box, tap and hold the network that is to be deleted.

  4. Tap Remove Settings .

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Monitoring signal strength and status

To view the signal strength between the HP iPAQ Pocket PC and access point WLAN connection, do the following:

  1. Tap the Connections icon ( or ) in the Navigation bar.

  2. When the Connectivity box displays, the type of network the HP iPAQ Pocket PC is connected to (for example, Work or Internet) and an icon displaying the signal strength is shown.

    NOTE: The Signal Strength icon will not be displayed if a connection is not present.

    Figure 2: Connectivity box

  3. To make changes to the connection settings, tap Settings .

  4. To exit the Connectivity box, tap the Hide button.

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Working with network settings

Looking up an IP address

To find the IP address the wireless network is using, do the following:

  1. Be sure the WLAN is turned on.

  2. Connect to the appropriate network.

  3. Tap the Connections icon, Settings , the Advanced tab, the Network Card button, then the Network Adapters tab.

  4. Tap the IP Address tab. The IP address appears in the IP Address box.

    Figure 3:

Changing TCP/IP settings

NOTE: Most Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and private networks now use dynamically-assigned IP addresses. The TCP/IP settings will not need to be changed unless the ISP or private network does not use dynamically-assigned IP addresses. If unsure, check with the network administrator.

To change TCP/IP settings, do the following:

  1. Contact the ISP or network administrator to determine the IP address, subnet mask, and/or default gateway (if needed).

  2. Be sure the WLAN is turned on.

  3. Tap the Connections icon, Settings , the Advanced tab, the Network Card button, then the Network Adapters tab.

  4. In the My network card connects to... drop-down box, tap either The Internet or Work .

    NOTE: If connecting to the ISP at home, tap The Internet . If connecting to a private network such as a corporate network at work, tap Work .
  5. In the Tap an adapter to modify settings box, tap HP iPAQ USB Wireless Adapter .

  6. Tap the IP Address tab.

  7. Tap Use specific IP address and enter the requested information.

  8. Tap OK to save the settings.

Changing DNS and WINS settings

NOTE: Most Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and private networks now use dynamically-assigned IP addresses. The DNS and WINS settings will need to be changed unless the ISP or private network does not use dynamically-assigned IP addresses. If unsure, check with the network administrator.

Servers that require an assigned IP address may also require a way to map computer names to IP addresses. The HP iPAQ Pocket PC supports two name resolution options:

  • DNS

  • WINS

To change server settings, do the following:

  1. Contact the ISP or network administrator to determine which name resolution to use, obtain the specific server address, and determine whether alternate addresses are available.

    NOTE: An alternate address may enable a connection when the primary server is unavailable.
  2. Be sure the WLAN is turned on.

  3. Tap the Connections icon, Settings , the Advanced tab, the Network Card button, then the Network Adapters tab.

  4. In the My network card connects to... drop-down box, tap either The Internet or Work .

    NOTE: If connecting to the ISP at home, tap The Internet . If connecting to a private network such as a corporate network at work, tap Work .
  5. In the Tap an adapter to modify settings box, tap HP iPAQ USB Wireless Adapter .

  6. Tap the Name Servers tab and enter the requested information.

  7. Tap OK to save the settings.

Setting up VPN server connections

A VPN connection enables a secure connection to servers, such as a corporate network, via the Internet. To set up a VPN server connection, do the following:

  1. Contact the network administrator for the user name, password, domain name, TCP/IP settings, and host name or IP address of the VPN server.

  2. Be sure the WLAN is powered on.

  3. From the Today screen, tap Start , Settings , the Connections tab, Connections , then the Tasks tab.

  4. Under My Work Network , tap Add a new VPN server connection .

  5. Follow the instructions in the New Connection wizard.

NOTE: For online Help for any screen in the New Connection wizard or while changing settings, tap the question mark (?) .

Changing VPN server connections

  1. Be sure the WLAN is turned on.

  2. From the Today screen, tap Start , Settings , the Connections tab, Connections , then the Tasks tab.

  3. Under My Work Network , tap Manage existing connections , then the VPN tab.

  4. Tap the VPN connection that is to be changed, then tap Settings .

  5. In the Name box, enter a name for the connection (for example, your company's name).

  6. In the Host name/IP box, enter the VPN server name or IP address.

  7. Next to VPN type , tap the type of authentication to use with the device (IPSec/L2TP or PPTP ). If unsure of which option to choose, ask the network administrator.

  8. Tap Next .

  9. If IPSec/L2TP was selected on the previous screen, tap the type of authentication. If A pre-shared key is selected, enter the key provided by the network administrator, then tap Next .

    NOTE: If PPTP was selected in the previous screen, this step is skipped.
  10. Enter the user name, password, and domain name provided by the network administrator.

    NOTE: If a domain name was not provided, a connection may be made without entering one.
  11. To change advanced settings, tap the Advanced button.

    NOTE: The advanced settings will not need to be changed unless either of the following situations exists:
    • The server that the connection is to does not use dynamically-assigned IP addresses and the TCP/IP settings need to be entered.

    • The server DNS or WINS settings need to be changed.
  12. Tap the Finish button.

Starting VPN server connections

To start a connection through a VPN server, be sure the WLAN is turned on, then select the VPN network. The HP iPAQ Pocket PC will automatically begin connecting.

Setting up Proxy server setting

If connected to the ISP or private network during synchronization, the HP iPAQ Pocket PC should download proper proxy settings from the personal computer. If these settings are not on the personal computer or need to be changed, they will need to be set up manually. To set up proxy server settings, do the following:

  1. Contact the ISP or network administrator for the proxy server name, server type, port, type of Socks protocol used, and the user name and password.

  2. Be sure the WLAN is powered on.

  3. From the Today screen, tap Start , Settings , the Connections tab, Connections , then the Tasks tab.

  4. Under My Work Network , tap Edit my proxy server , then the Proxy Settings tab.

  5. Tap the This network connects to the Internet and This network uses a proxy server to connect to the Internet checkboxes.

  6. In the Proxy server box, enter the proxy server name.

  7. If port number or proxy server type settings need to be changed, tap the Advanced button and change the desired settings.

  8. Tap OK .

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