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How do I connect to the Internet using a PDA



6:15 pm on Mar 31, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I am new to this forum. I am not a webmaster, so if I'm intruding, please let me know and I will leave and not bother you again.

I recently replaced a non-wifi equipped PDA with a Dell Axim 5X that has a TruMobile WLAN Flashcard. I want to be able to access the internet on the PDA while traveling so I can send and receive emails and/or files, check on the status of things, say hi to my wife, etc. What's the next step? When I click on the icon to get connected, the unit just searches for access but nothing happens. Do I need additional hardware attached to my business server or router or modem to be able to accomplish my goal? If so, what is needed.

Again, if I am intruding, please let me know.



10:44 pm on Apr 2, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I have an iPAQ 4155, also with built-in wifi and had a bit of trouble connecting at first so I feel your pain. if you need answere FAST, there is a public forum at this site, where everyone is a dell axim user:


P.S. I get disconnected sometimes for no apparent reason. in my home, I've found that cordless appliances can play havoc with wireless connections...a cordless pencil sharpener, a cordless phone. it couldn't hurt to check around your environment for cordless appliances of any kind.


7:52 pm on Apr 5, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I am new to this forum. I am not a webmaster, so if I'm intruding, please let me know and I will leave and not bother you again.

Welcome to WebmasterWorld! You are not intruding! This is a place for all people interested in how the web works!

I presented a similar question in this forum a while ago. The answers given by other WW members may be helpful to you too!



3:22 am on Apr 15, 2004 (gmt 0)

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I think that what you are looking for are hotspots.
The bottom line is that wifi is not like a cellphone (that you can use pretty much anywhere), it's more like your home portable phone (where it needs a base station).
For your business you need a wifi router. It's like your portable phone's base station. If you want to be able to use it in a large enough area at your business you may need more routers or repeaters or antennas. Not my field of expertise but you get the idea and there are lots of web sites where you can get more specific information about wifi hardware.
If you want to use wifi elsewhere then you want to find a hotspot. That's where someone has a wireless router set up and they make it available to the public (usually on purpose).
If you want to access the Internet from anywhere then I think that you need to do it through a cellphone. If your PDA and cellphone both have bluetooth then you don't need a cable.