How To Connect Ipaq to the Internet

As with most devices, to connect an iPaq to the internet (WiFi), you must first configure your hardware to accept the signal from the IU wireless access points. After that, you’ll have to configure and set up a VPN connection.

It is only when the device is properly connected to both the wireless network and the VPN that the Ipaq will have access to local network resources or the internet (WiFi).

Steps on How to Connect Your Ipaq To The Internet

How to Connect Your Ipaq To The Internet

To connect your iPaq to the Internet (IU wireless network), follow the steps below:

1. Initialize the wireless connection

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Turn on your device. Select ‘Ipaq wireless’ on the start menu in the upper left corner.

Click on the WLAN icon. You’ll know the device is detecting a network when a pair of arrows pointing right and left appear on the toolbar near the speaker icon and the clock. If your iPaq does not see a wireless signal, the arrows will have an ‘X’ attached.

Download and install the vxIPConfig software. Confirm whether you’re receiving IP from the wireless access point.

On the start menu, go to ‘programs’. Click on the communications folder, and then, tap the vxIPConfig icon.

At the top of the window, tap the down arrow. A menu will appear showing all the adapters that vxIPConfig sees.

Select the one that corresponds to the wireless adapter in your PDA. However, the name will vary depending on the wireless chipset installed by the manufacturer.

If you see more than one adapter listed, you may not be able to tell which one corresponds to the wireless chipset. In that case, select the one that shows you an IP address other than 0.0.0.0 or one starting with 169.254.

If your IP address is good, then, you’ve successfully initialized the wireless connection. Proceed to the next step.

2. Configuration of the VPN connection settings

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  • Select ‘settings’ on the start menu and click on the ‘connections’ tab.
  • Click on the ‘connections’ icon and then, press the ‘advanced’ tab.
  • Tap the ‘select networks’ button. Then, choose ‘edit’ under ‘programs that automatically connect to a private network should connect using.’ Then, select the VPN tab.
  • Moving further, select ‘new’. A dialog box will appear. In the ‘name’ field, fill in any name of your choice for your connection. In the “Hostname” field, enter the hostname of your VPN server. Then, select ‘PPTP’ or ‘IPSec/L2TP’ and click on ‘next’. Enter your username and password in the domain field and enter ‘ADS’. Then, click on ‘Next’.
  • Tap on the ‘advanced tab’. Ensure you select the ‘user server-assigned IP address’. Then, select the ‘servers’ tab. then, choose ‘ok’ and then, ‘finish’.
  • Under ‘programs that automatically connect to the Internet should connect using:’, select anything other than My Work Network.
  • Under ‘programs that automatically connect to a private network should connect using:’, select My Work Network.
  • Then, select ‘exceptions’. In the “URL exceptions:”, tap ‘add New URL’ and enter (*.*/*) in an open field. Then, select ‘ok’.
  • Under ‘select what your network card connects to’, tap the Network Card button and select the ‘network adapters’ tap.
  • A drop-down menu will appear. Select the ‘internet’ under the ‘my network card connects to:’. Then, click on ‘ok’.

3. Make the connection

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  • Tap the wireless icon. A connectivity dialog box (balloon) will open.
  • Select ‘connect VPN’. If everything is correctly configured, you’ll see a balloon appear while the iPaq is connecting.
  • You can verify the connectivity by tapping the wireless icon again. A dialog box will appear, giving you signal strength and the length of time you’ve been connected, including the ‘hide’ and ‘disconnect’ buttons. If you see that information, you are properly connected.

Conclusion

To successfully connect your Ipaq to the internet (possibly a WiFi connection), you should be in a location that allows receiving of wireless signals. Trying to connect the Ipaq to the internet in areas with poor network connectivity, you’ll encounter problems trying to make the connection.

In a worst-case scenario, you’ll not be able to get feedback from the Ipaq notifying you that it’s been properly configured. Most importantly, carefully follow all the steps highlighted in this article to avoid mistakes.