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With wireless access, you do not need to use cables to connect your HP
iPAQ to the Internet. Instead, access points transmit data to and from your
wireless device. Your HP iPAQ can connect to an 802.11b WLAN or
connect directly to other WLAN-enabled devices. With Wi-Fi, you can:
• Access the Internet
• Send and receive e-mail
• Access corporate network information
• Use virtual private networks (VPNs) for secure remote access
• Use hotspots for wireless connectivity
From the Today screen, tap the iPAQ Wireless icon located in the
Navigation bar at the bottom of the screen to access the Wi-Fi features.
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 Wi-Fi infrastructure and
a separately purchased service contract. Check with your service
provider for availability and coverage in your area. Not all web content
may be available. Some web content may require installation of
It is recommended that you become familiar with the following terms as
you begin to use Wi-Fi technology.
802.11 standardAn approved standard specification of radio
technology from the Institute of Electrical and Electronic
Engineers (IEEE) used for wireless local area networks
Device-to-computer or ad-hocA mode that does not use access points. It provides
independent peer-to-peer connectivity in a wireless
Domain Name System (DNS)The way that Internet domain names are located and
translated into IP addresses. It is an easy to remember
name for an Internet address. Every website has its own
specific IP address on the Internet.
EncryptionAn alphanumeric (letters and/or numbers) conversion
process of data primarily used for protection against
any unauthorized person(s).
HotspotsPublic or private areas where you can access Wi-Fi
service. These wireless connections can be located, for
example, at a library, cyber cafe, hotel, airport lounge,
or convention center. This service can be free or
sometimes requires a fee.
InfrastructureThis connection mode uses wireless access points to
connect to networks.
Internet Protocol (IP) AddressA 128-bit number that identifies each sender or receiver
of information that is sent in packets across the Internet.
For example, when you request an HTML page or send
e-mail, the Internet Protocol part of TCP/IP includes your
IP address in the message. In this example, this
information identifies your computer as the sender and/
or receiver of information.
Media Access Control (MAC) A computer’s unique hardware number in a network,
Address which also can provide security for wireless networks.
When a network uses a MAC table, only the 802.11
radios (wireless devices) that have had their MAC
addresses added to that network’s MAC table can
access the network.
Security Set Identifier (SSID)A sequence of 32 characters uniquely defining
(naming) a WLAN. Basically, each set of wireless
devices communicating with each other is called a
basic service set (BSS). Several BSSs can be joined to
form one logical WLAN, called an extended service set
(ESS). An SSID is the 1-32 alphanumeric, case-sensitive
name given to each ESS.
Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA)The Wi-Fi encryption method that protects unauthorized
network access by utilizing a setup password (for
personal use) or by verifying network users through a
server (for enterprise use).
Windows Internet Naming A way of managing the association of workstation
Service (WINS) names and locations with IP addresses.
Wired Equivalent Privacy Basic wireless security provided by Wi-Fi. This security
(WEP) uses an encryption key that automatically encrypts
outgoing wireless data. On the receiving side, the same
encryption key enables the computer to automatically
decrypt the information so it can be read.
Wireless Access PointA wireless LAN transceiver or "base station" that can
connect a wired LAN to one or many wireless devices.
In addition, access points can also bridge to each
Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi)A certification for wireless LAN products based on the
IEEE 802.11 standard.
Automatically Connecting to a Network
1. If Wi-Fi is on and one or more broadcast networks are present, the
Network Indicator icon appears in the Navigation bar. Tap
the network you want to connect to, then select whether the
network connects to the Internet (does not use proxy settings) or
Work (uses proxy settings).
2. If you are prompted for a Network Key (WEP), enter it and tap
Connect. If you are not sure, contact your network administrator.
CAUTION: A new network that does not request an encryption key may
not be a secure network. To check whether an existing network uses
encryption, check the Encryption Status of the network. Tap Start >
iPAQ Wireless > Wi-Fi icon > Settings button.
If you cannot connect to a network, be sure that:
• Wi-Fi is turned on.
• the HP iPAQ identified the network you want to connect to.
• you have added the necessary server information.
• the network you are attempting to connect to is not busy.
• the proper drivers for your card are installed if you are using an
SDIO Ethernet card
• your user name and password are correct.
• WEP key is correct.
• IP Address is correct.
• the hardware you are using with your HP iPAQ is properly
configured and operational.
• the HP iPAQ is within range of the access point.
Tap Start > Settings > Connections tab > Connections and check
your connection settings. Tap OK when you are finished to save your
You can also reset the device. To reset the device, use the stylus and lightly
press the Reset button.
If you cannot connect to an available network that shows in the list of
networks without a name, it is likely that the network is a “hidden” or non-
SSID broadcast network. You must know the network name (SSID) to be
able to connect. Try the following:
1. Tap Start > Settings > Connections tab > Connections
icon > Advanced tab > Network Card.
2. Select Add Network Settings.
3. Enter the network name (SSID).
4. Select the appropriate values in the Connects to box.
5. If WEP settings are required, tap the Authentication tab and
If you cannot connect reliably to an available network or connections are
frequently dropped, be sure there is ample signal strength available in the
Monitoring Signal Strength and Status
To view the signal strength between your HP iPAQ and an access point
1. Tap the Connections icon in the Navigation bar.
2. When the Connectivity box displays, you will be able to view
the type of network the HP iPAQ is connected to (for example,
Work or Internet) and an icon displaying the signal strength.
NOTE: The Signal Strength icon will not be displayed if a connection
is not present.
3. To make changes to the connection settings, tap Settings.
4. To exit the Connectivity box, tap the Hide button.
For more detailed information:
1. Tap Start > iPAQ Wireless.
2. Tap the Wi-Fi icon to turn Wi-Fi on.
3. Tap the Manager button.
4. If a wireless connection has been established, you can view
information on signal strength, SSID, Encryption Status, Access
Point, and IP Address.
5. To add a new wireless network, tap the Configure Wireless
6. For more detailed information on your connection status, tap the
Entering New Settings
You can add a wireless network when the network is detected. Or, you
can manually add it by entering settings information.
1. To manually enter information, tap Start > Settings >
Connections tab > Network Cards > Wireless tab.
2. Tap Add New. If the network was detected, tap the network
3. In the General tab, enter a network name. If the network was
detected, the network name is entered automatically and can’t be
4. In Connects to, select what your network connects to, Work or
My ISP. To connect directly to another computer instead of a
network access point, select the This is a device-to-device
(ad-hoc) connection check box.
Searching for Networks to Access
1. Networks you have already configured are preferred networks.
You can choose whether to connect only to preferred networks or
to have your HP iPAQ search for and connect to any available
network (preferred or not).
2. From the Today screen, tap the iPAQ Wireless icon.
3. Tap the Wi-Fi icon to turn Wi-Fi on.
4. Tap the Settings button > Wireless tab.
5. In the Networks to access box, tap the type of network you
want to connect to (All Available, Only access points, or
6. To connect only to networks that have already been configured,
clear the Automatically connect to non-preferred
NOTE: If you check the Automatically connect to non-preferred
networks checkbox, your HP iPAQ detects any new networks and
provides you the opportunity to configure them.
Setting Up a Wireless Network
1. Tap Start > Settings > Connections tab > Network Cards
2. Do one of the following:
• If you do not see a desired network, tap Add New and
follow the instructions on the screen.
• Any networks that you have already configured are preferred
networks and are listed under Wireless networks. To
change network settings, in Wireless networks, tap a
NOTE: To manually start a connection, tap and hold the connection,
then tap Connect.
If you cannot see your wireless network on your HP iPAQ, it could be a
non-broadcasting network. Try the following:
1. Tap Start > Settings > Connections tab > Connections
icon > Settings.
2. Tap the Advanced tab > Select Networks.
3. Follow the on-screen instructions.
Deleting a Wireless Network
You can delete networks you manually entered. However, if a network
was automatically detected, you are not able to delete it.
To delete an existing or available wireless network:
1. From the Today screen, tap the iPAQ Wireless icon.
2. Tap the Wi-Fi icon to turn Bluetooth on.
3. Tap the Settings button > Wireless tab.
4. In the Wireless networks box, tap and hold the network you
want to delete.
5. Tap Remove Settings.
Setting Up an Automatic Choice for Connections
If you have already created more than one connection, you can set up
your HP iPAQ to connect to the best available connection automatically.
1. Tap Start > Settings > Connections tab > Connections.
2. Under My ISP or My Work Network, tap Manage
3. Tap Auto pick.
Logging on to Network Services
Before you begin, obtain the following information from your network
• user name
To log on to a network service:
1. Enter your user name, password, and domain.
2. To save your password so that you can be prompted each time you
connect, select the Save password check box.
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