Though there isn’t time or sufficient space here to walk through all the possible connection scenarios that Connection Manager can handle, the next steps will show you some of the connection options available to Pocket PC users.
Setting up a dial-up connection
Imagine you’re away from your desktop and need to configure a dial-up connection to the home office. Select Start > Settings,select the Connections tab, and then select the Connections icon. Select the Add a new modem connectionlink under My ISP.
Give the connection a meaningful name (the default name is My Connection), and choose your modem from the drop-down list. (If you don’t have a modem you can pick Hayes Compatible from the list.) Select Next. Fill in the phone number field and select Next.
Insert User Name and Password and Domain. Under the Advanced option, leave the default options for each tab (General, Port Settings, TCP/IP and Servers), and then select Finish.
Setting up Wi-Fi (802.11)
The good news about setting up a Wi-Fi connection is that you don’t have to! Windows Mobile 5.0 software includes integrated Zero Configuration support for Wi-Fi. This means that if your device is Wi-Fi-capable, it will automatically sense a Wi-Fi network when in comes in range of one. It will prompt you with a notification bubble saying that a wireless network is available, and request a WEP key if one is required.
You can choose whether to connect; information for that connection is stored in Connection Manager until it is manually changed. The next time the device is within range of the same Wi-Fi network, Windows Mobile software automatically connects without alerting or distracting you.
You do need to set the device to search for Wi-Fi networks. To do so, select Start > Programs > WLAN_MAN. Choose Turn on Wireless LAN. Select OK. When your device is connected to a Wi-Fi network, you will see an icon at the top of the screen.
Using Wi-Fi Protected Access
Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA) is a security enhancement that increases the level of encryption and authentication for Wi-Fi systems. Pocket PCs running Windows Mobile software enable you to connect to wireless LAN networks that use WPA.
To access the WPA feature, select the Start icon on the home page, select Settings, and then select the Connections tab at the bottom of the screen. Now select the Network Cards icon. If your device has integrated Wi-Fi or you’ve added a Wi-Fi card and it is turned on, you will see the available networks here.
NOTE: Your network icon name and method of configuring your wireless network may vary depending on the brand of device you are using. Consult the device manual as needed.
Select the network that you wish to access by selecting its name. This brings up configuration settings for your network. Select the Network Key tab at the bottom. Under the Authentication pull-down menu, you can select WPA. You can now select Temporal Key Integrity Protocol (TKIP) under the data encryption pull-down menu if your network uses this instead of Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP).
Defining a VPN connection and proxy
To set up a VPN connection, select Start >Settings, select the Connections tab, and then select the Connections icon. Under My Work Network, select Add a newVPN server connection.
NOTE: If you do not have the My Work Network option, select the Advanced tab. Select Select Networks. Under “Programs that automatically connect to a private network should connect using,” select My Work Network. Select OK.
Once you’ve selected “Add a new VPN server connection,” enter a name for the connection (the default is My VPN), and enter the host information (usually provided by your IT department). Select Next.
Choose the authentication settings. If you have been given a key, enter it here. Select Next. Enter User Name,Password and Domain (from your IT administrator).
Selecting the Advanced button lets you configure the Pocket PC’s IP address. Selecting the Servers tab lets you configure your DNS and WINS servers.
Setting Proxy Settings The last step is to check and set Proxy Settings. Select Start > Settings > Connections. Under My Work Network, select Set up my proxy server. Check the top two boxes, and enter the proxy server name. The Advanced button lets you set individual ports for the HTTP, Wireless Application Protocol (WAP), Secure WAP and SOCKS protocols. When you’re done, select OK.
The Connection Manager is designed to make “partnerships” between the Pocket PC and Bluetooth mobile phones easier to establish. By default, Bluetooth is turned off on new devices, so you’ll need to turn it on to use it. Once you turn on the Bluetooth feature, Windows Mobile will automatically scan for other Bluetooth devices.
Access the Bluetooth controls by selecting Start > Settings > Bluetooth. Check the boxes Turn on Bluetooth and Make this device discoverable to other devices.
To establish a new partnership with another device, select the Devices tab. Select New Partnership to scan for other Bluetooth devices. Select a device to modify its settings.
Connecting with infrared (beam)
To turn your infrared receiving on or off, access the infrared controls by selecting Start > Settings > Beam. Check the box Receive all incoming beams.
When this box is checked, you can line up the infrared port on your device with another device such as a laptop or cellular phone, and your device will automatically receive data when it is sent. Before the transfer is complete, your device will prompt you to choose whether to accept the file being sent. Beaming files from your device to another device is just as easy. When viewing a contact, document, image or other file you wish to send, there is generally a Beam File option available (often under a Menu option).
Turning on Flight mode
On your home screen, at the top of the screen, you will see an icon that looks like a funnel with a small “X” to the right of it. Select the icon; from there you can select the Turn on Flight mode link.