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TEST DRIVE: Day 5 - The improved Windows Mobile 2003 Connections
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - on Friday, 18.07.03 - 22:45:35 CET under 09 - Thoughts - Viewed 6103x
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The Connection manager must have been the component of Pocket PC 2002 which has received the most complaints. Stemming from the numerous steps it took to get to the Connections Settings, to the implementation of different connection settings for work and for Internet to the supposed smart connection it has that could determine which is the best way to connect to a network.

Luckily, for Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC, a lot of effort was placed in correcting the mistakes implemented in the Connection Manager. With Windows Mobile 2003 Connections, it is a breeze to set up a connection and nothing more than a tap on the Connectivity Icon can bring you to an immediate connection to Work settings or Internet settings. Microsoft adds a nice touch to it by adding a connection timer that measures the length of every session.

As I mentioned earlier, I was conducting the Test Drive on a Windows Mobile 2003 powered ASUS MyPal A620. The MyPal A620 does not have any connectivity option built-in except for the IR port. So for the Test Drive, I used several connectivity options which were available to me. First was the Ambicom BT CF Card and the second was the Eagletec 56K CF modem. Plugging each connectivity option into the MyPal A620's CF slot generated a notification bubble that a new modem was detected and asked me if I wanted to make a new connection setting with the inserted modem.

I created different connection settings for each modem after which I tested them individually by simply inserting the connectivity option I wish to use. This version is by far the best I've seen as all that is needed is for the modem to be inserted and the associated connection setting is then automatically selected. Now this is truly smart. When I inserted the Eagletec 56K Modem, it appears as such in the Connectivity Notification Bubble.

If a BT card is inserted into the CF slot, it will show you the available connection and even ask if you want to switch the BT radio on or off.

Setting up the BT connection was also painless. Unlike with Pocket PC 2002 which relied more on proprietary drivers and UIs, this one is the simplest available making pairing devices a simple task. One draw back though is the lack of bundled applications or features like BT sending of files and the like.

Currently, I have no Windows Mobile 2003 powered Pocket PC with both BT and Wi-Fi radios built-in which means, I won't be able to test how smart the new Windows Mobile Connections is. I will have to reserve that test in the future when I have an iPAQ h5550 for testing.

That's it for now, tune in tomorrow for more insights on how well Windows Mobile 2003 devices perform.

Mabuhay! ~ Carlo


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Posted by Bryan on 22.07.03 - 17:46:28

Does WM2K3 have an IP manager bundled with the new connection manager? I use many wireless networks where there is no DHCP and to avoid having to manually change IP addresses I have to use a 3rd party product to handle that right now.



Posted by SHoTTa35 on 23.07.03 - 02:44:24

Wireless without DHCP? THat's odd... i mean since most users encounter wireless networks without even knowing then it would be a lil too much to keep configuring. What's those admins thinking... anyways.. based off what i saw on my ipaq just now you can set your IP manually or use DHCP so that should answer your question.

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