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THOUGHT: Remote ActiveSync, the forgotten feature
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - on Sunday, 15.06.03 - 13:37:37 CET under 09 - Thoughts - Viewed 9401x
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For most of us who synchronize our Pocket PCs or Smartphones to Outlook on our desktop PCs, we rely on either wired (via serial or USB connection) or unwired (Wi-Fi or Bluetooth) connections. But rarely do I hear people who actually ActiveSync their devices via modem connections. It is just too bad that this feature is almost forgotten and more or less, rarely discussed. Is it an unnecessary feature? I believe not.

Looking back at the time when I installed ActiveSync for my Pocket PC, there were several readme files in the ActiveSync folder in the desktop PC. One of them was titled ReadRAS.doc. The file contains the most basic instructions on how to create a remote AcitveSync connection to the PC. This, I had to try and have on one time or another relied on it for synchronizing critical data.

ActiveSync is the most basic connection to a desktop PC available to every Pocket PC or Smartphone user, but it is also one that is easily overlooked. This is actually one of the good features of ActiveSync and the whole design of Windows powered mobile devices synchronizing data with a Windows desktop PC.

Remote ActiveSync is no different from doing it via a physical connection, except that you'd be able to do this about anywhere you may be located and anytime you wish to for as long as your desktop PC is connected to a modem.

Dialing up to a desktop PC at 9.6K isn't that bad either. It is more than enough for basic PIM synchronization, but of course if you add email synching to it, then it may take a while longer. All that is needed is that your Windows Powered Mobile device has an existing partnership with your desktop PC which is running as a dial-up server and all should be smooth sailing from there.

You might want to give Remote ActiveSync a try. Who knows, someday, it may be your life saver.

Mabuhay ~ Carlo


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