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UTILITY: Socket WLAN Tools Mobile Edition v2 for Windows Mobile 2003
Posted by Arne Hess - on Saturday, 26.02.05 - 16:21:08 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News - Viewed 14996x
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Socket recently released a new driver and utility for their W-LAN CF and SD cards which adds a couple of new handy features. While many/most Pocket PCs have W-LAN inbuilt today, a couple still exclude W-LAN - like the famous HTC Magician (aka i-mate JAM, O2 Xda II mini and T-Mobile compact).

The Socket WLAN Tools Mobile Edition v2 software utility for Windows Mobile 2003 (including Second Edition) allows you to view connection status, monitor available networks and troubleshoot connection issues - a US$ 25 software value that works exclusively with Socket CF and SDIO WLAN Cards (as well as with SanDisk cards, as I've tested it ;-)).


  • Intuitive and easy-to-use graphical interface
  • Quickly see connection status and Internet availability
  • Find WiFi Networks - View all available W-LANs with signal strength, security enabled/disabled, channel and AP MAC address
  • Ping an IP address or URL a few times or continuously
  • Trace route shows how your Pocket PC connects to an Internet site

I have played with it a little bit and it's the best W-LAN utility I've seen so far. thousand time better then the original Pocket PC W-LAN utility which is pretty basic at all. So if you have the feeling your Pocket PC isn't state of the art at all because it excludes inbuilt W-LAN, with this tool you can be confident that you have a way better W-LAN utility then users with Pocket PCs which includes W-LAN hardware. ;-)

Cheers ~ Arne

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Posted by Ed on 26.02.05 - 17:50:20

Interesting, I was getting ready to get a WiFi Card (SDIO) for my JAM, and I have used socket cards in the past.
At Sockets site it costs $125.00 for a new card with the new software, which seems a little high to me. Arne, you state that the software works with Sandisk cards as well. It seems like it would be much more economical to buy a Sandisk Card or older Socket card and upgrade with the new Socket software, then it would be to buy a new card with the new software from Socket.

Posted by Arne Hess on 26.02.05 - 18:12:08

[1] Yeah, US$ 125 is fairly expansive but nevertheless you can get the Socket card from Amazon for US$ 81.95 only! :-) (
Okay, not to mention the SanDisk is less.

However, please keep in mind that if the Socket drivers works now, there is no guarantee they will work in the future as well! So you might be safer to go with Socket since their software development is really impressive and they always gave the best drivers and utilities to their customers.

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