HP's Ipaq data assistant devices can use a variety of methods to connect to the Internet. If a computer has Bluetooth connectivity and an active Internet connection, the Ipaq can use its built in Bluetooth technology to connect through the computer. This works on OSX and Windows machines that have built in Bluetooth cards or installed Bluetooth adapters.
Click on the Apple icon in the top left corner and select "System Preferences." Open the "Sharing" icon.
Click on the "Share your connection from" dropdown menu. Select the current Internet connection from the list.
Click on the "To computers using" dropdown menu and select "Bluetooth" from the list. This option may not appear if Bluetooth is turned off. Turn on Bluetooth by clicking the Bluetooth symbol in the top right corner of the screen.
Type "view network connections" into the Start menu search bar and press "Enter." Right click on the current Internet connection and choose "Properties." You need administrative permission to access these options.
Click on the Sharing tab and check the "Allow other network users to connect through this computer's Internet connection" box. Click "OK."
Right click on the "Bluetooth Devices" icon in the Control Panel and select "Advanced Configuration." In the Local Services tab, click on "Network Access" and then click "Properties."
Check the "Startup Automatically" box and change the dropdown menu to the "Allow other devices to access the Internet/LAN via this computer" option. Click "OK" to save the changes.
Turn the Ipaq on and tap the wireless icon in the bottom right corner of the Today screen. Select "Bluetooth Manager" from the list.
Tap "New" in the bottom left corner and select "Connect." Choose the "Connect to the Internet" option and then tap the "Next" button. Tap the "Connect via a LAN" radio button and tap "Next" again.
Tap inside the Device box and wait for the list to populate. When the computer with the shared Bluetooth connection appears, select it.
Change the options in the Shortcut section if you wish to create a shortcut for future connections. Click "Finish" to use the connection.
- If your Windows computer does not have Bluetooth connectivity, it can still connect an Ipaq to the Internet using an ad-hoc network. Type "set up and ad hoc network" into the Start menu search bar and press "Enter." Follow the onscreen instructions to set up a new wireless network to which the Ipaq can connect.
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