Using PDA connected to network through ethernet cradle

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  I'm new to pdas and am wondering what the ethernet connection in an
ethernet cradle is for. Does it automatically allow you to access
servers on the network as you would with a desktop? Do  I need a
network card for the pda or can I simply plug the ethernet cradle into
an ethernet port.

  I'm hoping to be able to use the pda to send data to a database
using the standard connection string and code in the compact versionof (just like a program written on a desktop. Is this


Re: Using PDA connected to network through ethernet cradle

On 7 Feb 2007 14:55:56 -0800, "fig000"

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Which pda?  I have never seen an Ethernet connection in the
cradles for my various Palms.

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   Thanks for answering. We're looking at the symbol 9090 line. Our
vendor has cradles with ethernet jacks and I thought that implied that
we could talk to the network through the pda. What our pda apps do now
is to collect data. Then there's a desktop app that collects the data
from the pda and the desktop saves in in the database.

  What I'd like to do is merge the two applications and have the pda
collect the data and also save it in the database. I had hoped that
the ethernet jack would allow us to do that.


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You may already know some of the following, but:

Those devices are running Windows Mobile. And Windows Mobile is in the
middle of some relevant, and significant changes.

First, ActiveSync is a program that has been used to synchronize data
between Windows Mobile devices and Outlook. It can also be used to
synchronize files. And the underlying protocol it uses can be used in
"desktop" apps using RAPI. My hunch is that the "desktop" app you're
using uses RAPI. Cradles for Windows Mobile devices (and other devices
using Windows CE, the underlying operating system) were primarily for
connecting via ActiveSync. Thus, they were commonly set up so
ActiveSync would start as soon as a device was cradled; RAPI programs
could be set to start at the same time.

In the early days, connections were via serial port. Ethernet was an
immense speed improvement. USB was convenient. Windows Mobile 5
requires ActiveSync 4.x, which does _not_ support Ethernet (many long,
angry discussions in microsoft.public.pocketpc and other forums, so I
strongly recommend searching there rather than opening a new

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I have a definite bias against this approach. The way your programs
work now means they work well even when not connected. That's how our
programs work. We also have programs that run on the handhelds and use
tcp/ip (_not_ RAPI) to transfer data; with WiFi, folks can save
results without returning to a cradle. The two programs also work
together to provide automated upgrades.

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