Ignore the 'Dell Axim' title for the tutorial linked here:
Most of this stuff applies to any PPC. It's the best tutorial for getting Wi-Fi connected and for troubleshooting on a Windows Mobile device, to my knowledge.
As I have never operated that particular iPAQ I cannot tell you exactly what to do. Making Wi-Fi work on a Windows Mobile device can be somewhat complicated. But for starters, 'just' setting up a connection to a home wireless network is indeed the same as setting up Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi is wireless, 802.11x (a, b, g, or n, depending on your equipment, but 802.11b is what you have in that iPAQ if memory serves) being the kind of radio protocol involved. You are not talking about using a wire to connect to your home network, therefore you are talking about wireless, or Wi-Fi.
Some Wi-Fi settings you will find under Start > Settings > Connections through various icons there. The exact nature of these applications, or applets, changes somewhat with each OS version of Windows Mobile, but most of the core operations remain similar. These kinds of operations are addressed through some of the links provided on the tutorial site for which I provided a link. To go one link deeper, here:
The other main link is for setting up your home network itself. Not relevant here if you notebook PC is connecting okay. Not all of it is directly relevant to your device settings, but having a strong understanding of the basics will help avoid a lot of small errors and pitfalls.
There are of course lots of sites offering information on Wi-Fi use with Pocket PCs. It can take quite a bit of searching to troubleshoot some sorts of problems... and I'd gladly provide more specific information if your questions indicated really specific problems. Lack of a particular icon or two doesn't really tell much, unless one has the same device on hand to test with and compare. I've used several wireless CF cards with several types of PPC, and also a few types of more modern device with built-in Wi-Fi. No two are exactly alike in how they display connectivity properties, though as I said, there are similarities.
Things to do first, perhaps:
- a soft reset, pressing a stylus into the soft reset hole on the base of the device, can resolve some issues caused by memory leaks or software bugs
- running through and trying various settings in the various communications related applets under Settings > Communications
- same with anything in your root Start Menu to do with connections, if there are any program shortcuts like that there
- read the owner's manual, in PDF if available from HP or elsewhere like on a CD which came with your device
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