Getting iPAQs to web browse through USB
This should help you get a Compaq iPAQ 3600 browsing the web via USB under windows through the host machine's connection. It's not 100% reliable, and can result in all sorts of problems between the iPAQ and ActiveSync as connections become confused. In short, back your iPAQ up and be ready for a reset if necessary.
Right, so if you're truly ready for all the inconvenience of pocket web browsing whilst firmly tethered to your desktop by a USB cradle, we shall begin...
That's it. Run the proxy. Pull the iPAQ of the cradle and select "Connect" from the Internet Explorer tools menu. The iPAQ should prompt "USB Dial, connecting to host" or somesuch. Put the iPAQ in the cradle, things should negociate and you should now be able to browse the web.
Things seem to go a bit screwy between ActiveSync and IE over USB, but I'm sure you'll work it out or throw the iPAQ out of the Window through pocket-web-browsing-induced-frenzy before it becomes a problem. If you suss it out, let me know.
Incidentally the initial idea was to have the iPAQ dialling linux over PPP, linux with a chat script to pretend it was a modem. This solution is faster, but the serial approach will probably be more reliable and neater, since linux can nicely masquerade the iPAQ on to your network rather than using a proxy. I didn't get there, and I'm happy enough with this solution to play with for the moment.
Oh, and the bear above just spent four hours with the Windows Registry API. Don't do it, kids.
Last modified on: Sat Jan 30 09:55:25 2010
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