Print | Rate this content

HP iPAQ Pocket PC h5400 Series - How to Connect to a Computer

The iPAQ Pocket PC h5400 Series allows users to connect in many ways:

  • Connect to a computer

  • Connect to the Internet or a network

The Microsoft Pocket PC Connection Wizard can be used for help with setting up connection preferences. The wizard is located on the companion CD or at Microsoft's PocketPC Non-HP site Web site (http://www.microsoft.com/windowsmobile/en-us/help/default.mspx).

The wizard installs on your personal computer desktop and guides through the set up process for several different types of connections (for example, modem, Virtual Private Network, and cell phone) and configurations (for example, e-mail and instant messaging). The connection and configuration information are automatically sent from your personal computer to your iPAQ Pocket PC.

Connect to a computer

The iPAQ Pocket PC can wirelessly connect to a personal computer using an infrared connection, Bluetooth, or wireless LAN.

The iPAQ Pocket PC can be physically connected to a personal computer using Microsoft ActiveSync and either a USB or serial cable and a cradle.

With Microsoft ActiveSync, you can:
  • Syncronize information manually or automatically

  • Synchronize information with a server while connected to a personal computer

  • Move files to and from a personal computer

  • Install applications on the iPAQ Pocket PC

  • Back up and restore information on a personal computer

Sync with personal computer

CAUTION: For synchronization to work properly, install Microsoft ActiveSync before connecting the iPAQ Pocket PC to the computer.
During installation, you can:
  • Create partnerships, which allow you to synchronize information with multiple computers.

  • Select the information to synchronize with your iPAQ Pocket PC (for example, Contacts, Calendar, Inbox, Tasks, Favorites, Files, Notes, and AvantGo).

If you have selected to synchronize files, you should drag and drop the selected files from your computer to the synchronized folder for your iPAQ Pocket PC on your desktop. If you named your Pocket PC, PC1, when you created your partnership, then the synchronized folder is named “PC1.” When you synchronize, the files are copied to your iPAQ Pocket PC.

To Sync with a personal computer:
  1. Insert the HP iPAQ Pocket PC companion CD into your computer.

  2. Follow the instructions in the installation wizard. For more help, click the ActiveSync Help button during installation.

    The information you select will automatically synchronize when your installation is complete.

Use the Serial Infrared (IR) connection

After setting up a connection with a USB or serial cable and a cradle, synchronize your iPAQ Pocket PC and your computer using an infrared connection if you have an infrared port or an infrared USB adapter installed on your computer. The infrared connection option works only on computers that have Windows 98, Me, XP, or 2000 operating system installed.
  1. Follow the steps in To Sync with a Personal Computer.

  2. Follow your computer manufacturer’s instructions to install and set up an infrared port.

  3. From your computer, open Microsoft ActiveSync.

  4. From the File menu, select Connection Settings.

  5. Click Allow serial cable or infrared connection to this COM port.

  6. Click the OK button.

  7. Click the down arrow and choose Infrared Port (IR).

    Place the iPAQ Pocket PC and the infrared port so they are unobstructed and within 12 inches of each other.

  8. From the Start menu on your iPAQ Pocket PC, tap ActiveSync.

  9. Tap Tools.

    Figure 1: Tools

  10. Tap Connect via IR .

  11. Align the IR ports to establish a connection.

  12. Move the devices away from each other to disconnect.

Change synchronization settings

You can modify your synchronization settings for Microsoft ActiveSync to:
  • Change when your iPAQ Pocket PC synchronizes with your computer

  • Change when your iPAQ Pocket PC synchronizes with your server

  • Change the type of connection from your iPAQ Pocket PC to your computer (for example, serial, USB, infrared connections, Bluetooth, and wireless LAN)

  • Select the files and information to synchronize with your computer

  • Select the files and information you do not want to synchronize with your computer (for example, e-mail attachments)

  • Determine how conflicts between information on your iPAQ Pocket PC and information on your computer are handled

To change synchronization settings:
  1. From your computer, open Microsoft ActiveSync.

  2. From the Tools menu, click Options.

    1. On the Sync Options tab, select the files and information to synchronize with your computer.

    2. On the Sync Mode tab, select when your iPAQ Pocket PC synchronizes with your computer.

    3. On the Rules tab, determine how conflicts between information on your iPAQ Pocket PC and information on your computer are handled.

Move files

You can move files to and from your computer using Explore in ActiveSync and Windows Explorer.

It is recommended that you store important information to the iPAQ File Store folder located in the File Explorer on your iPAQ Pocket PC.

To move files:

  1. From your computer, open Microsoft ActiveSync.

  2. Click Explore.

  3. Double-click the My Pocket PC icon.

  4. Right-click the Start menu on your personal computer, then select Explore.

  5. Locate the file you want to move.

  6. Drag and drop your files between your Pocket PC and Windows Explorer. ActiveSync converts the files, so that they can be used by the Pocket Office applications, if necessary.

CAUTION: You should move your files directly into My Documents or into a folder inside your My Documents folder, so the applications on your iPAQ Pocket PC can find your files.

Provide feedback

Please rate the information on this page to help us improve our content. Thank you!