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More on connecting an iPAQ to a Thinkpad's Internet link

I read one of your answers about how to set up Internet access over an ad hoc WLAN network.... brilliant! After weeks of looking for info from HP and IBM about connecting my iPAQ to my Thinkpad's Internet link, your answer was the only one that worked.

Following your instructions was simple, changing the iPAQ TCP/IP settings to let my laptop network connection to the Internet assign addresses did the trick, and I was finally surfing wirelessly.

But now I can't access a shared folder on the laptop I used to be able to access when I hard-coded the IP addresses on both laptop and iPAQ. I get "can't find the network resource" or the logon fails. If I go back to specifying IP addresses I can get to the shared folder but not the Internet.

Can one not have both?

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You're now letting Internet Connection Sharing on your laptop dynamically assign private addresses to both the laptop and iPAQ wireless interfaces, probably 192.168.0.1 to your laptop (where connection sharing occurs) and 192.168.0.2 to your iPAQ (the station using connection sharing). Interfaces must be configured with Client for Microsoft Networks and File Sharing enabled. Choose TCP/IP for your interface, click Advanced, look at the WINS tab, and make sure that NetBIOS over TCP/IP is enabled. You may also want to make sure that your iPAQ's network interface has a WINS or DNS server assignment. I hope this helps, but if not, you might want to consider trying NetUse or NetRunner, both linked from this PocketPC shareware site. I haven't tried them, but these programs claim to extend the iPAQ's limited file sharing user interface.

This was first published in August 2003

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