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11-02-2003, 12:12 PM
Is there any way to connect an RJ45 cable to the serial port of my clie? I ask this because my school has RJ45 jacks in every class via wall jacks, and it would be really nice if I could just plug into the wall jack and be on the internet, or at least the network. I would be willing to purchase one, but I would much rather make one myself. Has this been done? Is it even possible?
11-02-2003, 12:14 PM
Ok I just had an idea, say I were to take my cradle, go to a computer store, and buy a USB coupler. I would also buy an RJ45 to USB cord (I know it's made). If I attached my cradle to one end of the coupler, the USB to RJ45 on the other end, and connected that to the network, would it work?
11-02-2003, 01:00 PM
If exists any way to connect my NX80V to a rj45 jack would be really great, because at work I have a lot of that
kind of jacks, and all with cable internet. Maybe, connecting
my clie to that jack, I can setup to access without using
A few problems:
RJ45 is usually used for ethernet, not RS232 serial.
A USB to rj45 adaptor is probably just a USB ethernet card (similar to the USB to audio plug 'adaptor' is just a USB sound card) and relies on the driver for it having all the network card software in it.
The cradle is a USB device, not a USB port - Ie, you can't use the cradle to connect USB devices to your clie.
I wouldn't be surprised to see a Compact Flash RJ45 network card out there (it would behave similarly to the Wireless ethernet card already available) but you'd need drivers for PalmOS.
If you want a slightly mickey-mouse solution, carry round a wireless access point configured to route for your Clie - battery powered if you can find one. Plug the access point into the wall port at school (be careful you don't get a phone port, the voltage is quite high if someone rings it) then connect to the access point via the Sony WL110 (or WL100) wireless ethernet card. If you have a good access point, it can be configured via the clie itself (either use the clie's serial port on the bottom or some sort of web interface via the network card itself) so you can even verify the port is live etc (I'm assuming you won't be getting a lot of help from the network admin there? <grin>)
11-02-2003, 04:14 PM
That sounds like a good idea, but money is kind of an issue and the wireless access card alone costs at least $80 at my local best buy.
No, my network admin and I are not exactly on good terms, so contacting her for support will probably end up in me having my palm pilot confiscated (already happened once).
11-02-2003, 05:18 PM
There is an IR to Ethernet adapter that is available for about $70. I bought one to fool around with, and it is small, light and very easy to setup. Simply plug it in to the RJ45 with a short cable and plug it into power. From that point you simply point the IR at it and go.....
The set up on the palm is simple. Set up a LAN conncetion using the IR port. Then setup a network setting to sign into your network using the LAC connection.
Works pretty good, although you are limitied to the speed of IR.
That's kinda funky... it's just a straight transparent bridge is it?
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