Sharp Mobilon HC-4100 User`s guide

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ORiNOCO Technical Bulletin 019 / B
April 1999
Introduction
This bulletin is prepared to provide information for users of Hand-held Palmtop
Computers (H/PC) devices running under the Windows CE operating system, who
have a need for wireless connectivity using ORiNOCO/IEEE PC Cards.
Wireless connectivity within a ORiNOCO infrastructure allows the you, as a user of
the H/PC, to synchronize the unit with the software in your desktop PC, from any
given location within the range of an AP-1000/500I system that has a physical
connection to your desktop PC. You no longer need to return to your desk to get
close to the desktop to synchronize the unit, as the path between the H/PC and the
desktop runs via the ORiNOCO PC Card, the AP-1000/500 systems and the
infrastructure that connects the to the desktop computer.
So far, several vendors have provided an H/PC under Windows CE and, though all
devices have the same operating system, there are differences in implementation,
such as processor type and type of batteries used. These differences may make
the use of the current implementation of ORiNOCO/IEEE in these devices less
trivial, and in some instances, even not possible at all. The minimum HW
requirements are:
•
•
the presence of a type-II PC Card slot
sufficient battery power to drive the ORiNOCO card
The smallest members of this growing family of H/PC devices, for instance, do not
have a full size type-II PC Card slot but merely support type-II compact flash cards,
such as the Casio Cassiopeia E-10/11. Obviously this device cannot support a
ORiNOCO/IEEE PC Card.
Even if these H/PC devices are fitted with a full size type-II PC Card slot, network
adapters such as the ORiNOCO PC Card may not always be supported. In this
bulletin we address some of the issues concerning the use of ORiNOCO in H/PC
devices under Windows CE.
Windows CE versions
Today you will find two major releases of Windows CE on the market:
•
CE 1.0
•
CE 2.0 (CE 2.10 and CE 2.11)
Windows CE 1.0 does not support the networking functions that would allow the use
of LAN device such as the ORiNOCO/IEEE PC Card. Therefore there is no
ORiNOCO support for Windows CE 1.0.
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Using a ORiNOCO/IEEE PC Card under Windows CE 2.0 is possible, but whether
or not the current releases of the ORiNOCO driver run properly depends upon the
type of processor used in the H/PC. See the next section for more information.
Windows CE 2.10 and 2.11 include minor updates to version 2.0, therefore using
the ORiNOCO/IEEE PC Card under these versions is also supported.
Processor types
H/PC devices use on board processors, integrated within their hardware. The most
commonly used processor types that are supported by Windows CE are:
•
ARM (such as the 720T)
•
StrongARM (such as the Digital SA-1100 and the HP Jornada)
•
X86 (such as the AMD 486, AMD Elan and Intel Pentium series)
•
SH3 (such as the Hitachi SH7708)
•
SH4 (such as the Hitachi SH7750)
•
PowerPC (such as the Motorola MPC821)
•
MIPS (such as the NEC VR4xxx series)
Each processor has its own instruction set, and consequently each processor
requires its own driver. ORiNOCO drivers required to drive the ORiNOCO/IEEE PC
Card can be compiled to produce the driver for the specific environment, if a
suitable compiler is available.
So far, Lucent Technologies has provided a ORiNOCO driver for H/PC devices that
run the following processor types:
•
MIPS (R4000 Family)
•
SH3 (only the Hitachi SH7708)
•
SH4 (only the Hitachi SH7750)
•
SA1100 (StrongARM)
•
I486 (X86 family)
In principle the ORiNOCO/IEEE PC Card can be used by all systems that are based
on the processors listed above. However, there may be small differences in
implementation of some of the supporting utilities within a specific product that could
impose a problem. For instance, in some of the systems tested, the setting of the
properties of the ORiNOCO/IEEE PC Card using the control panel was hard to do,
as a result of differences in character sets.
ORiNOCO systems in H/PC devices under Windows CE
Though the above section already shows what processors are required to run the
ORiNOCO driver, only a subset of these H/PC devices have been used during
verification testing. So far ORiNOCO has been tested in the following systems:
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Brand
Model
CE
Processor
Compaq
C series 2010C
2.0
MIPS
HP
Color Palmtop PC HP620LX
2.0
SH3
HP
Jornada 820
2.11
StrongARM
Sharp Electronics
Mobilon TriPad PV-6000
2.11
MIPS (R4000)
NEC
Mobile Gear-II MC-R700
2.11
MIPS
NEC
Mobile Pro 750C
2.0
MIPS
NEC
Mobile Pro 770
2.11
MIPS
In addition, here are some other devices within which you can expect support for
ORiNOCO/IEEE PC Card due to the similarity with versions used during the tests
(all these run Windows CE 2.0).
Brand
Model
Processor
Casio
Cassiopeia A-10 / A-11
SH3
Casio
Cassiopeia A-20
SH3
Compaq
C series 810
MIPS
Compaq
C series 2010c
MIPS
Hitachi
Persona HPW-200JC
SH3
NEC
Mobile Gear MC-R300
MIPS
NEC
Mobile Gear MC-R500
MIPS
NEC
Mobile Pro 770
MIPS
HP
300 Series Palmtop PC
SH3
LG Electronics
Phenom Handheld PC
SH3
Philips Electronics
Velo 500
MIPS
Sharp Electronics
Mobilon TriPad PV-6000
MIPS
Sharp Electronics
Mobilon Pro PV-5000
MIPS
Sharp Electronics
Mobilon HC 4100/4500/4600
MIPS
How to determine the processor type of your H/PC
To determine whether your H/PC contains a processor that can support
ORiNOCO/IEEE PC Cards, do the following:
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1.
Click the Start button on the Windows Taskbar
2.
Click on Settings, then Control Panel
3.
Double click the “System” icon in the Control Panel, which will display the
following window
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Installation and SW distribution
Windows CE devices are typically used in combination with desktop computers
running ‘Windows CE Services’ to transfer data between the desktop computer and
the H/PC device. To use ORiNOCO IEEE 802.11 in your Windows CE device, you
will need to:
1. Use the installation instructions provided by Lucent Technologies to install the
ORiNOCO miniport driver plus the Config files onto the desktop computer. You
can find these instructions in:
ƒ
The ORiNOCO IEEE PC Card User’s Guide (revision B or higher).
ƒ
The Readme.txt file that is included with the ORiNOCO IEEE software for
Windows CE environments (also printed in the appendix of this
document).
The ORiNOCO driver installation tool for Windows CE, will place a runtime
version of the driver in a special “CE Services” sub-directory.
2. Synchronize the H/PC with the desktop computer. This will transfer the
runtime driver from the CE Services sub-directory to the H/PC, and completes
the installation in the device.
3. Change the ORiNOCO parameters (if needed) on the H/PC by activating the
ORiNOCO icon in the Control Panel. This will present the user with the card
properties that can be changed.
For additional information about installing the Windows CE Services, please refer
to:
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The Microsoft Handheld PC Companion booklet
ƒ
The user documentation of your H/PC device.
Miscellaneous issues
Battery-life is critical in using H/PC devices. Therefore users of these systems will
look for ways to minimize battery power consumption. The ORiNOCO/IEEE PC
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Card requires a certain amount of power to execute its operation that may impact
battery-life significantly.
To minimize battery consumption as a result of wireless communication, the user is
recommended to use NiCad re-chargeable batteries, and keep the PC Card out of
the PCMCIA slot when not in use. In future releases, Power Management support
will be available in the driver and the card’s firmware, allowing the user to further
reduce the power consumption when using a ORiNOCO/IEEE PC Card.
Since the PCMCIA controller on most H/PC devices has a slightly different
operation relative to the definition of some signals on the control lines, as compared
to PC Card controllers in notebooks and laptops, the user needs to use a
ORiNOCO/IEEE PC Card with a serial number that is higher than 98UT08333219.
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Appendix
The following text is also provided as the Readme.tx file together with the software:
Readme.txt for installation of ORiNOCO/IEEE driver on WinCE 2.0
===============================================================
The installation consists of the following files :
SETUP.EXE
: Installation file for setup of ORiNOCO/IEEE driver on WinCE.
README.TXT
: This readme.txt file
NETSETUP.EXE :Installation of additional network files for some CE-devices (normally
provided on the installation disk that comes with the H/PC product)
SETUP.EXE
=========
Run this file from the explorer on your desktop or by using the RUN command from the
taskbar. This setup will install all necessary files needed to install the ORiNOCO/IEEE driver
on your WinCE-device. It will install the files into your 'Windows CE Services' directory. The
files will be installed on the CE-Device directly, if already connected, or when the device is
connected onto your desktop.
NETSETUP.EXE
=============
On some CE-devices the networking files are not include on the device. To check this, open
the "ControlPanel" and look for the "Network" icon. If this is missing then the netsetup.exe
should be installed first. This installation will add the 'WinCE 2.0 Additional Network
Components' that may or may not have been pre-installed on the Windows CE 2.0 H/PC. If
your H/PC does not come pre-installed with the network components, they are usually
included with the software shipped with the H/PC. It will install the files into your 'Windows CE
Services' directory. The files will be installed on the CE-Device directly, if already connected,
or when the device is connected onto your desktop. On some device it is necessary the do a
"RESET" of the device. This can be done by the reset button at the bottom of the device.
(Look for this in the WindowsCE manual)
To install the WinCE drivers notice the following:
==================================================
Windows CE version:
-----------------At this moment we support Windows CE 2.0. and Windows CE 2.11
Get type of processor used on CE device:
----------------------------------------Select open "Control Panel" on CE-device, double-click "System Properties" and under
System the device will show which processor is used. At this moment only MIPS and SH3 is
supported.
Version of ORiNOCO/IEEE NIC:
---------------------------The Serial number must be higher than : 98UT08333219. (Serialnumber on label on
the back of the ORiNOCO/IEEE card). This says that the version of the NIC is Variant 1,
Version 1.256 or higher. This information can be shown with Wavemanager/Client on a
desktop machine or laptop.
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Extra NETSETUP.EXE :
-------------------On some devices (like NEC and HP) the networking files are not include on the device. To
check this, open the "Control Panel" and look for the "Network" icon. If this is missing then
the netsetup.exe should be installed first. After this the setup.exe can be installed. On some
device it is necessary the do a "RESET" of the device. This can be done by the reset button
on the underside of the device. (Look for this in the Windows CE manual)
Other ORiNOCO/IEEE cards:
------------------------At this moment OEM cards are not supported directly. After installation of the drivers,
insertion of the card will show "Unknown card detected". It will ask the user for the driver to
be used. Enter WVLAN46.DLL" in the dialogbox and click "OK".
Others:
------On some CE-devices there was another file missing on the CE-device. The file
MFCCE20.DLL was missing. The symptom was that the ORiNOCO icon did not show in the
Control Panel.
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