WMWifiRouter for Windows Mobile Smartphones
|WMWifiRouter for Windows Mobile Smartphones|
|Configuration, Setting and Testing|
Consumers today demand information on the go and that is where the Smartphone comes in. Microsoft has pushed big into this market and many large companies have jumped on the bandwagon offering Windows Mobile as the phones operating system of choice. These phones have pretty impressive capabilities but often times the cellular carrier will disable features and cripple their phones making you more dependent upon pay-per-use services and thus filling their pockets.
A few months back I picked up an HTC S640 Windows Mobile 6 Smartphone from Telus and I was eager to play around with this phone and enjoy the EVDO Rev.A connection. It worked okay as a standalone unit, but I wanted to capitalize on the "Use as a High Speed Modem for Laptop Internet Access". Unfortunately, Telus - like many other carriers has disabled Internet Connection Sharing so that this is not readily available even though it is advertised. After following a quick guide, I was able to share my connection through a cable, but what if someone else wanted to use the network for a bit? This is where it became painfully irritating - at least until I found WMWifiRouter by Morose Media.
SoltoN pointed me in the direction of this software and after the trial version expired, I gave the company a call to see if they would extend my license so I could play around with it a little more. Morose Media came through and WMWifiRouter is now one of my favorite things.
About Morose Media:
Morose Media is a young dynamic company based in the Netherlands. Founded two years ago by IT veteran Jorrit Jongma and seasoned designer Werner van Alphen as a webdesign company, it has quickly grown into a full solution provider, providing complete internet solutions, custom software development and maintenance, video and animation production and editing, and consulting services.
What is WMWifiRouter?
WMWifiRouter instantly turns a compatible Windows Mobile phone with wifi into a wireless internet hotspot. No longer do you need an expensive PCMCIA card with an expensive separate data subscription, to get online with your laptop and other devices, like the iPod Touch. But applications can range from working online no matter where you are, to emergency internet access for companies in case the power goes down. WMWifiRouter has taken the internet by storm and in only a couple of months has already been downloaded over 100,000 times.
First Things First:
In order to get this software to work, you have to have a compatible device, or at the very least be able to enable ICS on your phone. Below is a clip from the guide I found over at Howard forums. The guide was written for the Samsung Blackjack II, but the HTC S640 Iris works exactly the same in this regard.
- Download the package which contains the two files: BJ.WM6.ICS.Enable.cab and secpolicies.cab
- Transfer both of the files to the "My Documents" folder on the phone. Do not copy to your storage card FYI.
- Install the secpolicies.cab file but using File Explorer located in the Applications folder. Reboot.
- Install the BJ.WM6.ICS.Enable.cab file using File Explorer located in the Applications folder. Reboot.
- Using File Explorer located in the Applications folder navigate to the "My Documents" folder and click on the Certs.cab file and reboot.
After following these simple steps "Internet Application Sharing" should now be visible within the Start Menu of the phone. Connect the phone to a laptop or desktop computer using the provided USB cable, launch the application and press connect. Your computer should now be online using the 3G or Edge services from the Blackjack II.
After your phone is ready, simply install the WMWifiRouter package and you're pretty much ready to go. The package installed quickly and put a new icon on my quick launch bar.
It's almost that simple. On the next page we'll cover some of the features and configuration settings that I found to offer the best performance and battery life on the HTC S640.