Palm TX Wi-FI? - page 2

Hello Everyone!! So, I was just accepted to SFSU BSN program (WooHOO!) and I bought a Palm TX because 1.) I've always wanted one and 2.) It seems to be consensus that it's extremely helpful for... Read More

  1. by   elisabeth
    The Sacramento airport has it and I was able to use it without a problem. One of the local colleges has free WiFi as well, but I wasn't close enough to the area on campus where they had it for it to work.
  2. by   CrufflerJJ
    Quote from tyRN2007
    I'm also interested in purchasing the Palm TX. In the review on cnet.com, it says that the battery is not user-replaceable. What does that mean?? I know I can probably charge the Palm everyday when the battery is low, but does that mean when the battery dies out eventually, the Palm TX is no longer usable??
    Thanks!
    It means that it's a sealed unit, and you can't easily get to the battery. I replaced the "not user-replaceable" battery in my Palm Vx, but you've got to use a hot air gun to melt/soften the hot melt adhesive ued to seal the Palm case.

    Google "Palm Vx battery replacement", or "Palm Tx battery replacement".
  3. by   OldPhatMC
    Quote from CrufflerJJ
    It means that it's a sealed unit, and you can't easily get to the battery. I replaced the "not user-replaceable" battery in my Palm Vx, but you've got to use a hot air gun to melt/soften the hot melt adhesive ued to seal the Palm case.

    Google "Palm Vx battery replacement", or "Palm Tx battery replacement".
    Exactly right. One thing that is built into the TX is that it will not erase itself if you recharge it within about a year or two. One thing about the battery though; by the time it goes, the entire TX will be obsolete. In fact, the SD memory card part of the TX is not compatible with the new larger SDHC memory cards. Practically speaking this is NOT an issue, because most of what I carry on my current SD card is mostly junk anyway, but if you want to tote movies with you to work, they're gonna be short

    I've had four Palm units: each one has been replaced because the new boxes are more powerful and the software needed the added hardware zowie.

    So, I wouldn't worry too much about battery replacement. Since it's so darn easy to migrate Palm to Palm, and the cash out-of-pocket is so small, its a good idea to consider doing the upgrade when the battery dies. If you want to stand pat, then it is feasible to change out the battery as above. Heck, I've changed a few iPod batteries (okay, they're easier than the TX). Any one who can start a scalp line in a preemie should be able to do it with a little study.

    Enjoy.


    OldPhatMC sends.
  4. by   OldPhatMC
    Quote from ruby vee
    panera's wireless is free, unlike starbucks. it is inconsistent, though. some days i have no trouble getting on it, and other times i just can't. the hospital i was in last year for my back surgery had free wireless for "guests", and some hotels do as well. sometimes i pull out the tx just to check for wireless connections in the area -- many malls have it.
    the trick to the panera bread wireless (and any other balky connection) is to open the browser first and make sure that you acknowledged their terms of service. sometimes it sticks, sometimes it takes two tries. if you open email first, it won't work because you've not signed off on the tos.

    if that doesn't work, i turn the wi-fi off, have that german chocolate thing they sell, then turn it back on and try the browser again. sometimes the router has a wi-fi migraine and trying again gets you back on after a 60 second/500 calorie wait.
  5. by   HM2VikingRN
    Quote from jewelsg627
    So I am still feeling kinda stupid:

    Why, if WiFi uis free and I don't need buy anything to use it, does it say (under the comparison chart for the PDA's on Palm.com)

    "Requires proximity to Wi-Fi access point, sold separately. May also require additional service plans, sold separately"

    ????

    What does that mean?!?!?!

    Also - someone at my work said I needed a WiFI account to be able to connect to the internet via my Palm. True??
    No you don't need a WIFI account. Just click on web and scan for connection spots. You do sometimes need to ask for passwords from the business.

    Some Places with free WIFI:
    BW3
    Some places on state university campuses (eg at Mankato state there is no signup needed in the union while in the library you need your student account information entered to access web services.)
    Green Mill Restaurant
    St Mary's Hosp Rochester MN
    North Memorial Robbinsdale
    Holiday Inns
    Many coffee shops do have free hotspots. (They are betting that you will buy a 3 dollar latte :spin: )

    Sometimes you have to get an access code from the desk.

    I use my PDA for quick browsing. Graphics intensive sites can be difficult to read.

    One warning about the TX, I find that web use is a real battery drain so you might want to carry your ac adapter if you are going to be away from home for an extended period. (The TX does charge through the hotsync cable so you can carry just the adapter and leave your sync cable attached to your home pc. In other words they don't have to be used together as they have separate functions.)

    Sometimes you find out that your neighbors have wifi networks that you can in effect use. If you have a WIFI network in your house you can jump on but you have to enter security settings.
  6. by   OldPhatMC
    Quote from HM2Viking
    No you don't need a WIFI account. Just click on web and scan for connection spots. You do sometimes need to ask for passwords from the business.
    /snip/
    comment: This is a really great list of sites with free wi-fi...
    /endsnip/

    Sometimes you find out that your neighbors have wifi networks that you can in effect use. If you have a WIFI network in your house you can jump on but you have to enter security settings.
    One comment about using a private individual's wi-fi access. In some states it may be illegal to do so without permission. If you detect a neighbor's signal, ask first.

    I use my existing home wi-fi and internet with my T|X and it works great. I would hope everyone with home wi-fi is on either password or MAC address security. The book Wireless Home Networking for Dummies (Hurley and Ferris, 2006) is a good choice for explaining that.

    There are so many places to get free wi-fi, it is easier to ask "where do you go to use the wi-fi?" and tell you what they have. For me, the three places I will need to have an account are Starbucks, Borders, and airports. Other than that, I legally don't pay for wi-fi.


    Okayfine?
    Oldphatmc sends.
  7. by   HM2VikingRN
    Quote from OldPhatMC
    One comment about using a private individual's wi-fi access. In some states it may be illegal to do so without permission. If you detect a neighbor's signal, ask first.

    Oldphatmc sends.
    Thanks for clarifying that! My neighbor has his network secured (and I have my own internet access TYVM) but my observation was more about how you can find out who is a technonerd in your neighborhood using your TX.

    Having wifi built into your pda can be a lifesaver!
  8. by   fishchick72
    I went back to panera, I can browse the web there, but cannot get my versa mail to work there............
  9. by   HM2VikingRN
    WIFI hotspot locater
    http://forbes.anchorfree.com/

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