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Overview of the Linksys WPC11 on the Handheld PC


Applies To

  • Windows CE 2.0, SP1
  • Windows CE 2.11 (Handheld PC Pro)
  • Windows CE 3.0 (Handheld PC 2000)
  • Linksys WPC11 v1, v2.5, v3, v4


Linksys have issued new drivers for the WPC11 range of Wireless Network Interface Cards (NIC) to support the Handheld PC class of Windows CE Mobile Device.

This article is an addendum to CESDH0006 which provided details of how to crack the Pocket PC 2000 drivers to work under HPC2000.



Linksys have posted updated drivers for all three generations of the WPC11 Wireless LAN Card. These drivers have been written to provide specific functionality to the Handheld PC.

The WPC11 v4 card cannot be use in conjunction with Windows CE. Linksys have chosen to use a different wireless chipset in the device, changing the driver compatibility. The v4 card also operates on a bus of 32-bit's (Cardbus) wide. HPC devices can only support 16-bit (PCMCIA) cards.

The advantage of using these drivers over the existing crack are:

  • The drivers are supported by Linksys
  • Windows CE 2.0 and 2.11 (HPC Pro) drivers have also been written
  • The drivers allow for the use of Ad Hoc Peer-to-Peer connections as well as infrastructure connections

Three different drivers have been made available for download.

Alternative driver versions for the 2.5 and 3.0 generation WPC11 chipset and cards have been made available. Select the required model number from the CESD download centre to begin the download.

If none of the three drivers work please see CESDH0006 for information on performing the Pocket PC 2000 driver crack

As a result of Linksys posting drivers for Windows CE the WPC11 has been entered into the HCL as compatible with HPC2000.
If you have any further information on the compatibility of the WPC11 with Handheld PC devices please get in touch contact