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Availbility of the HPC:Factor Generic Infrared Modem Driver


Generic Infrared Modem Driver

All Handheld PC devices are equipped with a IrDA standard Infrared port. With the HPC:Factor Generic Infrared modem driver for Windows CE 2.0 and Handheld PC Professional you can turn your Cellular (Mobile) phone into a mobile Internet, e-mail and fax solution.

The driver is compatible with a wide range of Infrared equipped mobile phones that are on the market. If the phone supports it, you will be able to make use of GSM, GPRS and 3G data transmissions using the mobile phone as the modem.
All Internet application software for your Windows CE Handheld PC including Pocket Internet Explorer Internet Browser, Pocket Outlook, Instant Messaging applications such as Imov and Portrait. Many phones can also support the transmission of Fax data using bFax or KSE TrueFax.

Compatible Phones

HPC:Factor has tested the IrDA driver with as many phones as we have been able to. However we still need your help in testing and with feedback!
If you've used the driver successfully, or unsuccessfully with a phone then we would very much like to hear from you. Please contact us with the details and we will add the information to the HCL for the benefit of the entire community.

You can see a list of all know compatible phones in the HPC:Factor Handheld PC Hardware Compatibility List (HCL).

System Requirements

The driver is for Windows CE 2.0 and Handheld PC Professional (Windows CE 2.10, 2.11, 2.12) devices. Some Handheld PC 2000 based Handheld PC's will already support the use of Infrared equipped mobile phones using a Microsoft Generic driver or OEM Driver.
The HPC:Factor driver should work under all versions of Windows CE except 1.0, however has not been tested on other platforms.

  • Windows CE 2.0, 2.10, 2.11, 2.12, 3.0, 4.1, 4.2
  • SH3, SH4, MIPS, StrongARM, XScale, x86
  • Infrared Equipped Mobile Phone using the IrDA protocol
  • A Data enabled account from your Provider (e.g. O2, Vodaphone, Verizon, NTT Do Co Mo)
  • A Dial-up account with an Internet Service Provider (ISP)
  • Less than 1KB of Storage Memory


There are 5 downloads of the current version of the HPC:Factor Generic IrDA Modem Driver available.
Most devices will have Infrared COMM (IrCOMM) port resources assigned to COM3. So users should download GenIrDA COM3 in the majority of cases.

For devices where the first available IrCOMM resource means assignment to a higher COM number (Such as the NEC MobilePro 900C which uses COM6).
Users who remain uncertain should download the GenIrDA Universal package, which include driver settings on COM assignments 3 through 6.

Generic IrDA Modem Driver


  1. Download the Generic IrDA driver file below directly to your H/PC
  2. Upload the Cabinet file (.cab) to your Handheld PC via ActiveSync
  3. Double tap the GenIrDA.cab file to begin the Installation
  4. If prompted please accept the default Installation Directory
  5. Once the installation is complete please Soft Reset your Handheld PC

After you have Soft Reset you must configure your Dial-up connection to use the Infrared Modem Driver. To do this:

  • Start > Programs > Communications > Remote Networking


Run the Make New Connection Wizard if you wish to create a new connection

  1. Type a Name for the Connection and select Dial-Up Connection from the Connection Type area
  2. On the Modem Screen from the Drop Box choose 'Generic Infrared Modem on COM3:'
  3. Complete the Wizard as normal

Modify an Existing Connection

  1. Select the connection you wish to modify
  2. Tap the File menu and select Properties
  3. On the Modem Screen from the Drop Box choose 'Generic Infrared Modem on COM3:'

Uninstalling the IrDA driver

The HPC:Factor IrDA driver can be uninstalled from Remove Programs in the Windows CE Control Panel. Please Soft Reset your Device to complete the removal of the driver.