QUOTE(kmoney @ Apr 5 2005, 12:00 AM)
Ok then, is there any way at all to get 802.11b networking WITHOUT using the CF slot? Can't use the sd cuz it's not sdio right? Is there anything that could do so thru the zaurus usb-client plug, since the aircable seems to provide bluetooth connectivity in this manner?
there's nothing you can do to get 802.11b off the zaurus connector.
the aircable works by plugging into the serial port circuitry and shows up on the z as it's basic internal serial port. instead of the traditional cable, you have a direct bluetooth connection to another device using the standard bluetooth serial profile. all the bt stuff is handled internally on the aircable and not presented to the zaurus.
you can't (afaik) use an aircable to connect to a pan device, or to transfer files via obex because the bluetooth stack is embedded in the device
also, many bluetooth chipsets are serial based, when plugged into the system they appear as a serial port (most pcmcia/cf cards work this way) and the bluetooth stack for linux can handle them. tdk made a serial port bluetooth device for regular computers that worked like this i think.
but 802.11b is a different beast. i've not seen an 802.11b controller that could operate as a usb host or via a serial interface. well, short of basically a full system
if you're z has a usb-host port, you're in a better position. my own experience with
802.11b usb adapters has been horribly painful, and i'd much rather use it for a pocket hdd and leave my wifi card in the z.
if you're not looking for a pocket-sized solution, you could take an older laptop with a good battery and carry it around in your bag as a portable access point and mount the drive over wifi
there's at least one company out there that sells an external drive enclosure with wifi built in too (you'd have to provide your own battery)
too bad 802.11 can't connect to multiple access points, or you could really have some fun with that!