Palm III Connection - IrCOMM
Rui Oliveira wrote: "This is just to let you know that with the
latest IrCOMM patch (050998) of Takahide Higuchi, I managed to
HotSync and establish a PPP connection between my Palm III and my
Linux box. I'm using IRLink (from IsComplete) to redirect the
serial port to ir. Communication with pilot-xfer
(available from the "pilot-link" package at
flawlessly. Although I was able to establish a PPP connection, I'm
still unable to fetch mail and do Web browsing. This is probably
due to connection time-outs. I am checking this out. Please see
for further information about PPP.
I managed to establish an apparently robust connection between
my Linux box and a Palm III. The pppd invocation I use is as
/usr/sbin/pppd /dev/ircomm0 57600 192.168.2.10:192.168.2.11
proxyarp passive silent persist noauth local nodetach
Over the PPP connection I used ping,
ssh, and HTTP.
Strange is however the fact that discovery must be enabled (maybe
obsolete) . Otherwise, even with an active IrCOMM connection, the
link goes down due to a IrLAP disconnect.
The pilot-link tools (used for Linux/Palm synchronization) also
ran flawlessly over IrCOMM via
There are also reports about kpilot, though not working as
flawlessly as pilot-xfer.
Jon Howell wrote: "I thought I'd try IrCOMM, since the Palm III
can be made to reroute serial info to the IR port (using IrLink
from IS/Complete, available at
, and then you can run a terminal program (like PalmTelnet in serial mode) over
IrDA. I can only assume it's using the IrCOMM protocol. I've
tested this configuration between two Palm Pilots, but of course I
can't know what the protocol running over the IR is."
(1) Start HotSync on your Palm. You need the
IrDA upgrade for the
Palm to have IrCOMM support
(2) Place the Palm in front of the dongle.
(3) Start pilot-xfer -p /dev/ircomm0 -s <sync-dir> .
And if you are lucky it will start syncing. If you start
pilot-xfer before you start HotSync on the Pilot, you will _not_
Maybe a terminal program like PalmTerm or
(a former version of this HOWTO referred to it as MTerm)
is also useful.
Wessel de Roode wrote: The Palmpilot is default locked on 57k. You can
however if you write your own software for the Pilot, use the 115k
line settings. I quote a part from the irlib.h:
---------- irlib.h from the SDK 3.0 from palmpilot -----
// Options values for IrOpen
#define irOpenOptBackground 0x80000000 // Unsupported background task use
#define irOpenOptSpeed115200 0x0000003F // sets max negotiated baud rate
#define irOpenOptSpeed57600 0x0000001F // default is 57600
#define irOpenOptSpeed9600 0x00000003
Peter Pregler reported: If the Palm enters the range of the
irda-device a popup appears with the text "Transmission: waiting for
Ron Choy answered: There is a software called
that is supposed to help with this problem of annoying popup I haven't
tried it but it looks like it would fix your problem.