Handheld Pocket PC Terminology
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If you are new to using mobile devices such as handheld pocket PCs you will find it useful to become familiar with the following terms.

ActiveSync

The Microsoft program that manages synchronisation between your mobile device and you desktop computer.

Baud Rate

The speed at which a modem or serial connection transmits data

Cable Connection

A communications method by which you use a cable to connect your mobile device to another device.

Compact Flash Card

A modem, network, or storage card that you plug into your mobile device.

COM port

A serial communications port used to connect a device, such as a modem, printer, or mobile device, to your desktop computer.

Connection

The ability to interact with another device, computer, network, or the Internet by means of a serial cable, infrared, modem, or network card.

Cradle

Hardware provided by your mobile device manufacturer that is connected via a serial cable to your desktop computer. The device is placed in the cradle to connect to your desktop computer.

Desktop Computer

A personal computer running Microsoft Windows to which you connect your mobile device.

External Modem

A stand-alone modem that is connected by a serial cable to a desktop computer or mobile device.

Infrared (IR) Connection

A communications method by which you connect your mobile device to another device (such as another mobile device, your desktop computer, or a printer) using the IR ports on each device.

Mobile Device

A small computer running Microsoft Windows CE.

Modem Card

A card that you plug into your mobile device to connect to a phone line.

Modem Connection

A connection between your mobile device and a remote computer or network that is established using a modem installed on your device.

PC Card

A modem, network, or storage card that you plug into your mobile device. This card conforms to the PCMCIA specification.

Remote Connection

Any connection that connects your mobile device to a remote computer or network. Typically, a remote connection is established using a modem or network (Ethernet) connection.

Remote Networking

A communications program located on the mobile device used to create, store, and establish modem connections to remote computers and networks.

Reset

The process that causes your device to restart. For more information, see your device manufacturer's documentation.

Serial Cable

A cable provided by your manufacturer to connect your mobile device to your desktop computer through a COM port.

USB Cable - Universal Serial Bus Cable

A cable provided by your manufacturer to connect your mobile device to your desktop computer through a universal serial bus.

Windows CE

An operating system specially designed for mobile devices. Windows CE is similar to other Microsoft Windows operating systems.

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