Neo 1973 and Windows
This page tries to collect some information on how to use your Neo1973 together with a computer running a Microsoft(R) Windows(TM) series operating system.
Please note that this is not really supported, and that the OpenMoko developers themselves only use Linux for testing.
Also note that Windows appears to not recognize and communicate with the neo as a USB device unless you install the .inf file below, and hence you will always have to force fast charge to recharge using a usb connection to a Windows machine unless you install that .inf.
Connecting to the phone
How to connect to Windows XP via Bluetooth is described here: Manually_using_Bluetooth#Bluetooth_networking_with_a_Windows_XP_system
USB Ethernet emulation
|NOTE: For Windows XP USB RNDIS networking finally works as of Kernel 220.127.116.11-moko11 using the procedure described below.|
|NOTE: For Vista this procedure works with the 2.6.24 kernel that ships with the Neo Freerunner. The initial SSH connection seems a little slow however.|
- Download http://privat.wmo.de/~c_schweers/NeoRndis.inf (Listing of NeoRndis.inf) to somewhere convenient on your Windows machine. If the file is not reachable, you can download another working inf file here: http://users.informatik.uni-halle.de/~rabe/neo/Neo1973.inf (Listing of Neo1973.inf)
- Power up your Neo1973, let it boot into OpenMoko, and then connect its USB port to the Windows machine, using a standard USB-A to USB-mini-B cable. Note that if you connect the cable before powering the phone on, Windows will detect a device presented by the boot loader. This probably isn't what you want. Let the phone power up first.
- Assuming the new drivers have been installed as above, Windows should detect the Neo1973 and prompt you for a driver for a "RNDIS/Ethernet Gadget". Select to specify your own driver, and then choose the NeoRndis.inf file you downloaded earlier. This file tells Windows XP to use its own built-in RNDIS driver for the device.
- Windows may complain of "reduced network connectivity". This is because it expects to be able to get an address automatically from the Neo1973 and it doesn't provide one in the default setup. To fix this, see the next step.
- Go into the Windows network configuration for the new USB networking adapter and set the IP address of the interface to 192.168.0.200.
You should now be able to connect to your Neo1973 on 192.168.0.202 via ssh (e.g. putty)
Getting a BSOD in windows XP? Some extra drivers are automatically installed with new devices (e.g. "SecureRemoteMiniPort"). Try disabling them in the device manager while the Neo is not connected. You need to select "Show hidden devices" in the view menu to see them. Then reconnect the Neo.
Connection to the Internet
If you want to connect to the internet from your Neo via Windows XP, e.g. for doing ipkg update/upgrade, you need to set up IP forwarding and routing properly.
Option 1, using Windows ICS
An easy way to do this is to bridge the USB and Ethernet networks together (Win XP).
To do this, you need to create a network bridge which contains the usb connection to the Neo and your normal Ethernet connection (the one you use to go on the internets).
Then you set up the bridge like your Ethernet was (DHCP or static IP, e.g. 10.10.0.foo) and the Neo to be in the same subnet as the bridge (10.10.0.bar)
After you have done all this, the Neo will be able to route through the Windows machine out to the internet. DNS queries will also be proxied by the Windows machine. Of course, /etc/resolv.conf on the Neo needs to be set to your local DNS or a free DNS.
Option 2, using AnalogX
AnalogX is a lightweight, free network proxy for Windows. It can proxy HTTP, FTP, SMTP and other protocols. It's very easy to set up and works with any software on the phone that supports proxies (eg. opkg).
- Download and install AnalogX onto your Windows PC (http://www.analogx.com)
- Run AnalogX. The default configuration should be ok: open mode, all protocols on.
- Connect your phone using the USB cable as normal.
- Configure opkg to use the proxy by editing /etc/opkg/opkg.conf. There's 2 lines to uncomment and change.
- opkg should now work via the proxy.
Other apps like Minimo can also be configured to use a proxy. Use the HTTP proxy URL as above.
Option 3, using IP Forwarding and extra routing
An alternative way is to do it manually:
In the Windows registry, go to:
REG_DWORD: "IPEnableRouter" to "1"
Be aware that IP Forwarding can be a security risk.
Then, if there is a router between your Windows XP system and the internet, you also need to tell the router how to get back to your Neo, so you need to set a route on it for 192.168.0.0/255.255.255.0 to your Windows XP LAN interface IP address. Windows will then forward the packets to the Neo.