Juniper Networks Odyssey Access Client

March 02, 2007

WiFi support in Windows Mobile is horrible. I received an HP hx2495 recently, and I simply could not connect it to an encrypted wireless network, either at work or at home. I doubt it was anything wrong with the access points or a configuration issue; I’m very familiar with wireless security, and tried pretty much every possible configuration except for WEP.

Anyway, it so happens HP ships Odyssey Access Client on the extras CD with their higher-end line of PDAs. After finding and installing it, I had zero problems. WiFi at work and at home connected fine on the first try, even after enabling the highest security settings (WPA2 AES) on my access point. That’s surprising; even many PC laptops can’t do WPA2 reliably.

Odyssey Access Client is now owned by Juniper; you can find it here. Licenses are $50, but the cost is worth it, and I’m not aware of any other real competitor.

Marc Charbonneau is a mobile software engineer in Portland, OR. Want to reply to this article? Get in touch on Twitter @mbcharbonneau.