Corsoft has announced Plug2Net, an accessory/software combination that allows users of any Palm OS device to have access to the Internet, even if the device is not wireless-capable or if a wireless device user has traveled outside the carrier’s network area.
The Plug2Net solution has two parts: an infrared adapter that plugs into the USB port of a Windows PC or a serial interface, and the Plug2Net desktop software.
From any Internet-connected Windows PC, users can download the Plug2Net desktop software from Corsoft’s Web site and be able to access email, browse the Web, or manage corporate data using infrared beaming or serial interface. The pass-through connection via the desktop software essentially acts as the mobile devices’ Internet Service Provider.
Cell phone users with Internet access and non-wireless handhelds can use either a serial or infrared interface with their phone and the Plug2Net software to create a connection. The application provides one-tap connection to most cellular carriers in the US, and also includes a custom configuration option.
The Plug2Net USB adapter is only 1.8 inches long, 0.7 inches wide, and 0.3 inches thick. It includes a retractable cable.
The entire solution is available now from Corsoft for $99.95, and also includes one year of the company’s Aileron mail service (normally $49.95).
A Bluetooth version of the Plug2Net adapter is currently in developement and is expected to be available soon. For more information or online purchase, visit the Corsoft web site.