Wi-Fi Comes to the Treo 650

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When the Treo 650 debuted, many users were unhappy that it didn’t support palmOne’s Wi-Fi SD card.

However, a resourceful developer who calls himself shadowmite has found a way to let palmOne’s latest smartphone use this wireless networking card.

While this is good news for Treo 650 users, shadowmite’s driver has a significant drawback. While it is installed, the Treo 650 is no longer able to make a cellular-wireless connection to the Internet. The Treo 650’s phone features still operate, though.

The only way to return regular Internet access is to totally un-install shadowmite’s driver, which requires hard resetting the device. For those who really, really want Wi-Fi on their Treo 650, it’s possible to keep the drivers on an SD card, install them when they are to be used, then hard reset and restore the device from a backup.

This driver works only with the palmOne Wi-Fi SD card, not any of the Wi-Fi SD cards from SanDisk. It also works only with the Treo 650, not the Treo 600.

Those who are still interested can find the driver and installation instructions on this web site.

This driver is free, but those who would like to donate money can do so though this email address.

shadowmite is well aware of the limitations of this software, and is going to work on a way to make the hard reset unnecessary. However, at this point he isn’t sure if it’s possible.

Thanks to TreoCentral for the tip..

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