Advanced Connectivity Options in WP7

August 19, 2011, By Christian Cawley

Windows Phone 7 features various connectivity options for accessing Wi-Fi networks, mobile Internet, Bluetooth and even your PC, but did you know that there are additional, hidden settings that you can use?

Clearly without these options connecting to certain networks would be tricky, but it is useful to know where you can find these additional network configuration settings, and as with the rest of the Windows Phone user interface they’re very easy to use.

Note that these are not settings that you should access if you’re not certain about how connections are made with Wi-Fi networks or how your phone connects to the mobile Internet. These are advanced settings for experienced users only.

Advanced Connectivity Options in Windows Phone 7

Finding Advanced Connection Settings in Windows Phone 7

There are two types of advanced connection settings that you can use in Windows Phone 7, both available via the Settings menu.

The first are the WiFi settings, which can be configured to allow some interesting options, useful for connected to corporate or highly secure networks.

The second connection type is via the Mobile network settings, where new APNs (Access Point Names) can be added to enhance your choice of mobile Internet connectivity.

As stated above, these options are not for the faint-hearted.

Configuring Advanced Wireless Settings in Windows Phone 7

By opening the WiFi menu and activating wireless networking, you will soon find a wireless network to connect to. After entering the password for the network, you can tap and hold the connection name to open the context menu. Select Edit to view the additional options, which includes updating the password and setting up a proxy (this is done via a common Windows Phone on/off switch).

When activated, you can add a server address or URL and port number into the Proxy fields, while the Proxy authentication section can be toggled on or off depending on whether a username and password is required or not.

Additionally, you can check your phone’s IP address. As long as the device is connected to a dynamic network then you will not be able to edit any of these details, but if you are using a wireless network with static IP addresses then you will be able to specify your device IP here.

Advanced Mobile Internet Settings

In the Mobile Network screen you will be find that there are options for enabling and disabling data and 3G connections to your carrier’s mobile Internet, along with choices for roaming options and network selections.

What you might not have noticed is the Add APN button at the bottom of the screen. This is ideal if you change your mobile phone provider or purchase a SIM card for use abroad.

All you need to do is tap the button, enter the new APN (often in the form of mobile.carriernamehere.com) and the required username and password and then tap the Done button. A few moments later the new APN will be assigned and you will be able to use this new connection for your mobile Internet use.

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