|Unfortunately, this is a very common problem, with the net full of people who have purchased one of the many affordable netbooks (eg from China) which run on windows CE. As I have just solved this problem myself - after months of trying - I am happy to try and help out by giving a few details. This description is fairly long and involved, so please bear with me as I do my best to explain the various settings that you have to check.|
First, you need to check what version of Win CE you have on your netbook. The latest generally available version is 6.0. If you have an earlier version, you will need to upgrade to version 6 before you will be able to get anywhere (how to upgrade via a flash drive is a whole other issue - if you need to do this - let me know).
If you have win CE 6.0, the easiest way to proceed is to have available another computer that is already accessing the internet via your modem/router. This is great for checking purposes, as some of the details get very technical, but are easy to check if you have another computer that is accessing OK. (I am assuming that this computer is Windows based - if it isn't I can't help you - sorry).
You then need to establish what exactly your problem is on your CE netbook. Most people find that they can wirelessly connect to their modem from the netbook (ie they associate) and that the connection icon at the bottom of the netbook screen says everything is OK. However, trying to use the net just results in a DNS error ie server not found. Basically, this means that (somewhere !!) the settings on the netbook are not quite correct, so the internet link won't work. This is where comparison to another computer that is accessing the net can help a lot.
Now you need to check the netbook settings. Firstly, there is built in wireless connectrivity which appears as an icon saying 'wi fi power'. If you need wireless access double click on the icon and make sure that a button labelled 'turn off' appears. If it does, the wi fi access is turned on and you are OK. Clicking on it will reset the switch and the button will then read 'turn on' (which means wireless access is currently off).
Next, check down the bottom of the screen and check the status of the networking icons - one is for a wireless connection and the other is for a wired or Ethernet connection. When you click on these icons a window with 'IP information" will appear. The names of these connections will be different. On my chinese CE netbook these are called 'RT28701' for the wireless connection and 'GETCE6B1' for the Ethernet connection. Now check the status of these icons ie is the wireless connection showing as OK, or is there a red cross through it (as there would be for the ethernet connection). For most people, RT28701 shows as OK, but the internet cannot be accessed. You should double check by clicking on the wireless icon, and then clicking on the tab called 'wireless information' in the window that appears. It should show the name of your modem/routern as a network, the status should say connected, and (hopefully) the signal strength will be good. Now comes the crucial part - RIGHT CLICK on the name of your modem router and a selection box will appear that says 'connect; configure; and delete'. Click on the 'configure' option
and look closely at the settings that appear. The network name will appear at the top of the window. Underneath it, make sure that the box that says 'this is an ad hoc network... 'is NOT ticked. Details of the wireless network key (WEP) are then shown. Because you are using windows to set up the wireless connection (the default on netbooks) the details listed here MUST MATCH those for your modem router. This is where checking on your other computer for these settings is a HUGE HELP - especially for those (like me) who get a headache when trying to understand the tech side of networking. In my case, these settings were - encryption - WEP; authentication- open. (Yes I know this is not so good from a security point of view, but I want the thing to work first - then I will worry about security). Make sure that the box that says 'The key is provided automatically' is NOT ticked. Now you need to know the network key that has been set up for your particular modem/router. For most of us this is the default key that came with the router, and is usually printed on the modem near the serial number and/or is freely available on the internet. If you have set up your own key, I hope you wrote it down! You then enter this key in the 'network key' box. In my case, my router has 802.1x authenication (most modems these days do) so that box is ticked. My EAP type is then set as ''TLS'. It is then a good idea to click on 'properties'and make sure that the box 'validate server' is NOT ticked. Then click OK to come back to the desktop. The next step is to go to the start menu, and select settings, network and dial up connection. A window will appear showing all the network connection types that are on the netbook. These have all been preloaded as part of the operating system and read from left to right as: make a new connection; ADSL; Activesync; 3G modem; RT28701; and GETCE6B1. Activesync is for directly connecting your netbook to your main PC; 3G is for using the mobile phone network, and the other two are our old friends - the wireless connection and the ethernet connection. Click on the RT28701 icon and a settings screen will appear. Make sure that the box 'obtain an IP address via DHCP' IS SELECTED. (There are very few modems in the market today which would not have this ability). Then check the 'Name servers'' tab and make sure that all the fields are blank. Click Ok and then follow the same procedure for the GETCE6B1 (ethernet) connection. Click OK to store the settings when you are done.
Take heart - we are almost there !!!!! The next step is to check and see if the Ethernet connection is working. First, RESET BOTH THE ROUTER AND THE NETBOOK BY TURNING THEN OFF AND THEN ON AGAIN. This is important, because it is often necessary to do this to ensure that the changes you have made have been recognised by both the netbook and the router. Be prepared to do this several times during this final phase, if you encounter problems. Now plug your Ethernet cable into the back of the netbook and into one of the free ports on the back of your router (the yellow cable). If you now reset both netbook and modem/router then you should be able to click on the internet explorer icon and your home page should appear !!!!!!!
You can now reset both again, and this time don't connect the cable. Make sure your wi fi power is set to on and you should now be able to click on the internet explorer option and surf away.
I hope all this helps - good luck.