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Infrared communications between a PC and 3c/3mx/Siena

When I first got my Siena 1mb, there were lots of files and programs I wanted to copy to it. Since I already had PsiWin 1.0 and a 3-Link cable which I used with my 3a, I wasn't looking forward to spending another 80 UK Pounds for PsiWin 1.1 and a new cable! Havinf access to a Dell laptop with a built in infrared port, I wanted to know, "How can I use my existing software and the IR port on the Siena to communicate with the laptop?". Well, Jeffrey Ha and Richard Teel kindly stepped in to help me. Since the solution is so useful, I've made a web page of instructions!

UPDATED!!! EPOC users (Series 5/5mx/Geofox-One) can also connect via InfraRed to their PCs. Although I won't go into the details here as this is really a 3c/3mx/Siena page, you may like to check out Martin Guthrie's and Tim Richardson's resources on the subject.

Please note: This page and these instructions are Copyright Phil Spencer 1998-2001. No repuplication or quotation is allowed without my specific permission.

Firstly, if you have PsiWin 1.0, you may be interested to know you can get an upgrade to the PsiWin 1.1 software for free. This also has the added bonus of being Year 2000 compliant. You can download it right now by clicking going to Psion's Web Site

Before you start anything, please make sure you have these items:

The reason we specified a "built in port" is simple - we have not been able to get this process working with an external IR port yet. If you have already used an external IR port to transfer files between your 3c/3mx/Siena and PC, please mail me with the details so I can update this page accordingly. Thanks!

The Step-by-Step Guide

The key to success is a small string of text just 7 characters long...

  1. Open up and turn on your 3c/3mx/Siena, move to the System screen.
  2. Press Psion+L or use the menu to get into the "Communications" dialog.
  3. Set the "Use" option to "Serial cable"
  4. Set the "Baud rate" to the highest value which is supported by both your Psion and PC IR port. (Tip: If you have a lot of trouble getting the connection to work later on, try 19200 as the speed, and then if that still doesn't help, come down some more)
  5. Now, move down to the "Extra parameters" option. This is where that clever little 7 character string comes in! Enter the following very carefully:
    This tells the Psion to make the IR port behave like a serial port. Any infrared signals the Psion sends will be converted into serial data, thus allowing you to "fool" a PC into thinking your Psion's IR port is really a serial port!
  6. Press "Enter" to confirm the dialog, and the tiny link sign should appear in the Status Window (If you don't have this window showing all the time, press Psion+Menu which will switch the window on for about 5 seconds and allow you to check).

    If this is the first time you're using the IR connection, follow the next 4 steps. If not, just skip them...

  7. Load up the Psion Manager from PsiWin and watch the connection box!
  8. Generally, connection does not occur on the first try, but keep clicking "Retry" and it will connect eventually. Usually, all works fine after only 2 or 3 attempts.
Basically that's it! By now, you should be well on the way to IR communications between your 3c/3mx/Siena and PC. There is one more useful point to note though:
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