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How to copy files between you computer and iPaq using the Bluetooth File Transfer
Posted on 11-Sep-2003 20:12 | Tags Filed under: Articles


In this article we show how to configure and use Bluetooth to copy files between your desktop or notebook to another computer.

We used a desktop running Windows 2000 Pro with a TDK USB Bluetooth (version 1.4.2.1) as a server. The client is a HP iPaq H3970 running Windows Mobile 2003.

Check out other Geekzone Bluetooth Guides for more step-by-step pages!

This guide is based on Windows 2000 machines. The dialogs for Windows XP might be a little different, but the configuration will be the same.

First, we have to configure the folder wher Bluetooth will store the files copied. Right-click the Bluetooth icon in the system tray and select Advanced Configuration.




Change to the Local Services tab and double click "File Transfer" item.




Change the folder you want to be visible to other Bluetooth users connecting to this computer. This can be any folder, but for security reason it's better to have a special transfer folder for this. For instance, if you assign c:\ here, the entire hard drive will be visible to users allowed to connect to this service. You can also check the security option presented. Click the OK button and close the dialogs.




We'll now configure the Pocket PC side. We'll define which folder will be used for the File Transfer. Start by taping the Bluetooth icon and selecting Bluetooth Settings:




Change to the File Transfer tab, and update the folder information:





Configuration is now complete, and we can start copying files. First we'll see how to copy files initiating the operation from your computer. On your Pocket On you client computer (in our case the laptop), open My Bluetooth Places. Double-click Entire Bluetooth Neighborhood




Double-click the icon corresponding to the Pocket PC.




You now can see all services offered by the PDA. To open the remote folder just double-click the File Transfer on... icon. Tip: if you right-click the File Transfer on... icon the option to create a shortcut can be selected. The shortcut will be created in the My Bluetooth Places area. You are able to copy files now if you want. Just drag and drop any selected file(s) to this area and it (they) will be copied to the configured File Transfer folder on your Pocket PC. Or follow to the next instruction to see the contents of this folder.




Once the connection is established, you'll see the contents of this folder on the remote computer. Normal file operations are allowed.




If you try copying a file between computers, the Pocket PC will ask for authorisation. Tap Accept to initiate the copy:




The copy will initiate:




It's also possible to initiate the operation from the Pocket PC side as well. Start by tapping on Bluetooth Manager:




Then select the New menu and Connect!:




From this dialog select Browse files on a remote device:




Tap on the No device selected box to initiate a search:




When you see the icon corresponding to the computer acting as a server, tap it:




The Pocket PC ask for confirmation to create a shortcut. Tap Finish:




If this is the first time you are using this Pocket PC to access this computer or laptop, you'll be asked for a PIN. This PIN will create a "pairing" between these devices. On the desktop or laptop a notification bubble will show up, asking for PIN confirmation. Click on the Bluetooth icon on your System tray.




Enter a PIN on your desktop. You have to be quick, because the timeout is around 15 seconds. Use a four digits number.




Back on your iPaq, you'll enter the same PIN used on your computer:




A confirmation dialog follows:




A shortcut to this connection is now created on the main Bluetooth Manager dialog. Double tap the icon to open the connection:




This is a folder list corresponding to the server configuration at the beginning of this article. You're now able to copy files using the standard tap-and-hold method:




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