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Bluetooth ActiveSync guide for Windows Mobile 2003 (iPAQ, Dell, XV6600, PDA2k, Harrier)
Posted on 11-Sep-2003 21:11 | Filed under: Articles


In this article we show how to configure and use your desktop or notebook as a Bluetooth ActiveSync partner for your HP iPAQ Pocket PC with Windows Mobile 2003.

This guide suits any Bluetooth model from the h19xx, h22xx, h39xx, h54xx and h55xx series running Windows Mobile 2003.

For this 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 H3970 running Windows Mobile 2003 from HP.

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, let's configure the computer that will be the server on this configuration. Start by right-clicking the Bluetooth icon in the System Tray and selecting Advanced configuration.




Now select the Local Service tab and take note of what COM port corresponds to the Bluetooth Serial Port.





Right-click the ActiveSync icon in the Sytem Tray and select Connection Settings.




Make sure you check the box "Allow Serial cable or infrared connection to this COM port" and select the COM port corresponding to the Bluetooth Serial Port in the service configuration we found just before. Click the OK button when finished.




Right-click the ActiveSync icon again and select the Open Microsoft ActiveSync option.




Select the Options button...




Here you select the schedule as "Continuous" or "Upon connection".




Now, for your iPaq configuration. Make sure the Bluetooth stack is active. From the Today screen tap the wireless icon in the bottom right and select Bluetooth Manager





Now tap the New menu and select Connect





Select the option ActiveSync via Bluetooth and tap Next





A couple of instruction pages will come next. Tap Next to go forward:





On this dialog just tap the Device box, to start a search.





When you have your computer or laptop on the list, tap on its icon:






To make it an easy to access connection accept the option to create a shortcut. Shortcuts are visible on the first dialog of your Bluetooth Manager. 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:





The ActiveSync starts and the shortcut is created. Next time you want to start ActiveSync, simply double-tap the shortcut icon:




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