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#1393 17-Apr-2004 08:44
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I was uncertain where to post this, but the heck with it.
I know nothing about Bluetooth, just that it is weaker and less powerful and I'm guessing similar in nature or intention to Wireless LAN.... but i'm just trying to come to an understanding.
So I'll cut to the chase.
I have this Cable LAN (not wireless) in my house, starting downstairs is the 5 port switch which runs to a computer right next to it, and then two more upstiars.
Let's say I have a bluetooth ready PocketPC, that I only want to use with one computer (the one in my upstairs room) What do I need to buy for that? (i'm using Windows XP) And what all can I do with that connection? Surf the internet on my little PocketPC?

Ok next question.
I have a Notebook I'd like to hook up to my Wired Cable LAN, but I want to be able to move about my room freely with my notebook, no wires. Is that possible?
I have no idea where to start with that idea, and i heard about bluetooth, so i thought i'd ask some experts ;)

Thank you so much,

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#4861 17-Apr-2004 11:15
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Hello! Some good questions, so let's try giving some links for these...

To find out more about Bluetooth, read this article: What is Bluetooth. Then, to find out what you can do read this one.

Now that you know a little bit more about it let's go to the next steps... It's similar to wi-fi because it's a wireless technology, but it's not a competitor to the wi-fi standard because it's intended to replace wires between devices, not to create a LAN.

The thing is, one of the profiles in Bluetooth actually allows you to connect to a LAN. And another profile allows you to dial-in to a PPP server. So, when using these features, yes you'll be able to connect to a network.

When you buy your Pocket PC you'll have to check that its Bluetooth capabilities have what you need. Since you want to browse the Internet with it, then it must have LAP/PAN profiles. From my experience the iPAQ and Toshiba devices will allow this. For ActiveSync any Pocket PC with Bluetooth will work.

You want a Bluetooth adapter on your computer, and it must give you the appropriate services (profiles). The most common devices are based on a set of drivers and software called Widcomm. I use TDK and Bluetake here, and tested Belkin too. They're all good. Try not getting 3COM because of lack of profiles for this product.

For configuration you'll have to go through our Bluetooth Guides and choose the one appropriate for your need.

Remember this technology is a wire replacement, and has a limited range. Most Pocket PC devices have a 10m range only, while you can find some Bluetooth adapters and Bluetooth LAN Access Points with 100m range. Don't worry about buying an adapter with a longer range if the Pocket PC will not be able to connect to it!



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