Bluetooth USB 7/10.
Date Posted 18/01/2003.
Bluetooth has been around for a couple of years. It is essentially
a wireless protocol which lets devices like phones and cameras communicate.
This USB dongle, gives any PC the capability to communicate with
Bluetooth devices. At 721KBps it is not as fast as wireless Ethernet,
but the main advantage of Bluetooth is that it requires less power
and is cheaper.
of the dongle is quite easy. I used it on Windows XP (but I had
to turn off System Restore), and within about 10 minutes I was ready
to begin! Firstly I needed to enable Bluetooth on my phone (an Ericsson
t39m), and on the Bluetooth dongle's software. The computer found
my phone, and to ensure that the link was secure, I had to type
in a passkey on both my phone and on the computer. This is important,
especially if you are using Bluetooth in a public place, since the
range of Bluetooth is several metres.
included software let me easily transfer business cards to my phone.
In addition it made COM3, a virtual COM port, that let me use my
phone like a modem. This also lets other applications use the Bluetooth
connection, for example my mobile phone software (so I could edit
settings on my phone, the phone book etc.)
getting the Bluetooth connection to work was quite easy, trying
to get it to work without breakage proved problematic. This was
not a problem when I was transferring settings/business cards to
and from my phone, because the transfer would resume immediately
after breakage. However, it was a problem when I used my phone to
dial-up on the internet, since I had to keep reconnecting. I suspect
it was my phone's fault (since it was one of the first to have Bluetooth
built-in), but I cannot be certain. Certainly I am sure most people
who would buy this product probably already own newer phones like
the t68 (which can take advantage Bluetooth better).
product is ideal for people who own several Bluetooth products,
but have yet to have taken advantage of this great new technology.
Also given that Belkin have very few rivals in the USB Bluetooth
market, I am sure that this will become a market leader.