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The Different Usage Modes

Synchronization is typically used in the following three physical ways or modes: local, pass-through, and remote. Each synchronization mode has its specific challenges, which are described below.

Local

This is currently the most common way to use synchronization. A typical scenario, shown in Figure 1-5, has a user synchronizing data from the PC or laptop on his desk with a PDA that is connected to the PC or laptop through a serial, Universal Serial Bus (USB)™, infrared, or Bluetooth™ connection.


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