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Bluetooth

Bluetooth is a very short-range—30 feet or less—wireless networking technology. It enables you to connect Bluetooth-enabled computers, personal digital assistants (PDAs), and mobile phones to each other and to the Internet.

With Mac OS X and Bluetooth, you can do the following:

  • Connect your computer to a Bluetooth-enabled cell phone to retrieve message information.

  • Connect your computer to the Internet using a Bluetooth-enabled cell phone.

  • Exchange files between your computer and a Bluetooth-enabled PDA or other computer.

To use Bluetooth with Mac OS X, your computer must have a Bluetooth adapter. Bluetooth USB adapters are available from the Apple Store (www.apple.com/store/) and other sources. You must also have a Bluetooth-enabled device to connect to. You can find a complete list of currently available devices on the official Bluetooth Web site, www.bluetooth.com.

Tips

  • Don’t confuse Bluetooth with AirPort. These are two similar yet different technologies. AirPort enables an AirPort-enabled computer to connect to and exchange information with computers and devices on an entire network. Bluetooth, however, enables your computer to connect to and exchange information with a single Bluetooth-enabled device.

  • A complete discussion of Bluetooth is beyond the scope of this book. You can learn more about Bluetooth on Apple’s Web site, at www.apple.com/bluetooth/.


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