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7. Wireless > 72. Set Up Bluetooth on XP

Set Up Bluetooth on XP

The Bluetooth wireless standard is a great way to get computers and gadgets to talk to each other. Here’s how to set it up on XP.

Bluetooth wireless support is showing up in all sorts of devices these days, and the software is easy to use. Few consumers know about it or know how to use it, though. This hack will expose you to the basics of Bluetooth, explain how to set up some Bluetooth devices, and point you to some good sources of information about the ways you can use Bluetooth in your life.

Some people confuse Bluetooth with the 802.11x standards (WiFi), since they are both wireless technologies. But WiFi is intended primarily for Internet data and connecting computers, while Bluetooth is used to communicate between a wide variety of devices. Where WiFi needs to get into every corner of your world to be effective, Bluetooth is best at short ranges. In fact, the effective range of most Bluetooth communications is about 32 feet (10 meters).


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