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9. System Preferences > Bluetooth

Bluetooth

This panel shows up only if your Mac is equipped with a Bluetooth transmitter, either built-in or in the form of an external USB gadget. The thrill of using Bluetooth to send files is described in detail in Chapter 7, but here’s a quick overview of this panel’s three tabs:

Settings

Here’s where you make your Mac discoverable (that is, “visible” to other Bluetooth gadgets). Here’s also where you can tell the Bluetooth Setup Assistant to open up automatically when the Mac thinks no keyboard and mouse are attached (because it assumes that you have a wireless Bluetooth keyboard and mouse that has yet to be set up).

Top: This System Preferences panel reveals a list of every Bluetooth gadget your Mac knows about so far. Click a Bluetooth device to see, in the lower box, what sort of device it is (phone, computer or palmtop, etc.), and whether it’s turned on and available. The ones with a heart symbol are what Apple calls Favorites—they’re the ones that you’ve paired so that you don’t have to re-enter a password every time you want to use this Bluetooth connection.Middle: The Bluetooth Setup Assistant scans the area for other Bluetooth gadgets, and, after a moment, lists them for you here. Click one and then continue.Bottom: Where security is an issue—like when you plan to use your Bluetooth cellphone as a wireless Internet antenna for your PowerBook, and you’d just as soon not have other people in the airport waiting lounge surfing the Web via your cellphone—the Assistant will offer you the chance to pair your Bluetooth device with the Mac. To prove that you’re really the owner of both the laptop and the phone, you’re asked to make up a one-time password, which you have 60 seconds to type into both the Mac and the phone. Once that’s done, you’re free to use the phone’s Internet connection without any further muss, fuss, or passwords.

Figure 9-4. Top: This System Preferences panel reveals a list of every Bluetooth gadget your Mac knows about so far. Click a Bluetooth device to see, in the lower box, what sort of device it is (phone, computer or palmtop, etc.), and whether it’s turned on and available. The ones with a heart symbol are what Apple calls Favorites—they’re the ones that you’ve paired so that you don’t have to re-enter a password every time you want to use this Bluetooth connection. Middle: The Bluetooth Setup Assistant scans the area for other Bluetooth gadgets, and, after a moment, lists them for you here. Click one and then continue. Bottom: Where security is an issue—like when you plan to use your Bluetooth cellphone as a wireless Internet antenna for you....


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