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Chapter 11. Device Advice: Dealing with ... > Setting Up an Infrared Device

Setting Up an Infrared Device

Many of the latest notebook computers come with a built-in infrared (IR) port. This port acts like both a serial port and a parallel port, and you can use it to transfer files and send print jobs. (For sending print jobs, you need a printer—such as the HP LaserJet 5MP—with an IR port. You can find more on this topic in Chapter 21, “Prescriptions for Perfect Printing.”) You can also purchase infrared devices that attach to a serial port. In all cases, the device acts much like a serial port in that it sends data one bit at a time. However, instead of using electrical signals (high current and low current) to represents the 1s and 0s of binary data, IR devices manipulate infrared light waves.

Windows 98 has built-in support for infrared devices via IrDA (Infrared Data Association) drivers. Windows 98 includes support for both Serial Infrared (SIR) devices and Fast Infrared (FIR) devices. How you initialize this support depends on whether Windows 98 recognized your IR device during Setup.



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