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Using Infrared Connections

Infrared light is below the spectrum of red light and is not visible to the human eye. Infrared (IR) ports on computers enable wireless connections between computers and devices, using the same infrared light employed by TV, stereo, and VCR remote controls. Windows Me supplies software supporting IR ports on notebooks and desktops. On a computer with an IR port, Windows Me lets you share files and resources, communicate with networks, and even print to other computers and peripherals with IR ports. Windows Me uses the industry-standard IrDA protocol for IR ports, enabling you to transfer data to computers and printers with IrDA-compliant IR ports. Unless Windows Me finds an IR port on your PC during the installation process, it will not install the IR component of the operating system. If, for some reason, your computer features an IR port but Windows Me did not install the IR software, you can load the software manually from the installation disc.

Windows Me treats IR ports as network devices. After an IR port has been installed on your system, you will have two additional entries under the Configuration tab of the Network properties sheet:


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