Networking for your Computer by Lisa Gade,
USB Adapter USB-220
a great selection of BT products, including a PC card, CF card, printer
module, access point, headset and a USB adapter. With that large product
selection, you get the feeling these guys know Bluetooth!
their USB-220 adapter which works with Windows machines and the Mac
under OS X 10.2. It has a class 1 radio, which means it has excellent
range compared to class 2 radio adapters, and has a claimed range of
100 meters (300 feet). I was able to get about 40 feet away (through
walls) from the PC and maintain a connection with PDAs. The adapter
is reasonably small, and the antenna section can be swiveled using
a joint that mounts close to the base (see image below). The adapter
comes with a plastic cover to protect the USB connector when in transit
and has a single activity light.
WiFi cards in Windows 98SE through XP, you can create your own network
and share an Internet connection by using two adapters on two machines
(one machine must have Internet access so that it can share that connection
with the other Bluetooth enabled machine). While this kind of setup
is more complicated than connecting to an access point, it can be very
cost effective since Bluetooth access points often cost several hundred
pop the CD into your computer and run the installer to place
the driver and software on your PC. You'll likely need to reboot
to complete the installation, and then you'll be ready to configure
the adapter to connect to a variety of devices such as mobile
phones, access points and PDAs. You can ActiveSync with BT-enabled
Pocket PCs, HotSync with BT enabled Palm OS devices such as
the Sony Clié TG50 and NZ90 or
the Palm Tunsten T. I
even synced and installed software on a Sony
Ericsson P800 via Bluetooth.
are no drivers or software for Mac users, but Bluetooth support
and drivers are built into OS X 10.2 (Jaguar). This means you
can plug the adapter into a USB port and be up and running.
With Jaguar, you can connect to a BT mobile phone, HotSync
an BT enabled Palm OS PDA or sync a BT-enabled cell phone.
Bluetooth on your PC
USB-220 has profiles for connections to other desktops, notebooks,
access points, modems, headsets, audio gateway, PDAs and printers.
It supports the following services: Bluetooth Serial Port,
Dial-up Networking, Fax, File Transfter, PIM item transfer
(business card, calendar items and etc), network access, headset
and audio gateway (for connecting to speakers and mics that
installation is complete, you'll see a "My Bluetooth Places" icon
on your desktop and a Bluetooth icon in your system tray. Right-click
on the system tray icon to Explore BT devices, configure your
setup and start BT communications with devices you'e already
discovered. You can use the Wizard to discover and connect
to devices: first you discover the device, then you select
the services you'd like to use. The configuration program is
a multi-tabbed interface that allows to set security, filter
which devices can communicate with your desktop/notebook, setup
fax and dial-up networking services, file sharing and assign
serial ports to legacy devices.
discovered your devices, you can right-click on the system tray icon
and use the "Services" hierarchical menu to quickly start
LAN Networking (if you have a BT access point), file transfer, fax,
dialup networking and etc.. The "My Bluetooth Places" on
the desktop works like Network Neighborhood, but instead shows you
BT devices in range, allows you to explore for new devices and add
them to your "neighborhood". The applicaton is very user-friendly.
As part of the installation process, a new LAN connection is created
with the network card listed as Bluetooth LAN Access Server Driver.
It runs the same protocols as most commonly configured Ethernet cards:
Client for MS Networks, File and Printer Sharing, TCP/IP and NetBUI.
when connecting to Pocket PCs, Palm OS PDAs or Symbian smarthones,
you must set the PDAs desktop software (ActiveSync, HotSync or PC Suite)
to use the serial port of your Anycom adapter before you can sync.
out of the box! Not something you can say about all Bluetooth adapters.
Though I do suggest you read the excellent PDF manual included on the
CD: it walks you through most every connection type. The Anycom USB-220
has great range, and very full-featured, user-friendly software that's
reliable. If you're looking for a wireless syncing solution for your
PDA, then the Anycom will be your friend. It also works well as a way
to use your BT-enabled mobile phone as a modem for your notebook.