Networking for your Palm, Pocket PC and Computer by Lisa Gade,
Communications Bluetooth CompactFlash Card
Jornada owners, here's a Bluetooth card in a type I package.
Since the Jornada can't take the more common CF type II Bluetooth
cards, this will make network-hungry Jornada owners happy. The
card also works with Handheld PC 2000 PDAs, such as the Jornada
720 along with Pocket PC and Pocket PC 2002 PDAs. You can use
the card with a PC Card adapter in your Windows notebook (if
drivers aren't on the CD, you can register your card on Socket's website and
request the drivers be sent to you. The card is now certified
BT version 1.1 and if your card isn't 1.1. you can download the
updater from Socket's website.
Be sure to download the latest software and drivers because many
improvements have been added in July 2002.
you install the software from the CD, the Bluetooth Wizard
walks you through configuring BT on your Pocket PC. This software
seems to be a bit different: it wants you to have 6 COM ports
free, because it assigns a different COM port to each function
(printing, cell phone, LAN, fax, desktop sync, serial port).
Most other BT products use one COM port for incomming communications
and another for outgoing communications, for a total of 2 COM
ports. If you don't need all these functions or don't have
that many COM ports free, you can un-check any of the boxes
you wish except for the cell phone connection.
card's software really was designed with BT cell phone users
in mind. The next step in the Wizard involves setting up communications
with your BT cell phone. The card supports the Ericsson r520,
T39, T68; Motorola 270C; Nokia 6210, 6310, 6310i, 7650, 8910;
NTT DoCoMo PALDIO 633S; Sony C413S according to Socket. The
Wizard will walk you through discovery, establishing a PIN
and bonding with your phone. After that, you'll go to the operating
systems Connections screen and setup dialup networking to use
the Bluetooth Phone driver available in the pop-up list.
you've setup your card, each time you insert it, you'll see
the BT icon in your PDA's system tray. Clicking on it brings
up a menu which allows you to turn the radio on and off, launch
BT ActiveSync, connect to a LAN, Get Connected (run the Wizard),
and go to Advanced Features. You may also manually configure
your settings if the Wizard isn't adding enough magic to your
iPAQ and Belkin BT, you'll use the Bluetooth ActiveSync menu item in
the BT software rather than the operating system's standard ActiveSync
found under the Start Menu. The driver will show you a list of PCs
it's found and allow you to search for more. Tap on the PC you wish
to sync with and you're off. Not only can you sync to your desktop/notebook
computer, but if it has Internet access, your PDA will also be able
to access the Internet while connected via ActiveSyc. Cool!
to a BT LAN works similarly, though I'm not sure how many folks have
BT access points yet (they're not that common and are still expensive).
a fax driver, so you can use your BT phone (as long as it's capable
of faxing) as a fax. You'll need to assign you phone as your "favorite" fax
before using it.
get a Dialer app with the Socket card and it works with Nokia and Ericsson
GSM phones. Us rare Motorola v270c CDMA owners won't be able to use
the Dialer (this seems to be true of the Dialer app included with all
the BT cards we tested). The Dialer app is very simple: you tell it
your local area code and any required dialing prefix and you're done.
Thereafter, if you want your PDA to tell your phone to dial a contact,
simply press and hold the stylus down on the contact's name in your
address book and select the Dial Contact option from the pop-up menu.
can print too! The Socket card ships with a 30 day demo of PrintPocketCE.
As covered in our introduction to BT, this
is a must have app if you want to print via BT or IR from your Pocket
PC. In PrintPocketCE you'll select the port assigned to you BT Bluetooth
printer (or serial port, depending on the printer) in the Socket setup,
pick a printer from the long list of included drivers and of course
select the file you wish to print. This feature worked well printing
to the Anycom Printer Module we also reviewed.
and reliable driver. Quite user-friendly by BT standards. Great for
Jornada Pocket PC owners who must use a type I card. It may be a bit
more expensive than its competitors, but you're paying extra for the
small type I format. The use of 6 COM ports on the Pocket PC seems
a bit strange, but generally isn't problematic as COM ports aren't
usually filled as they are with desktop PCs. You can get away with
using as few as one COM port if you only wish to use your cell phone.