View Full Version : Using IR In XP

19th October 2002, 12:36 AM
Before Windows XP, getting your infrared port to work probably took its toll on even the most seasoned IT staffers. Driver issues were many, and even when your IR was functioning, your coworker's IR probably wasn't.

With Windows XP, things have changed. For the first time, many users are realizing that their notebooks have IR ports. On a notebook, IrDA is a line-of sight connection that can work up to 2 meters away. In most newer notebooks, it can transfer data at up to 4 Mbps. Now that you have a working IR port, what are you going to do with it?

*Sync. Perhaps the most popular use is for syncing to Palm devices and handheld PCs without cradles. It takes a little longer but gets the job done.

*Print. Some printers also have IR ports, letting you print files from your notebook without connecting over a network. To set this up, use the Add Printer wizard, found by clicking the Printers and Faxes icon in the Control Panel. Follow the wizard and choose your local IR port to load the printer driver.

*Transfer. You can use IR to transfer files between notebooks if you have no network to connect over. Place the two notebooks so the IR ports are within sight of each other. Then grab the files and send them from one to the other notebook. As a security measure, the receiving notebook will ask whether the owner wants to receive the files. Just okay the transfer and let it go.
Many of you may also be wondering about Bluetooth. It's also a wireless technology; it has a longer range but a maximum througHPut of 1 Mbps. It most likely will supplant IR, but for now, IR is on just about every notebook, and Bluetooth is not