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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Use a Laptop IR As a Remote Reader

 The IrDA protocol, created by the Infrared Data Association, specifies how two devices can communicate using a line-of-sight, infrared connection over short distances. Many laptops include an IrDA-capable hardware transceiver in their factory configurations. IrDA transceivers are typically located in the front edge of the laptop. You can configure the infrared (IR) port on your laptop so that it becomes capable of wireless communication with cellular phones, PDAs and other mobile devices.
1). Log in to the computer as a user with Administrator privileges. Click "Start," then "Run." Type "hdwwiz.cpl" into the text box in the "Run" window, then press "Enter." The Hardware Wizard will come up.

2). Click "Next," then "Yes, I have already connected the hardware," then "Next." Click "Add a new hardware device," then "Next."

3). Click "Install the hardware that I manually select from a list (Advanced)," then "Next." Click on "Infrared devices" within the "Hardware types" section. Click the device on your computer in the "Infrared device" section of the wizard's window. Click "Next." The IrDA port will be recognized by, and usable from, Windows at that point.


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