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What is Bluetooth and in what devices will I find Bluetooth?

Matt Van Arsdel

Question: What is Bluetooth and in what devices will I find Bluetooth?

Answer: Bluetooth provides a way to allow electronic devices in short range of each other to interact and exchange information wirelessly. It was designed to eliminate the need for wires and cables. You can find Bluetooth in cell phones, wireless headsets, digital cameras, personal computers, video game consoles, automobiles, and even in printers. If your computer supports Bluetooth, it is considered the master device and can have up to 7 active devices connected to it. It can have a total of 255 inactive devices connected to it, but you will tell the computer which devices are active and which ones are inactive. Most newer laptops (and some desktops) will come with a built in Bluetooth adapter which will allow you to connect a Bluetooth keyboard, mouse, printer, or other input and output devices to it. If your computer does not have a built in adapter, then you can purchase an external USB Bluetooth adapter, usually priced between $20 and $40. You can also connect your cellular phone to the computer to transfer files such as your address book, pictures, and ring tones between the computer and phone. Sony’s Playstation 3 and Nintendo’s Wii both use wireless Bluetooth controllers to connect to the console, eliminating wires and clutter. The nice thing about Bluetooth is how easy it is to connect devices together.

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