One of the most powerful functions built into
the Pocket PC is something you never see: The ability to communicate
via an invisible beam of light called infrared. Each Pocket PC can use
Infrared Data Association-compliant (IrDA) communications for data
transfer. If you're not using this infrared feature, you're missing
out on a rich set of wireless connectivity options.
|What You Need
ActiveSync via Infrared Connection
The Pocket PC uses infrared to connect with
PCs running Microsoft® Windows® 95, Windows 98, Windows Me and Windows
2000 using Microsoft ActiveSync™ technology. You can connect your
Pocket PC via infrared with almost any laptop or notebook computer
To configure ActiveSync 3.1, select the
Infrared port in the Communications settings.
On the Pocket PC:
- Select the infrared connection by clicking
Start, then Programs, and Connections.
- Tap IR ActiveSync.
- Now line up those infrared ports and
synchronize without wires!
File and Data Transfers Between Devices
Naturally, you can beam contacts between PC
Companion devices. On the Pocket PC, in Contacts, use the
Send and Receive commands from the File menu. While
in the car, you can use infrared to input contacts from a Pocket PC to
the Auto PC as well. In this way you can dial contacts via voice
command using a supported mobile phone cradle, or use the address
information for navigation.
Very soon you'll be able to use BSQUARE's
bPRINT for printing from your Pocket PC to a
laser printer with IrDA such as the HP LaserJet family of printers. At
this writing, they don't currently have a native Pocket PC version of
their application, but watch BSQUARE's site for updates. You can also
JetSend to print and transfer files with
other PDAs as well.
If you've ever wanted to hold a private
conversation with another Pocket PC user during a meeting, you're in
luck. Just download Xoanan's freeware
Chat client. With it, you can conduct
text-based chats, a great digital alternative to passing notes. Note:
This application was originally designed for the Handheld PC.
You will have to create a shortcut while you
are synchronizing it in order to run this application, or use the File
Explorer to start it. Unfortunately, there is no StrongArm version, so
you can't run this program if you have a Compaq iPAQ Pocket PC.
The power of a beam of light offers
connectivity with ease. It's the true beauty behind infrared -- and
it's available anywhere, anytime.