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Compaq Bluetooth Wireless Pack with CF Card Slot - Configuring the Bluetooth Expansion Pack

Installing the software

This document covers installing and configuring the Bluetooth Wireless pack with CF Card Slot.

The Bluetooth Expansion pack is compatible with all iPAQ H3100, H3600, H3700, H3800, and H3900 Series Handheld Pocket PCs.

NOTE: The H3100 series requires ROM 1.65 or higher.

The H3600 series requires ROM 1.69 or higher.

CAUTION: Users should not slide the iPAQ Pocket PC into the Bluetooth Wireless Pack until the software has been installed. If inserted without the software the iPAQ will display an error message that advises the user to contact the manufacturer.
The Bluetooth Wireless Pack software is included on the CD that ships with the product.
  1. Place the Pocket PC in its cradle and make an ActiveSync connection to a desktop or notebook computer.

  2. Insert the Bluetooth Wireless Pack installation CD into the CD tray of the desktop or notebook computer.

  3. From the Windows Start menu on the base computer, select Start , Run , and type x:\BTSetup.exe (where x indicates the letter of the CD-ROM drive) or browse to the BTSetup.exe file, then click OK .

  4. Follow the on-screen instructions. Ensure that the desktop or notebook computer and Pocket PC have completed all operations before exiting the setup.

  5. When the install program is finished, remove the iPAQ Pocket PC from its cradle and conduct a soft reboot by inserting the stylus in the hole in the bottom of the Pocket PC iPAQ.

  6. Insert the Pocket PC iPAQ into the Bluetooth Wireless Pack sleeve. A new icon (the Bluetooth Radio icon) should display at the bottom of the "Today" screen, just to the left of the Q icon. If the icon does not appear, the user may need to perform a second soft reboot with the wireless pack in place.

NOTE: The Bluetooth Radio Icon is initially dark (off) when the iPAQ is inserted into the sleeve. The icon becomes brighter when the sleeve recognizes the software.

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Initialization

The user launches the Bluetooth browser from the standard iPAQ Start window by selecting the Bluetooth Manager icon from the Start menu. In order to communicate with other Bluetooth devices, the user must have the iPAQ search for other devices, and save the desired devices to a Device Group. Once devices have been found and saved, they will appear in the main window of the Bluetooth Manager.

Figure 1: Initial Search for Devices

If this is the first use of the application or if the user has not saved any found devices, the user is prompted to search for other Bluetooth devices in the vicinity. The user should select Yes . This displays the Search screen, and the iPAQ begins searching for Bluetooth devices.

Selecting No takes the user to the main window, which will be blank, as no devices have been found.

When the search is complete, the main window displays all devices that were found. The user may select any or all of these devices to add to a Device Group.

Figure 2: Assign Devices to Device Group

  • The user should select the devices to keep and tap Save . The Device Groups screen appears. The default group is All Devices, until the user adds other groups.

  • The user should check the box next to My Devices and tap OK to return to the Search screen.

  • Following the initial device discovery session, the main window shows all the devices that the user placed in the All Devices group. Once the user adds other groups, they can be displayed in the main window.

  • Users should note that just because a device is listed in the main window, the device is not necessarily within range of the user's device at any given time. It is possible that none of the devices listed are within range. The Status column in the main window indicates which devices are in or out of range or otherwise unavailable.

  • All of the discovered devices selected by the user are displayed in the main window

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Device operation

Once the Bluetooth application is started, the Bluetooth Radio icon is visible at the bottom of the Today screen or at the bottom of the Bluetooth Manager window. Users can tap the radio icon to toggle the radio on and off, view the current status, including transmission power level, of the radio, and view current connections.

Figure 3: Bluetooth Radio Icon

Device Search

  • It is always possible to conduct a new search for Bluetooth devices after the initial search. New searches have no effect on any devices that have been saved to a device group from an earlier search.

  • To initiate a new search, tap Search at the bottom of the Bluetooth main window. This brings up a Search screen. Tap Search on the Search screen. The device begins to search for Bluetooth devices in the area. Devices appear on the screen as they are found. The text on the Search button changes to Stop Search while the search is in progress. It changes back to Search when the search is complete or times out, or the user taps Stop Search.

Saving devices

  • All saved devices are, by default, members of the All Devices group. Many characteristics of how the device interacts with other devices are set at the device group level, so it is important that the discovered device be part of a group.

  • From the Search screen, select the devices to save. Users can select one or several devices by dragging across the devices or by tapping the desired devices while pressing the iPAQ action button. Tap Save . The Device Groups screen appears, listing all available groups. Check the box next one or more groups. Tap OK to return to the Search screen.

Communicating with other devices

Once the user establishes contact with another device, the iPAQ can use the Bluetooth radio to exchange data. Users can:
  • Send a file

  • Send or exchange business cards

  • Connect for DialUp or LAN access

  • Connect to serial or audio port

  • Create or remove bonds

Users can establish communication from the Main Window, the Search Window or the Device Information Dialogue Window. From the Main Window or Search Window, the user should tap and hold the icon or listing of the other device. This action presents a list of services supported by the device.

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Actions menu

From the Device Information Dialogue Window, the user can tap the Actions menu to see the list of supported services. The table below lists the Actions menu services available from the iPAQ

Action
Function
Send File
Send a file to another device
Send Business Card
Send your business card information to another device
Exchange Business Card
Exchange business card information with another device. If it is available, you receive the other device's information directly into your contacts database
Connect to Bluetooth Serial Port
Connect to the virtual serial port on another device to use certain applications and utilities designed for wireless devices
Connect to Dial Up Networking
Connect to Bluetooth-equipped cell phones and modems. Once connected to a device with dialup capability, the user must provide dialing information
Connect to Network Access
Connect to Bluetooth devices that are already participating in a Local Area Network (LAN). Once connected, you will can participate in the LAN for accessing services such as Internet Access.
Perform ActiveSync
Connect to and automatically update information with a Bluetooth-equipped device that has been designated as an ActiveSync partner.
Create bond with this device
Establish a bond with another device to allow uninterrupted exchange of data. This requires the user to enter a PIN code.
Remove bond with this device
Remove a bond with the device.
Remove this device
Remove a device from the database of discovered devices.

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Device groups

Three empty device groups (All Devices, Home, and Work) are set up when the user installs the Bluetooth software. All discovered Bluetooth devices are stored in the All Devices group when they are saved. Users cannot delete the All Devices group. Group Settings allow users to define certain types of information and behavior for groups. This includes how the iPAQ makes connections, performs file sharing, handles PIM objects, and how it uses the serial port and dialup capability.

To access the Group Settings from the main window:
  1. Tap the Tools menu.

  2. Select Settings for the currently selected group. The default group is All Devices.

Group Settings are listed on six tabs. The functions controlled by each tab are shown in the following table:

Group Settings Tab
Function
General
Set device name
Set default passkey
Delete inactive devices
Connections
Let other devices see me
Let other devices connect to me
Choose devices that can connect to me
Set transmission power for this group
File Sharing
Let other devices use this service
Require authorization
Require passkey
Require encryption
Define shared directory
PIM Objects
Let other devices use this service
Require authorization
Require passkey
Require encryption
Send business card on request
Accept all PIM objects
Set business card contact
Serial Port
Let other devices use this service
Require authorization
Require passkey
Require encryption
Set COM ports
Dialup
Require passkey
Require encryption
Set COM port for dialup

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Bluetooth diagnostics

Users can conduct basic checks of the hardware using the Loopback Test or the Reset BC01 Test. Both are accessed from the Bluetooth Diagnostics screen.

The loopback test is a diagnostic procedure in which a signal is transmitted and returned to the sending component after it passes through all or part of a network or circuit. The returned signal is compared with the transmitted signal in order to evaluate the integrity of the equipment or transmission path.

The Reset BC01 Test resets the radio circuitry used to transmit and receive data.

The results of both tests are displayed as Pass or Fail. A failure in either test would indicate a failure in the Bluetooth hardware.

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