Windows XP Networking Guide

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Windows XP Networking Guide : Bluetooth services

If you have been using the Bluetooth application that came with your Bluetooth dongle for some time, perhaps you would miss My Bluetooth Places folder in Windows Explorer since this feature is not included in Windows XP SP2 (and the latest SP3) built-in Bluetooth software. It's quite handy for performing device discovery, service discovery, and file operations. In Windows XP SP2 or SP3, your Bluetooth interaction centers around the Bluetooth Devices window for device and service discovery and the Bluetooth Exchange Folder for file transfer.

Bluetooth Devices window

Picture: Bluetooth Devices window

However, Windows XP SP2 or SP3 built-in Microsoft Bluetooth stack has its own advantages, i.e. easier installation of a Bluetooth adapter (truly plug-and-play), no need for third party driver for installing a Bluetooth device, and the most notable is its support for Personal Area Networking (PAN) profile. PAN services let users share resources (i.e. file, folder, drive, Internet connection) with other Bluetooth devices that support PAN profile. For services not supported by the built-in software (such as headset or audio gateway), you can get back to the software provided by your adapter manufacturer by overriding Windows XP SP2 or SP3 generic Bluetooth drivers. To override the generic driver, simply install the software package that comes with your adapter, and it will take over the control of your Bluetooth adapter. Or if that doesn't work, do it from the Device Manager. In the relevant Properties window, go to the Driver tab and click Update Driver.

Windows XP SP2 Generic Bluetooth Radio on the Device Manager

Picture: Windows XP SP2 Generic Bluetooth Radio appears on the Device Manager.

Using the built-in stack, the first action after attaching a Bluetooth dongle is waiting for the adapter installation with Generic Bluetooth Radio drivers.

Generic Bluetooth Radio installation message

Picture: Windows XP SP2 Generic Bluetooth Radio installation message on the taskbar.

The next step is checking or changing your Bluetooth-enabled computer discovery and connection settings via the Bluetooth Devices window. Then your computer must find another Bluetooth device and discover the available services in it before starting a connection with that device. The services that are supported by Windows XP SP2 built-in Bluetooth software are described in the following pages:

File transfer
Serial ports
Dial-up networking (DUN)
Personal Area Networking (PAN)
Keyboard and mouse, printer

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