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Windows XP Networking Guide : Bluetooth services - Serial ports

Serial ports

Serial ports service is used primarily to synchronize a Bluetooth device, such as a PDA or a mobile phone with a computer. You can also use serial ports to transfer data from a global positioning system (GPS) device to your computer. The third party synchronization software or GPS data extraction software usually requires one COM (serial) port to enable the communication with a Bluetooth device.

Bluetooth device COM ports

Picture: adding COM ports for serial connections over Bluetooth

After a Bluetooth device installation using Add Bluetooth Device Wizard, several COM ports are usually allocated for the device. You must choose one vacant COM port for synchronization, GPS data transfer, or other applications that use serial ports.

Also see Bluetooth_profiles.

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