few questions about bluetooth

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by DFX, Feb 27, 2004.

  1. DFX

    DFX OSNN Senior Addict

    im considering purchasing 2 bluetooth dongles to replace the long network cable that goes down the stairs in my house. i need a few things answering first though before i splash out.

    does it work through ceilings?

    will i still be able to network my xp pro pc with a windows 98 one?

    if im using the dongle for sharing internet connection, will i still be able to use other bluetooth products - like mices and keyboards?

    thanks in advance

  2. blinden

    blinden OSNN Senior Addict

    Pittsburgh, Pa, USA
    I was under the impression that bluetooth was a dead protocol walking...
    did I imagine reading this somewhere? or is it being dropped?
  3. Glaanieboy

    Glaanieboy Moderator

    The Netherlands
    Yes, you can use Bluetooth for replacing the network cable, BUT, consider that Windows 98 support isn't always present, check the dongle's manual or manufacturer's website for more info.
    Secondly, Bluetooth wasn't meant to be used in networks, it is meant to be used for connecting two devices to one another, so the performance won't be great (I think 1 mbps is the max). Though you may find Bluetooth solutions which can be used in networks, but it's more a trial and error thing. Security is also an issue, I don't know if some Bluetooth devices support encryption, if not, the signals are splurted all around and can be read by everyone with a computer equipped with Bluetooth and who is within the range.
    Thirdly you must know that there are two types of Bluetooth: Bluetooth and Bluetooth Class 1, the first one has a range of 10 meters and the second one has a range of 100 meters.

    I think the best option for you is to choose WLAN. Unlike Bluetooth, this is made for networking solutions, supports encryption (not sure about this, maybe Bluetooth supports it, but I have never seen it) and has a higher bandwidth (minimum is 11 mbps, 5.5 mbps with encryption enabled, if you have a > 1mbit internet connection, this is THE solution). Also this is better supported in Windows 98, though it still depends from manufacturer to manufacturer if they support it.
  4. Mainframeguy

    Mainframeguy Debiant by way of Ubuntu Folding Team

    London, UK
    I have to agree - because it is what I am using :p

    I can add two a few tips, watch out for how you install with WIN98 (I do HOPE you have SE!) because it may not be per default, you may have to follow special procedure. Also it is entirely possible you'll find the dongle getting "lost" on booting and the answer to this is you need to put a special "delay" mechanism in so that the network device does not start looking for things until 98 has got the relevant service (forget whch one) up and running....

    But it is very possile and a very bad idea to think it is what bluetooth is meant for.

    Last but not least - for maximum range have both dongle and arial with same alignment (IE vertical, horizontal etc). and do not expect maximum range unless it is true line of sight and no one walks through the signal ;)
  5. sean.ferguson

    sean.ferguson Moderator Folding Team

    Fife; Scotland
    dont use bluetooth for a network, if you want wireless then go WiFi, bluetooth is very short distance, and usually only for peripheral connections, i.e mouse/keyboard/pda etc
  6. Geffy

    Geffy Moderator Folding Team

    United Kingdom
    better to go wifi as the distance limit for bluetooth is 10m but not always that good and also wifi is slightly easier to configure as well
  7. Surej

    Surej OSNN One Post Wonder

    Wifi always better than bluetooth for networks moreover you have good controll over the the connections that it make...


  8. Kush

    Kush High On Life!

    Montreal, Quebec
    yeah i have bluetooth i actually used it for what u wanted to do, it could get my laptop in the living room from my computer in my room, and since i only used it for internet not like heavy networking it was fine, but u have to remmber that there are different bluetooth dongles, the msi is the best one and very cheap can get really far range. but wifi is better ofcourse for what u wanna do