Using bluetooth

Bluetooth lets gadgets talk to each other wirelessly.
 
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  • Updated:5 Jun 2006
 

01 .Introduction

CHOICE reviews bluetooth

What is Bluetooth?

Bluetooth is designed for low-power wireless communication over short distances.

Unlike infrared, Bluetooth’s radio waves don’t need line of sight. Bluetooth devices can send and receive information from many devices simultaneously. Bluetooth devices communicate with each other automatically.

The most common type of Bluetooth works for a distance of around 10 metres. It sends out a relatively weak signal, which helps avoid interference with other gadgets such as baby monitors.

When two enabled devices are in range, they quickly check whether they should be conversing with each other. If they have data to share, they create a network and switch frequencies in unison 1600 times a second within the radio frequency band used to transmit Bluetooth data. If there are other Bluetooth networks in the area, the likelihood that they will use the same frequencies is slim.

Please note: this information was current as of June 2006 but is still a useful guide to today's market.


Bluetooth gadgets

  • Headsets — whether you use them to make internet phone calls, listen to music, or chat using your mobile phone, Bluetooth headsets give hands-free, cord-free sound.
  • Laptops — most mid-range and more expensive laptops include Bluetooth connectivity.
  • Mobile phones — Bluetooth is used to speedily swap contact details, MP3 tunes or ringtones and photos.
  • Printers — send pictures directly from a PDA or digital camera as well as from Bluetooth-enabled laptops and desktops to a Bluetooth-enabled printer.
  • Digital cameras — send pictures directly from the camera to Bluetooth-enabled laptops, desktops and printers.
  • Keyboards and mice — low-power Bluetooth wireless connections consume less battery power than other wireless connections.
  • GPS — some cars now come with Bluetooth-enabled global positioning systems (GPS).

How to get Bluetooth on your computer

To tell if your computer has Bluetooth, check in the Control Panel:

  • From the Start menu select Control Panel
  • Open the Printers and other devices control panel

If there’s a Bluetooth devices entry, your computer has Bluetooth, but it may not be enabled. You should only set your computer to “discoverable” if you’re connecting a new Bluetooth device for pairing.

If your computer doesn’t have Bluetooth capability, you can add it via a USB dongle for about $60.

 
 

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10 MONTHS AGO | Hi can anyone tell me where to purchase the excelsior professional clothes steamer in Vic or online? Thanks

 
 
 
 
 

 

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1 MONTH AGO | Hi there, my partner bought a Homemaker steamer from Kmart a few months ago. It was kept in our guest bedroom. Turns out it had some kind of slow leak through the bottom of the unit and the resultant dampness in the carpet beneath created an awful mould stain over time. Are these units not water-tight? Surely an appliance that is designed to hold water in a reservoir must be 100% water-tight, no?

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

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3 MONTHS AGO | I've been using steamers for years and can't do without one. However, I've found that they typically don't last more than a year or so. Do you have any information on the longevity of different brands?

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

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5 MONTHS AGO | I've just bought the Tefal minute steamer- Myer special $119.00. I bought it mainly for school shirts. I can steam iron a shirt in a few minutes easily with good results. I've now gone on to my trousers, t-shirts etc. I have a front loader and items are more creased than a top loader, but the Tefal seems a winner. Thanks for the recent update.

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

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8 MONTHS AGO | It has been 18 months since this test. Given that garment steamers are gaining popularity, are you thinking of repeating the test with newer models? It would be great to see the high end models (Sauber, Wertheim...) included too.

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

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1 MONTH AGO | Hi there, my partner bought a Homemaker steamer from Kmart a few months ago. It was kept in our guest bedroom. Turns out it had some kind of slow leak through the bottom of the unit and the resultant dampness in the carpet beneath created an awful mould stain over time. Are these units not water-tight? Surely an appliance that is designed to hold water in a reservoir must be 100% water-tight, no?

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

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3 MONTHS AGO | I've been using steamers for years and can't do without one. However, I've found that they typically don't last more than a year or so. Do you have any information on the longevity of different brands?

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

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5 MONTHS AGO | I've just bought the Tefal minute steamer- Myer special $119.00. I bought it mainly for school shirts. I can steam iron a shirt in a few minutes easily with good results. I've now gone on to my trousers, t-shirts etc. I have a front loader and items are more creased than a top loader, but the Tefal seems a winner. Thanks for the recent update.

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

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8 MONTHS AGO | It has been 18 months since this test. Given that garment steamers are gaining popularity, are you thinking of repeating the test with newer models? It would be great to see the high end models (Sauber, Wertheim...) included too.

 
 
 
 
 

 
 

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