Using bluetooth

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

02.Pairing devices

Some computer manufacturers use different software to control Bluetooth connections but many use a standard controller in the Control Panel.

Standard controller

  • From the Start menu select Control Panel.
  • Open the Printers and other devices category.
  • Open the Bluetooth devices control panel.
  • In the Devices tab click Add. The Bluetooth Device Wizard will start.
  • Enable Bluetooth on the device you want to connect to, then tick ‘My device is set up and ready to be found’.
  • Click Next, and select your device from the list.
  • Click Next again.
  • Select Choose a passkey for me or Let me choose my own passkey.
  • The devices connect. You'll need to enter the passkey on the device, then click Next.
  • The wizard is complete once you click Finish.

Toshiba laptops

  • From the Start menu select Toshiba.
  • Select Bluetooth, then choose Bluetooth Settings.
  • In the Bluetooth Settings window select New Connection.
  • The wizard starts. Make sure your gadget is Bluetooth enabled, then press the connect button or switch it to discoverable mode.
  • In the wizard, select Express Mode, then click Next.
  • The wizard searches for devices. Locate the gadget you just enabled then click Next.
  • If a passphrase is required, one will be asked for. Enter it on the gadget.
  • Finally, enter a connection name, then click Next. Click Finish to complete the wizard.

IBM/Lenovo laptops

  • Press Fn + F5.
  • In the Wireless Radio tab, the Bluetooth logo will be solid green.
  • Switch Turn On if it’s not switched on.
  • From the Start menu select Control Panel.
  • Open the Printers and other devices category.
  • Open the Bluetooth Devices control panel.
  • In the Devices tab click Add. The Bluetooth Device Wizard will start.
  • Enable Bluetooth on the device you want to connect to, then tick ‘My device is set up and ready to be found’.
  • Click Next, and select your device from the list. Click Next again.
  • Select Choose a passkey for me or Let me choose my own passkey.
  • The devices connect. You'll need to enter the passkey on the device, then click Next.
  • The wizard is complete once you click Finish.

HP laptops

  • From the Start menu, select All Programs, then My Bluetooth Places.
  • Choose Bluetooth Setup Wizard from the tasks menu on the left hand side.
  • The Bluetooth Setup wizard starts.
  • Select I know the service I want to use and want to find a Bluetooth device that provides that service, then click Next.
  • Select the service you want from the list, then enable your Bluetooth gadget/make it discoverable and click Next.
  • Select your gadget, then click Next.
  • The wizard displays a pairing code or passphrase. During the pairing procedure, enter the pairing code or passphrase on your gadget to complete the pairing.
  • The wizard manages the connection, once its complete, click Next.

Apple Mac computers

  • Open System Preferences and click on Hardware.
  • Select the Bluetooth tab, then click Setup New Device.
  • The Bluetooth Setup Assistant starts, click Continue.
  • Choose your gadget type. Ensure your gadget is set to discoverable, then click Continue.
  • The setup assistant searches for your gadget and lists any gadgets found.
  • Select your device from the list, then click Continue, then Continue again.
  • The setup wizard displays a passcode: type the passcode into your gadget.
  • The next screen shows any additional services or options you can choose for your Bluetooth gadget — choose any you want to enable, then click Continue.
  • Once complete, click Quit.
  • Restart your computer.
 

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