Learn More About Bluetooth
Tenth Century Scandinavian king, Herald Bluetooth, only wanted unity in his kingdom. During a time when there was many wars between Denmark, Norway and Sweden, this king pursued his request of unity. This piece of history is what brought the founders of Bluetooth it’s name. The objective for Bluetooth technology was to unify and connect many industries, like mobile phones, computing and automotive markets. With the unity similarities the name Bluetooth became the product.
Establishing Bluetooth technology in 1998, Eriksson, IBM, Intel, Nokia, and Toshiba formed a group called Bluetooth Special Interest Group. In 1999 3Com, Lucent Technologies, Microsoft, and Motorola joined the group.
Bluetooth was created to provide a low power product using wireless technology via radio signals for communication and data transfers. Products that can be used with Bluetooth servers are laptops, mobile phones, digital cameras, audio equipment, and printers. This eliminated any cable networking.
This type of technology does have range limits. The standard range for effective use is 10 meters or around 33ft. There is a high-powered Bluetooth option that is capable of over 100 meters. Data can be transferred by using low range radio signals. Frequency capabilities are between 2.402 GHz and 2.480 GHz. Signals are sent at about 1 mili watt. This limit’s the range for which data can be sent.
In order to send or receive data, devices will need to be within 30ft of each other. It is possible to connect up to 8 different services to Bluetooth as long as they stay within the 30ft range. Consumers may use Bluetooth for wireless headsets of mobile phones, keyboards, mouse, wireless internet, printers, GPS receivers, and remote controls.
Even though this device provides wireless freedom, it can bring forth serious security issues. The connected devices communicate directly with each other rather than going through a Wireless Access Point (WAP). This process allows for the possibility of hackers to interfere in your devices. To keep you safe the need for updated security software is very important.
Manufacturers that combine Bluetooth capabilities in their products are: Sony Ericsson, BlueAnt Wireless, GOERTEK ELECTRONICS, Jabra, Philips, Logitech, Motorola Inc, Nokia, LG Electronics, CSR (Cambridge Silicon Radio plc), Plantronics, Broadcom, Samsung, and BLUETREK.