Using an Infrared Link - Page 2

 By Brien M. Posey
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Infrared Printing

Printing to an infrared-enabled printer is almost as easy as transferring files over an infrared port. Before you can begin printing, you must install a driver for the printer. This process is largely automatic. To do so, position your PC in range of the printer's infrared port (about one meter). After a few seconds, the PC will recognize the printer. You'll then be prompted to install the drivers for the printer. Once the drivers have been installed, the printer icon will appear on the taskbar's status area.

When you install an infrared-enabled printer, you're basically installing a printer that works identically to any other type of printer. From Windows 2000's perspective, the only difference between an infrared printer and a printer that's connected to an LPT port or to a network port is that the Windows 2000 redirector directs printer communications to an infrared port instead of to a parallel port or a network port. The process of printing to an infrared printer is no different than printing to any other type of printer except for the fact that you must establish an infrared link before you begin printing.


Transferring Images from a Digital Camera

In Part 2, I discussed a few settings that can be used to control the way that Windows 2000 receives images from a digital camera through an infrared port. Basically, once you've enabled those settings, you're free to begin transferring images. Windows 2000 has very little to do with the process, aside from acting as a receiving device. The communications process is initiated by the camera itself. As you might imagine, the process of sending the files varies for different brands of cameras. You need to know, though, that for this process to work, the camera must support the IrTran-P protocol. If the camera doesn't support this protocol, you'll be limited to using software included with the camera to transfer files rather than using native Windows 2000 software to get the job done.

As you can see, in spite of the complexities involved in the way that infrared communications work, it's simple to use your notebook computer's infrared port to accomplish basic tasks. Establishing an infrared link is largely automatic, and the process of transferring files across the link is merely a matter of using drag and drop. //

Brien M. Posey is an MCSE who works as a freelance writer. His past experience includes working as the director of information systems for a national chain of health care facilities and as a network engineer for the Department of Defense. Because of the extremely high volume of e-mail that Brien receives, it's impossible for him to respond to every message, although he does read them all.


This article was originally published on Nov 22, 2000
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