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Product: Wireless Optical Desktop for Bluetooth
Company: Microsoft
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Review By: Robert Stein

Bluetooth Technology

Table Of Contents
1: Introduction
2: Design
3: Bluetooth Technology

Bluetooth is the most advanced wireless technology today, which enables cable free connections with Bluetooth compatible devices. Currently, there are 769 Bluetooth compatible devices on the market, including: printers, phones, etc. With the Microsoft transceiver (or any transceiver) you can use a total of seven Bluetooth devices at once without the need for an additional transceiver. Therefore, you can use an additional 5 devices along with the Microsoft Optical Desktop for Bluetooth. The Bluetooth standard only works on Windows XP platforms or higher.

On my machine the Wireless IntelliMouse Explorer for Bluetooth did not skip or seem to hesitate as compared to a wired mouse. I took both the mouse and the keyboard completely across the room and both worked just fine – the only problem was I couldn’t see the monitor to well! The technology works up to 30 feet / 9.1 meters from the transceiver. The technology from the non-Bluetooth wireless products only extended to 6 feet! A technical aspect:

“Unlike many other wireless standards, the Bluetooth wireless specification includes both link layer and application layer definitions for product developers which supports data, voice and content-centric applications. Radios that comply with the Bluetooth wireless specification operate in the unlicensed, 2.4 GHz radio spectrum ensuring communication compatibility worldwide. These radios use a spread spectrum, frequency hopping, full-duplex signal at up to 1600 hops/sec. The signal hops among 79 frequencies at 1 MHz intervals to give a high degree of interference immunity. Up to seven simultaneous connections can established and maintained.” Bluetooth,

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