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Adding Bluetooth-Enabled Devices to Windows Vista Computer

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Bluetooth is a wireless technology that provides wireless communications among computers, printers, mobile phones, PDAs, digital cameras, and other digital electronic devices. You can connect as many as eight devices together with Bluetooth, with one device acting as the master device and up to seven slave devices. Here are a few initial steps to add several bluetooth devices with your MS Vista.

Install a Bluetooth mobile phone

Some Bluetooth mobile phones can connect to a computer to synchronize phone articles and transfer files. Some (but not all) mobile phones can also act as modems to connect to the Internet. Make sure that you read the documentation that came with the phone so that you understand how to make the phone discoverable, how to name the phone (if necessary), basic information on setting up a passkey, and whether or not you can use the phone as a modem. If your mobile phone can act as a modem, you’ll need a dial-up Internet account to connect to the Internet. Most likely this will be a mobile service provider. You’ll need to know your user name, password, carrier code or phone number, and other basic account information prior to setting up your Internet account. Only your Internet service provider (or mobile service provider) can give you that information. The exact procedure for installing a Bluetooth phone will vary from one phone to the next. But to get started, make sure that discovery and the ability to add new devices is enabled on your PC. Then, follow these steps:
Right-click the Bluetooth Device Notification area icon and choose Add a Bluetooth Device. Or, open the Bluetooth Devices dialog box from Control Panel or its notification icon, and click the Add button at the bottom of the Devices tab.
Follow the instructions presented by the wizard, and as specified by the mobile phone manufacturer.

If the phone you installed in the preceding steps can act as a modem, you can then proceed with the following steps to set up a Bluetooth connection to the Internet:

  • Open the Network and Sharing Center folder by clicking the Start button and choose Control Panel. If Control Panel opens in Category view, click Network and Internet. Open the Network and Sharing Center icon.

  • Click Set up a connection or network from the left column.

  • Select the option Set up a dial-up connection and then click Next.

  • If your computer sees the mobile phone connected via Bluetooth, it will prompt you for the information. When the information is filled out, click the Connect button to continue.

  • When you have successfully dialed your ISP, either click the link Browse the Internet now or click the Close button.

  • When your connection is configured, you should be able to get online by opening Network and Sharing Center from the Control Panel. Click Connect to a network link on the left side of the window.

Install a Bluetooth keyboard or mouse

To install a Bluetooth keyboard or mouse, you must first connect the device by cable, or use a cable-connected mouse or keyboard to provide the initial connectivity. Also, you must know how to make your mouse or keyboard discoverable (visible). If you’re not sure how to get started, refer to the instructions that came with the mouse or keyboard. If you’re installing a keyboard, check its documentation to see if the keyboard supports the use of a passkey. And if so, find out if it already has a pre-assigned passkey, or if you can use a passkey of your own choosing. Then, to perform the installation, follow these steps:

  • Right-click the Bluetooth Device Notification area icon and choose Add a Bluetooth Device. Or open the Bluetooth Devices applet from Control Panel or its notification icon, and click the Add button at the bottom of the Devices tab.

  • Choose My device is set up and ready to be found and click Next.

  • Click the discovered device’s name, and then click Next.

  • If you’re adding a keyboard, do one of the following as appropriate for your device:

  • To have Windows create a safe, random passkey, click Choose a passkey for me.

  • If your device has a predefined passkey, choose Use the passkey found in the documentation, and then type the passkey.

  •  If you want to create your own custom passkey, click Let me choose my own passkey, and then type a passkey.

  • If the device doesn’t support the use of passkeys, choose Don’t use a passkey.

  • Click Next and follow the remaining instructions presented by the wizard.

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