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Adding a Bluetooth Device (Windows Vista)

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Bluetooth wireless technology provides short-range wireless communications that replace the physical cable connections that traditionally link electronic devices, such as printers, audio devices, and computers. Some examples include:
  • Sharing pictures with other Bluetooth devices nearby.
  • Sending files to a Bluetooth printer.
  • Transferring files to nearby Bluetooth systems.
  • Listening to music on a Bluetooth headset.
Bluetooth networking comes preinstalled in some HP and Compaq computers. Bluetooth can also be added by installing Bluetooth hardware. Installing Bluetooth hardware can be as simple as inserting a Bluetooth USB dongle into an open USB port and waiting for Windows to detect and setup the new hardware (Plug and Play).
Figure 1: Bluetooth USB dongle
This document explains how to add a connection to a Bluetooth device and how to add the Bluetooth devices icon to the system tray.

Adding a Bluetooth device

  1. Click Start , Control Panel, and then click Network and Internet.
    The Network and Internet window displays.
    Figure 2: Network and Internet window
  2. Click Bluetooth Devices.
    The Bluetooth Devices window opens.
    Figure 3: Bluetooth Devices window
  3. Click Add.
    The Add Bluetooth Device Wizard opens.
    Figure 4: Add Bluetooth Device Wizard
  4. Set up the Bluetooth device, using the checklist displayed in the Wizard.
  5. Check the box next to My device is set up and ready to be found, and then click Next.
    Figure 5: Add device window
  6. Select the Bluetooth device to add, and then click Next.
    If the device is not on the list, make sure the device is turned on and then click Search Again.
    Figure 6: Passkey window
  7. In the passkey window, select the passkey option that best suits your needs, and then click Next:
    NOTE:It is recommended to use a passkey unless the Bluetooth device does not support one.
    • Choose a passkey for me: The wizard randomly generates a passkey.
    • Use the passkey found in the documentation: If the documentation that came with the Bluetooth device specifies a passkey, select this option and type the key into the text box.
    • Let me choose my own passkey: Type your own passkey into the text box.
    • Don't use a passkey: No passkey is used to connect to the Bluetooth device.
  8. If you chose to not have a passkey, go to step 9.
    If you chose to have a passkey, the Wizard displays the passkey. Type the passkey into the Bluetooth device to install onto the computer with Windows Vista.
    Figure 7: Exchanging passkeys window
  9. Click Finish to complete the Wizard.
    Figure 8: Wizard completion window
    Your computer and the Bluetooth device can now communicate whenever they are within range of each other.

Adding the Bluetooth Devices icon to the system tray

Add the Bluetooth Devices icon to the system tray to quickly add a device or change Bluetooth settings. Follow these instructions to add the Bluetooth Devices icon to the system tray:
  1. Click Start , Control Panel, and then click Network and Internet.
    The Network and Internet window displays.
  2. Click Bluetooth Devices.
    The Bluetooth Devices window opens.
    Figure 9: Bluetooth Devices window
  3. Click the Options tab.
    Figure 10: Bluetooth Options window
  4. Place a check in the box next to Show the Bluetooth icon in the notification area, and then click Apply.
    The Bluetooth Devices icon () displays in the system tray.
  5. Double-click the icon to open the Bluetooth Devices window, or right-click the icon to quickly access common tasks for Bluetooth devices.

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