Using Infrared to Communicate with Devices

One of the nuisances you face when moving around with laptop computers is the extra burden of carrying cables, network adapters, and PC Cards. In a temporary office, you have to get out cables, pull out printers, crawl around on the floor routing cables, and install drivers before you can finally print. Then you leave a few hours later.

Most of these nuisances go away if you use a laptop computer with IrDA in an office with IrDA-compatible equipment. IrDA is an abbreviation for the Infrared Developers Association—an industry association that has agreed on communication standards between infrared devices. The IrDA standard ensures that devices from different hardware and software manufacturers will work ...

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