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Windows® 98 Unleashed by Paul McFedries

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Setting Up an Infrared Device

Many of the latest notebook computers come with a built-in infrared (IR) port. This port acts like both a serial port and a parallel port, and you can use it to transfer files and send print jobs. (For sending print jobs, you need a printer—such as the HP LaserJet 5MP—with an IR port. You can find more on this topic in Chapter 21, “Prescriptions for Perfect Printing.”) You can also purchase infrared devices that attach to a serial port. In all cases, the device acts much like a serial port in that it sends data one bit at a time. However, instead of using electrical signals (high current and low current) to represents the 1s and 0s of binary data, IR devices manipulate infrared light waves.

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