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..:: MSI PC2PC Bluetooth ::..

MSI was the first mainboard manufacturer to bring Bluetooth solutions to their line of products. MSI’s PC2PC Bluetooth is a wireless technology that is supposed to revolutionize personal connectivity between enabled devices. Bluetooth allows for short-range wireless data connections for computers, handheld devices, printers, fax machines, and a wireless internet connection. The way that Bluetooth technology works can be explained rather easily. In order to exchange data back and forth between two Bluetooth-enabled devices, one of the devices must first request a connection with another. The device that sends this request is known as the client, while the recipient of this request is known as the server. The server will choose whether to accept or reject the connection. Nearly all Bluetooth-enabled devices can operate as either a client or a server, however some are only limited to one of the two available options. The client device typically attempts to run a software program that will request a connection with the server. An example of this would be one user attempting to access files stored on a remote computer. When the user goes to access the files, the client system will send out a request to connect with the server, and if the connection is accepted the user can now surf through the files on the remote computer system. Bluetooth is constantly running on any device that provides a service, as it must be immediately prepared to accept or reject a connection request. Simple enough? On to the hardware & software!

The MSI PC2PC Bluetooth kit comes along with two devices. The first is the Transceiving Module. This module is mounted in one of the rear expansion slots, although it does not utilize a PCI or CNR slot, it instead is connected to a header on the mainboard via a short cable, or plugs directly into the motherboard via a port on the side of the module. On the rear bracket of the Transceiving module are two LED’s, one red, and one green. The green LED indicates the connection status, while the red LED indicates the power status. The rear bracket also features a small coaxial like connection for the Dipole Antenna. When the Dipole Antenna is connected, it must be placed in an open area free from signal disruption. Once this in complete, you’ll have to fire up the system and install the Bluetooth software onto the computer. The other device that MSI includes is a USB Transceiving Key. This can be plugged into another desktop system or laptop quickly and easily in order to send data back and forth. As with the Transceiving Module, this “Key” has two LED’s, only this time the connection LED is blue, while the power LED remains red. Simply plug in the Transceiving Key, turn on the system, and install the software. Speaking of the software, how about we take a better look at it, shall we?

When the software is installed for both of the Bluetooth devices, you’ll be able to do several things. The software will create an icon entitled “My Bluetooth Places.” Here you’ll be able to access all of your available Bluetooth devices for whatever reason need be. If you click on the “My Device” menu, you’ll see the seven different options you have for the Bluetooth device. These are Bluetooth Serial Port, Dial-Up Networking, Fax, File Transfer, Information Exchange, Information Synchronization, and Network Access. Nearly all of these options should be self explanatory, however I’ll go over each real quick. Bluetooth Serial Port enables a wireless connection between two devices that may be used by an application as though it were connected through a wired serial cable. Dial-Up Networking allows the Bluetooth client to utilize a modem that is physically attached to the Bluetooth server. Fax is very similar to Dial-Up Networking, however it just allows for a fax to be sent wirelessly using a Bluetooth server. File Transfer allows you to swap files back and forth and do other small tasks such as this between the client and server. Information Exchange allows a connection between the client and server to exchange personal information such as business cards, notes, email, etc. Information synchronization uses the connection to synchronize personal information on two different Bluetooth devices. Lastly, Network Access allows the client to have access to the LAN through the Bluetooth server if the client has permission to do so. As more and more Bluetooth-enabled devices begin hitting shelves, this will become of more interest to a good portion of consumers.