The major advantages that the Bluetooth technology has over
the current infrared (IrDA) technology, basically breaks down into
- Range (or Distance)
- dependency on line-of-sight
The reported range (or distance) limitations for Bluetooth at
the moment is over 30 feet, where as infrared
limited to a 3 foot range. In order to establish
Bluetooth wireless technology simply have to come within
a 30 feet of each other and the connection is made. You can clearly
see the applicable advantages to this even in the home environment.
In addition to the extra range
over infrared, it also provides
a benefit that no infrared device can, by delivering true
connectivity without the line-of-sight limitations of infrared.
No longer does a user have to worry about having all of their peripherals
in the same room, but they can easily place products anywhere throughout
the house or office and have complete unobtructed use.
Your laptop can now easily send information to a printer in the
next room, or you could use your mobile phone to control your home
system, car, washer and dryer or any of the multitude of devices
that are enabled with Bluetooth, with many more currently