3Com Wireless Bluetooth PC Card,
USB Adapter, and Printer Adapter
Bluetooth™ Connection Manager provides 128-bit encryption support and
automatic discovery and point-and-click link manager layer authentication means
management of devices, resources, and Bluetooth devices are identified by their
services. unique address and PIN, so users can
exchange information securely.
The PC Card’s XJACK® antenna delivers Flexibility
clear, interference-free reception,* while Our printer adapter allows users to enable
the USB adapter’s compact form factor wireless printing at any printer equipped
gives Bluetooth connectivity to notebook with a parallel port.
• Provides automatic discovery and and desktop PCs with a USB port. The
point-and-clickmanagement of high power, integrated antenna in the
devices, resources, and services. printer adapter gives you connectivity to a
printer at distances up to 100 meters.
• Makes information sharing
Bluetooth is an open, global standard for Maximum data transfer rate is up to
• Updates contact databases and radio links that provides affordable wire- 1 Mbps. These radios also use a signaling
calendars on Bluetooth devices less connections between PCs, handhelds, technology called frequency hopping
quickly and conveniently. mobile phones, printers, and many other spread spectrum (FHSS) to minimize inter-
devices, along with access to network ference and enhance security.
resources. The Bluetooth specification
defines a low-power radio link optimized As part of the Bluetooth solution
for secure short-range connections, and from 3Com®, we offer the 3Com Wireless
lays out standard steps for connecting Bluetooth PC Card, USB adapter, and
various types of devices. Bluetooth printer adapter. They make it easy to
radios—which can be incorporated into connect your notebook or desktop to other
most any electronic device—offer a Bluetooth-enabled devices. Our Bluetooth
universal wireless communication link that solutions provide a liberating combination
enables reliable interoperation between of pervasive connectivity and personal
devices from different manufacturers. mobility.
Bluetooth radios operate in the 2.4 GHz
spectrum. Each unit includes a radio, a
baseband link controller, and software for
link and data-flow management. The
Bluetooth specification defines two radio
choices: a low-power level with up to a
10-meter range primarily intended for
client devices, and a high-power level with
a 100-meter range for public access
devices. Bluetooth devices can connect
simultaneously with up to seven devices.
*If interference occurs, its severity depends on number of users, physical conditions, and other electronic devices in the area.
3COM ® WIRELESS BLUETOOTH ™ PC CARD, USB ADAPTER, AND PRINTER ADAPTER DATA SHEET
Easy-to-Use Software devices and data, we offer 128-bit encryp-
Bluetooth Connection Manager makes wire- tion support and link manager layer
less connections point-and-click simple. It authentication. As a result, Bluetooth
automatically discovers and displays other devices are identified at the physical layer
Bluetooth devices within range, and by their unique addresses and PINs. Plus,
By the year 2005, provides easy-to-follow wizards for users can set up usernames and passwords.
connecting to other devices and utilizing the Now your users will be able to exchange
more than 670 services they offer. Simply follow convenient information more securely and confidently.
million devices will screens and prompts to:
be equipped with • Locate and identify accessible Bluetooth
Our Bluetooth PC Cards and USB adapters
also simplify the process of connecting to
Bluetooth technology • Initiate connections to accessible devices networks. If you’re working within range of
Cahners In-Stat a Bluetooth LAN access point and want to
• Exchange files
connect to the network, your device auto-
• Assign trust levels to frequently accessed matically finds the access point so that you
remote devices, maximizing collaboration can link to the LAN and its resources. Or
while maintaining the security of your you can jump on the Internet* or LAN by
information dialing up, using your Bluetooth mobile
• Set security levels for the local devices phone.
• Set passwords
• Manually terminate connections With a 3Com Wireless Bluetooth PC Card or
• Enable or disable local devices USB adapter, synchronizing the calendar and
contact lists on your notebook or desktop
Reliable XJACK Antenna and Bluetooth handheld or Bluetooth mobile
The 3Com Wireless Bluetooth PC Card phone is a snap. There are no connecting
features our award-winning XJACK tech- cables or line-of-sight requirements to
nology. Position the unique XJACK antenna complicate the update.
up and away from the notebook, to minimize
interference caused by the notebook and Walk-Up Printing
greatly improve Bluetooth transmission and When you choose our Bluetooth printer
reception. Plus, the antenna retracts back adapter, you get the convenience of wireless
into the card for safe transport. printer sharing, Bluetooth connections for
existing and new printers, and an extraordi-
Built-In Security narily fast and easy setup. Just connect our
With 3Com Wireless Bluetooth PC Cards, Bluetooth printer adapter to the parallel port
USB adapters, and printer adapters, going on your printer, and follow the simple instal-
wireless doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice lation instructions. Then print from your
security. To safeguard your Bluetooth Bluetooth-enabled PC or PDA.
The Bluetooth SIG The Bluetooth specification was developed oping Bluetooth products. By 2005, more
by a special interest group (SIG) that’s than 670 million devices will be equipped
Ensuring Cross-Vendor supported by nine promoter companies— with Bluetooth wireless technology,
Interoperability 3Com, Ericsson, IBM, Intel, Agere, providing a basis for wireless connectivity
Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia, and Toshiba. and information exchange (Cahners In-Stat
Today, more than 2,000 adopter companies Group, 2001).
embrace the standard and are rapidly devel-
3COM ® WIRELESS BLUETOOTH ™ PC CARD, USB ADAPTER, AND PRINTER ADAPTER DATA SHEET
Bluetooth/Wireless The Issues Resolving the Issues
Can Bluetooth and 802.11b co-exist? Yes. As a member of the Bluetooth SIG, WECA, and
LAN Co-Existence However both technologies operate in the the IEEE, 3Com is working with other industry
2.4 GHz spectrum, so interference can occur. leaders to develop technology that will reduce
Although the potential for interference is and eventually even eliminate interference
very low, there is a possibility that the two between Bluetooth and Wireless LAN.
technologies may interfere with one another
when they’re simultaneously transmitting in There’s no reason to hesitate deploying
close proximity. Interference typically appears either technology. 3Com is committed to the
as an interruption of the 802.11b signal with future of both the Bluetooth and 802.11b
performance degredation, but no physical standards and is actively researching addi-
damage to either system. Moving devices tional techniques to ensure coexistence.
further apart usually solves the problem.
Bluetooth Connection Manager Provides automatic discovery and point-and-click management of devices, resources, and services.
Drag-and-drop file sharing Makes information sharing simple—enhancing collaboration and productivity.
Wireless device synchronization Updates contact databases and calendars on Bluetooth devices quickly and conveniently.
Simple printer setup Equips printers with Bluetooth connectivity in just minutes.(printing kit only)
XJACK antenna (PC Card only) Delivers clear, interference-free reception—under optimal conditions—in a durable, retractable design.
Unique form factor Provides Bluetooth connectivity to notebooks and desktops with a USB port.
(USB adapter and printing kit)
128-bit encryption support Lets users exchange information in privacy.
Physical authentication Identifies individual Bluetooth devices by their unique addresses and PINs.
User-level authentication Keeps information secure by enabling users to create usernames and passwords.
Wireless dial-up Internet and LAN connectivity Connects to the Internet* or LAN through Bluetooth cellular phones or through Bluetooth LAN
public access devices.
Software and firmware upgradeable Updates your 3Com Wireless Bluetooth client products with downloadable flash applications.
Bluetooth 1.1-compliant data stack Supports interoperation with all current and pending Bluetooth 1.1-compliant devices and applications.
Windows OS support Supports Windows 98 SE, 2000, XP, and Me operating systems.
Wireless printing (printing kit only) Enables walk-up printing from any printer with a parallel port.
(Printing kit comes with printer adapter and with USB adapter for desktop or notebook PC.)