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Q: Can I connect Amiga Explorer by using a Bluetooth serial adapter?



A: Yes. Bluetooth serial (EIA-232) adapters, available in good computer shops, are architecture-neutral, i.e. they are the same for PC, Amiga and other systems.

On a Bluetooth-enabled PC, Amiga Explorer also works with a Bluetooth serial adapter attached to the Amiga serial port. The PC side must support the Bluetooth Serial Port Profile, which makes it possible to select the Amiga side as a standard COM port in Amiga Explorer. Depending on the adapter, no configuration may be required (the adapter attached to the Amiga serial port automatically runs as a "slave"), or, in some cases, the adapter must first be connected to the PC serial port and configured via the included software. Some adapters have a built-in web server which allows for remote configuration. In either case, no Bluetooth software is required on the Amiga. A 9-pin to 25-pin adapter may be required to connect a 9-pin Bluetooth EIA-232 adapter to the Amiga DB-25 serial port connector.

Bluetooth serial adapters include Baracoda's Serial Dongle,  Free2move's F2M01 plug, Inventel's BlueAirPlug, LinTech's Bluetooth RS232 Adapter, Roving Networks' BluePort XP,  SMART Modular Technologies' Blue Lapis Serial Port Adaptor, Socket Communications' Cordless Serial Adapter and Sphinx Elektronik's PICO Plug. These devices are not endorsed and have not been tested by Cloanto. Also be sure to verify the power supply requirements and/or if separate means of power supply are available (Amiga models other than the A1000 only supply 12 Volt power over the serial port, whereas some adapters require 5 Volts).

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Article Information
Article ID: 13-193
Platform: Windows
Products: Amiga Explorer, Amiga Forever
Additional Keywords: RS-232
Last Update: 2008-10-25
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