Infrared Data Association
Infrared communications is cool!
IrDA stands for the Infrared Data
Association which is an association of companies formed to create
low cost infrared communications standards.
Here's an overview of the
IrDA Serial Infrared Data Link from
Useful IrDA information can be found at
IrDA Serial Infrared Interface technology page.
The IrDA port on the Butterfly allows it to perform serial
communications at 115.2 Kbps with IrDA devices such as printers
and other ThinkPad computers.
Upgrade your existing hardware to support IrDA
You can buy IrDA adapters from a number of sources. With them,
you can upgrade your existing computers and printers to work with the IrDA
link built into the Butterfly. Of course you can also
buy new hardware that has native IrDA such as the
HP LaserJet 5P printer and most new notebooks.
Extended Systems Inc. is one
company that makes. Their JetEye
series has applications for both parallel printer and RS-232.
It's probably possible to play
between two IrDA equipped laptops; but the range of
IrDA is one meter so you'll have to be close.
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