In the previous article on Bluetooth we saw a little bit of the history, functionality and operation of the devices. We saw that in order for two devices to communicate, a “link” had to be made between them (with some honourable exceptions), which establishes a relationship of trust between the two devices.
Let’s start by setting up a mobile phone and seeing what features we can have. Specifically, the phone is a Sony Ericsson k750, without a doubt the best phone I’ve ever had (and there are a few already). Sony Ericsson phones have great compatibility and ease of connection with Macs, as we will see in other articles. Well, the first thing to do is go to the menu of Bluetooth and select the option to configure device Bluetooth , it will open a window with the assistant. Select that you want to add a mobile phone, and the wizard will look for the mobile phones around you. When we find ours, we select it and continue. The Mac will ask the mobile phone about its features and supported services. When it has the information, we can move on to establish the “link”.
A message will appear on our mobile saying that our Mac wants to connect, and the key to be entered on our mobile will appear on the Mac. After entering it correctly, the link process is completed. You will also be asked if you want to access the Internet via your mobile phone using a GPRS connection. Another advantage of Bluetooth is to use your mobile phone as a modem and connect to the Internet, but this is the subject of another article.
We can now start using the various services available. To find out what they are, access the Bluetooth preference panel and select your mobile from the existing devices.
As you can see in the picture, we have the name of the device, its address (which is saved on the Mac when you link it, so you don’t have to re-set it), the type of device (phone), the services it supports, and other information about whether it’s linked, whether the setup is completed, whether we’ve marked the device as a favorite device, and whether it’s connected. We can also see which services our Mac supports, by doing the same operation on the phone, accessing the list of supported services (which on our Mac will be Object Push and File Transfer).
Many of you may be wondering if it’s possible to use your Mac as a hands-free device. Well, that’s not possible today. Hands-free service is not available because the service is not developed.
The configuration indicates that we have selected which services we want to use on the device. If we click on configure, the services of the mobile will appear. As you can see, we can use iSync to have both our computer and our phone with our contacts and calendar information, that the phone can be used with the Address Book, access the Internet using a data connection from the phone (not recommended because of the high rates we currently have and the low connection speed), and a last option to be able to control our Mac from the phone (more information about this in a future article). If iSync is selected, pressing continue will open iSync so we can add our phone and configure synchronization options.
iSync allows the synchronization of the information we have in the Address Book and in iCal with our mobile or PDA or other portable devices that have Bluetooth . This is a good idea, because if we lose our phone, we’ll have a backup of our contacts on the Mac. If the new phone has Bluetooth, synchronizing your information will put all your contacts back in your pocket. The option to synchronize iCal will allow us, apart from not forgetting any birthdays, to remember all our appointments.
In the Sharing option of the Preferences Panel Bluetooth we can configure some options of the services offered by our Mac, such as File Transfer and the folder of our computer that can be browsed by other devices; File Exchange, to know what to do with the different types of files and information received and the folder in which these items will be recorded; and the configuration of the communication port for the synchronization of a PDA by Bluetooth
In the Bluetooth menu on our Mac, the Send File and Explore Device options appear. The first option can be useful for sending music, ringtones, wallpapers, etc. to your mobile. The second option is just the opposite, to see what content the mobile has or to download the photos we have taken with the camera on the mobile to the Mac.
In the next article we will see some programs that allow us to get a lot out of the communications Bluetooth . Don’t miss it.