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Infra red connection to mobile phone

Discussion in 'Archive: Phones & Handheld Devices' started by john1, Apr 5, 2010.

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  1. john1

    john1 Thread Starter

    Nov 25, 2000

    I would like to use the infra-red facility to connect my PC with my mobile phone,
    but i am having some difficulty in figuring out what to do.

    Can i send a text message to my mobile phone via infra-red ?

    Where can i find out the various things that you can do with infra-red ?

    Phone: .... Nokia ...... 5210
    Laptop: ... Libretto ... 100
    O/S: ...... Win98se

    Any help gratefully recieved,
    John :)
  2. DoubleHelix

    DoubleHelix Banned

    Dec 9, 2004
    No, you can't send text messages between your computer and the phone using infrared. Is the phone even active? It's very, very old.

    There's really nothing you can do with an infrared connection between a very old computer and a very old cell phone.
  3. john1

    john1 Thread Starter

    Nov 25, 2000

    Hi Double-Helix,

    Thank you for your reply, athough its not very encouraging.
    Yes the phone is not a new one, it doesn't have a camera in it.
    And its not even a colour screen.
    On the plus side, yes it still works fine as a telephone.
    Its very rugged with a hard rubbery case.
    And a very ordinary ring tone,
    unusually these days it actually sounds like a telephone ringing.

    I have recently gotten more into sending texts, but the phone buttons
    annoy me when using them as a keyboard. I find it awkward to insert punctuation
    and time consuming to insert capitals in a sentence and so on.

    Someone pointed out that my phone has an infra-red link, and that i might find
    it easier to write a short text in notepad, and send it to my phone via the
    infra-red link.

    I became intrigued by this and tried to get somewhere along these lines.

    After managing to actually establish an infra red link to the PC laptop,
    i could not figure out what to do to exchange or send information.

    I find it hard to think that the manufacturers have included a function
    which can not do anything with the infra red link on a PC laptop.

    I realise that the IR system on the Nokia 5210 is an older system,
    so maybe i have to get drivers to suit it put onto the PC laptop.

    Still looking around here and there trying to find out about it.
    I have downloaded a handbook/manual for the 5120 but its info on the
    IR system is very vague, to the point of being useless.

    Here is an example of the usefullness of the information provided:



    ©2002 Nokia Corporation. All rights reserved.

    Note: Your phone must be switched on to use this function.
    Do not switch the phone on when wireless phone use is prohibited
    or when it may cause interference or danger.

    Sending and receiving data via the IR port
    1. Ensure that the IR ports of the sending and receiving devices are pointing at each other
    and that there are no obstructions between the devices.
    The preferable distance between the devices is one meter at most.

    2. To receive data to your phone,
    select the Infrared menu and press Select to activate the IR port.

    3. The user of the sending phone selects the desired IR function to start data transfer.
    If data transfer is not started within two minutes after the activation of the IR port,
    the connection is cancelled and will have to be started again.
    Do not point the IR (infrared) beam at anyone’s eye
    or allow it to interfere with other IR devices.
    This device is a Class 1 Laser product.

    See also Sending and receiving a business card on page 36,
    Fax or data call on page 54 and Sending a note via IR in Calendar (Menu 7) on page 76.

    IR connection indicator (icon)

    When (icon) is displayed continuously,
    the IR connection is activated and your phone is ready to send or receive data
    via its IR port.

    When (icon) blinks, your phone is trying to establish a connection
    with the other device or a connection has been lost.



    I'm afraid the rest of the manual has virtually nothing about the IR port.
    Some of the info is useful, like the two minute cut-off.
    And that the phone should be within one metre.

    I will continue looking around for info on how to use the IR port
    Cheers, John :)
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