Turning Bluetooth® on and off in HP Mini 311 series
What are the guidelines to turn Bluetooth on and off in HP Mini 311 series?
One of the benefits HP Mini 311 series provides its users lies in its network connectivity powered by integrated 802.11b/g wireless LAN and Bluetooth. These not only gives you the power to work from virtually any where with Hot Spot ranges but also create a personal network with other communicating devices, i.e. smart phones, Bluetooth enabled cell phones and laptops to share files for free. In a non professional term, Bluetooth technology is a device (transceiver) with the capability to generate and receive radio signals. Unlike infrared, the device is not limited to a line of sight through obstacles like walls may impede signal transmission. In addition, it has an operating radius. To give you a better insight on its functionality, the article discusses how Bluetooth works, when to turn on and off Bluetooth in your laptop and things to keep in mind:
- How Bluetooth works
- Turning on and off Bluetooth in the Mini notebook
- What to know
How Bluetooth works
With this new technology, the definition to networking has been completely re-engineered by eliminating the need for user effort and lowering transmission powers in order o save on battery power. It is a networking standard that uses a transceiver (a low power radio) to generate and receive radio signals. Devices utilizing this technology create what is known as personal area network (Piconet) that creates a medium for sharing files. It can be used to create a connection of up to 8 devices simultaneously within a radius of 10 meters. Transmission of data signals is not based on a line of sight, and uses spread spectrum frequency to avoid collision during transmission.
Turning on and off Bluetooth in the Mini notebook
A number of avenues exist by which this task can be completed. To go through various Wi-Fi/Bluetooth settings, on the keyboard press a combination of ‘Fn + F2’ keys. As you do so, you will see on the screen whether the device is being switched on or off. During they system boot up process, press ‘F2’ continuously until the BIOS screen is displayed. Under the ‘Power Management’ settings menu, check for options to disable Bluetooth.
One of the main concerns in any form of wireless communication is security. When sending sensitive data in a Piconet, care needs to be taken to prevent radio enabled devices from tapping into the transmission path. Some of the security features that can be employed by laptop users bent on relying on this technology as a means of communication include trusted device setting that prompts for user’s permission for connection to take place and service level security that manages unauthorized data transmissions.