Bluetooth Revealed: An Insider's Guide to the Open Specification for Global Wireless Communications

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The Bluetooth specification, which describes a way for electronic devices to communicate with one another at close range by means of radio signals, has great potential. The open standard promises to make mobile phones, personal organisers, and digital cameras wireless and far easier to use. In Bluetooth Revealed, a couple of experts who helped hammer out the Bluetooth specification (version 1.0B, specifically) take a shot at elaborating upon what's in the standards documents. They also share some of their imaginings about how Bluetooth connectivity might be put to use. The result of their efforts is a surprisingly readable book that should fit the needs of hardware and software developers planning to support the Bluetooth platform.

After some discussion of wireless devices and the generalities of the Bluetooth specification, the authors approach their subject in progressively greater detail, defining terms and referring to conceptual diagrams as they go. Emphasizing protocols that are unique to Bluetooth communication (such as RFCOMM, which allows applications to treat a radio link exactly like a hard-wired serial port), the authors show exactly how Bluetooth devices arrange themselves into wireless networks. They then explain how the networked devices exchange commands, files, and multimedia streams. They give fair hearing to the specification's shortcomings too, noting for example that it's okay for sharing voice signals among devices but not so good for sharing high-quality music signals.

The authors of Bluetooth Revealed would be the first to concede that the Bluetooth standard is evolving, and will certainly change faster as more manufacturers adopt and supplement it. Regardless, this book is a valuable statement of the Bluetooth vision, straight from a couple of its creators. --David Wall

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Table of Contents
I. INTRODUCTION. TO BLUETOOTH WIRELESS COMMUNICATION.

1. What Is Bluetooth?

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group. The Bluetooth Name and History. Reader's Guide to This Book.

2. Technology Basics.

Wired and Wireless Communications. Radio Frequency Wireless Communications. Infrared Wireless Communication. The Bluetooth RF Communications Solution.

3. Bluetooth Usage Models.

The Cordless Computer. The Ultimate Headset. The Three-in-One Phone. The Interactive Conference (File Transfer). The Internet Bridge. The Speaking Laptop. The Automatic Synchronizer. The Instant Postcard. Ad Hoc Networking. Hidden Computing.

4. Introduction to the Bluetooth Specification.

Purpose of the Specification. Scope. The Specification's Structure. Relationships. Guide to Understanding the Specification.

II. THE BLUETOOTH SPECIFICATION EXAMINED.

5. The Bluetooth Protocol Stack.

The Protocol Stack Components. The Transport Protocol Group. The Middleware Protocol Group. The Application Group.

6. The Lower Protocols of the Transport Group.

The Bluetooth Radio. The Link Controller and Baseband. The Link Manager and Link Manager Protocol. Summary.

7. The Upper Protocols of the Transport Group.

The L2CAP Layer. The Host Controller Interface (HCI). Summary.

8. The RFCOMM and SDP Middleware Protocols.

The RFCOMM Protocol. The Service Discovery Protocol (SDP).

9. IrDA Interoperability Middleware Protocols.

IrDA and Bluetooth Wireless Communication Compared. The IrDA Interoperability Protocols.

10. Audio and Telephony Control.

Audio and Telephony Control Operation.

III. THE BLUETOOTH PROFILES EXAMINED.

11. The Bluetooth Profiles.

The Version 1.0 Profiles.

12. The Generic Profiles.

Relationships. The Generic Access Profile. The Service Discovery Application Profile. Summary.

13. The Telephony Profiles.

Relationships. The Cordless Telephony Profile. The Intercom Profile. The Headset Profile.

14. The Serial and Object Exchange Profiles.

Relationships. The Serial Port Profile. The Generic Object Exchange Profile. The Object Push Profile. The File Transfer Profile. The Synchronization Profile.

15. The Networking Profiles.

Relationships. The Dial-Up Networking Profile. The LAN Access Profile. DUNP and LAP Compared. The Fax Profile.

IV. THE FUTURE OF BLUETOOTH TECHNOLOGY.

16. Beyond the Version 1.0 Specification.

The SIG Reconstituted. Bluetooth Products.

17. Concluding Thoughts.

Interoperability. Opportunities.

Bibliography Cited References. Index.

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