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Category: Data Collectors / Carlson Explorer
Topic ID: 361
Title: Using Bluetooth ActiveSync with the Explorer
Created: 0000-00-00Last modified: 0000-00-00

Here is the instructions for getting Bluetooth ActiveSync working:

!!!Warning!!! 
This isn’t a perfect set of thoroughly tested instructions --- This is just a general set of 10 steps to follow that should point you in the right direction.  Any further support at this time from Carlson Software is not available concerning the issue of Bluetooth ActiveSync connections, please understand that we are providing assistance w/ Microsoft ActiveSync, www.Socketcom.com Bluetooth CF Card & a 3rd Party or a Socket Bluetooth adapter on the Desktop PC.  We don’t manufacture the hardware or write the software for any of these Three things, therefore it becomes extremely difficult to try and provide further support for a connection using all three. 
!!!Warning!!!


1)     Make sure we are using ActiveSync version 3.8 or higher

2)     Hook up the Data Collector to ActiveSync w/ the Serial Cable at least one time FIRST

3)     Get into the Bluetooth Configuration on the Desktop Computer and setup a “Virtual Serial Port” so that the Bluetooth can utilize a Specific Com Port Number {i.e. – Com 5}

4)     In the Bluetooth configuration on the Desktop --- set the computer to be “Discoverable” by other devices

5)     Set the Connection Settings in Microsoft ActiveSync on the Desktop Computer to the “Virtual Serial Port” established in step 3 {i.e. – Com 5}   &  make sure the box is checked to say “Allow Serial Connection…”

6)     On the Data Collector --- tap on the Blue B down by the System Clock and tap on Bluetooth Activesync

7)     It will search for the Desktop, you have to check the box to say “save for future use” and tap the Desktop ID that pulls up in the list {If it doesn’t show up in the list on the data collector: your computer isn’t set to discoverable} then tap on Select to “select the desktop ID name”

8)     It will prompt you for a Bluetooth Passkey on your Desktop Computer, enter any four digits and click OK.

9)   When the Data Collector asks you for a passkey, enter the same four digits and tap Reply.

10)  At this point, the ActiveSync should activate and the Green Circle should start to spin as it establishes a Bluetooth connection to the Data Collector.   Once it connects, you are all set.  

!!!WARNING!!! --- When you are finished using ActiveSync you need to properly close the Bluetooth Connection each time or your Data Collector may not work properly with GPS or Total Station equipment through Bluetooth = MAKE SURE to double tap the little icon down by the Clock on the Data Collector in the Bottom right Corner - just to the Left of the Blue B = it should pop open a Window that says Hide & Disconnect --- TAP ONCE on Disconnect.   Now after 5 or 10 seconds, the ActiveSync icon on the computer should change from Green to Gray.  Now you have safely disconnected your bluetooth connection and you can power off your Data Collector.

Note:   To revert the ActiveSync back to a cable connection, simply change the Com Port in ActiveSync on the Desktop / under File / Connection Settings = from the Bluetooth Assigned Com number back to Com1.

11)  TO activate the Bluetooth Connection w/ ActiveSync in the future --- On the Data Collector: 
just tap the Bluetooth B down by the clock and tap Bluetooth ActiveSync / then tap the Select Button.

 

!!!Warning!!! 
This isn’t a perfect set of thoroughly tested instructions --- This is just a general set of 10 steps to follow that should point you in the right direction.  Any further support at this time from Carlson Software is not available concerning the issue of Bluetooth ActiveSync connections, please understand that we are providing assistance w/ Microsoft ActiveSync, www.Socketcom.com Bluetooth CF Card & a 3rd Party or a Socket Bluetooth adapter on the Desktop PC.  We don’t manufacture the hardware or write the software for any of these Three things, therefore it becomes extremely difficult to try and provide further support for a connection using all three.



jg

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