What is Bluetooth?


Today, many tech devices rely on Bluetooth™ technology. It has become a household name and the norm for many communication tools. Not only popular in personal devices, Bluetooth is also making its way into the unified communications world from small businesses up to the enterprise. We've outlined what is Bluetooth, how the technology is used, and where you might want to employ Bluetooth in your organization.

What is Bluetooth and How Does It Work?

Developed by Swedish engineers at Ericsson, Bluetooth first hit the consumer marketplace in 2000. This wireless communication standard allows you to connect different devices in seconds. Although Bluetooth is slower than today's WiFi connections, it's easier to set up and ideal for transferring data. Nearly every smartphone, tablet, and laptop on the marketplace supports Bluetooth, not to mention printers and other accessories.

Instead of relying on pesky wires, Bluetooth operates over short-range radio waves. Every Bluetooth-capable product has a special computer chip that can send and receive information over this radio frequency band. This makes it easy to "pair" (i.e. connect) two or more devices when they are within range of each other.

What is Bluetooth Used For?

Here are just a few practical functions where Bluetooth comes in handy:
  • Connecting Devices: This is the main reason why Bluetooth was invented. Two or more devices can connect wirelessly to your computer, such as your mouse, keyboard, and printer. You can also pair your smartphone with a wireless speaker, connect a wireless headset to your smartphone, and much more.
  • Transfer Files Wirelessly: Once you've connected two devices via Bluetooth, it's easy to transfer files between them. For example, you can transfer documents from your PC to a mobile device, send photos between smartphones, and exchange files between Bluetooth-capable computers. This saves time that you'd normally spend sending files to a hard drive or cloud-based service first, allowing you to make direct transfers.
  • Tether Your Connection: When working remotely, you may find yourself in a situation without Internet. Fortunately, Bluetooth allows you to "tether" a smartphone to your PC, so you can share the cellular network with your computer as well. This is also possible over WiFi or a direct cable connection.

Is Bluetooth Secure?

There is always a security concern when it comes to a wireless connection. Bluetooth is no different and can in theory be susceptible to spying. However, in most devices, there are settings in which you can establish “trusted devices”, switch to “non-discoverable” mode, etc.

In an office setting with many Bluetooth signals, it's important for IT managers to maintain a secure network. For example, employees should update to the latest Bluetooth version on all their devices, so that the wireless connection isn't compromised. Since it operates over short distances, Bluetooth is a difficult protocol to hack, but it's better to be safe than sorry.

Bluetooth in the Office

There are countless applications for Bluetooth technology in an office setting, from wireless headsets to conference speakerphones. Devices like the YVC-200 can be an easy connection and a huge help in an office setting where employees want to have a high-quality audio conversation instead of relying on laptop or cellphone microphones and speakers. All in all, the Bluetooth protocol can make impromptu conference calls and data transfers easier than ever.

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