Bluetooth is being touted to be the technology of future for the masses and especially for home networks. Bluetooth technology is a wireless radio communication technology which operates over the 2.4 GHZ band for radio frequency. The technology is free of any license requirements and has been adopted by over 2000 manufacturer of mobile phones and accessories. Even computer manufacturers have integrated Bluetooth on their systems. For systems which don’t have in built Bluetooth, the USB Bluetooth dongle provides the requisite functionality.
A home network usually consists of one or two computers, a printer and a scanner. Bluetooth allows upto seven devices to be connected in a star formation using Bluetooth and these devices communicate to each other in a secure environment using radio waves. Such a network of devices usually confined to a single room or two not beyond 10 meters, is called the Piconet or the personal area network.
Piconet using Bluetooth wireless technology to communicate does not require the devices to be in the line of sight. Bluetooth can be called a junior cousin to Wi-Fi technology on a much smaller scale and range though offering similar functionality. Bluetooth enabled devices like phones, printers, scanners, digital cameras, web cameras; computers as a whole are some of the devices which can be a part of any Piconet created using Bluetooth technology. Care must be taken that all devices which you try connecting to the Piconet are Bluetooth enabled and carry the official Bluetooth logo which is a mark of compliance to Bluetooth standards.
If you want freedom from wires, Bluetooth is the right technology for you. It allows you to operate your own private network which is fully secure and robust. It allows full synchronization between all your Bluetooth enabled devices and as the device comes within the Piconet range it automatically get detected by the other devices and gets connected instantly.