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Serial Cable using IrDA Protocol
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Applies to:

Microsoft Serial Cable using IrDA Protocol




Bluetooth, Infrared and Mobile


Windows 7 32-bit

File Size:

503 KB

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  • Max Speed: 115.2 Kb/sec
  • Peak Wavelength: 850 - 1050 nm
  • Communication Distance: 0 - 250 cm
  • No External Power Source Required
  • Connection Interface: Serial Port


The Serial Cable using IrDA Protocol software component provides support for serial cables using the IrDA standard. This is used by many devices, including serial port to IrDA infrared adapters. These adapters allow users to add an infrared port to a computer using a serial connection. Many devices, like laptops, mobile phones, digital cameras and handheld gaming consoles have the option of using infrared technology to transmit data. With this port, users can connect to such infrared-ready devices without having to hunt for the device-specific cable. With data transfer speeds of up to 115.2 Kb/sec and no limit on the amount of data transferred, this is a very useful product for those who have devices that can be connected to a computer.

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The IrDA, or the Infrared Data Association is a group that provides protocol specifications regarding infrared communication. These specifications are used by a wide range of consumer digital electronics products all over the world, including digital cameras, printers and medical equipment, among others. IrDA is extremely secure, in most cases far more than other wireless technologies like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. It is also quite stable and accurate, having very low BER (Bit Error Rate). However, data transfer using infrared is only possible if there is a clear line of sight between the two devices. Additionally IrDA hardware tends to be more expensive than other wireless technologies.