Some FAQs about PCs you wish you knew before you bought it!

Wednesday, December 24, 2003

Q:What is Bluetooth? I heard it's some sort of wireless protocol. Can it access WiFi?
Bluetooth is a standard to connect peripherals without wires. For example, a phone can talk to a headset without wires. A PDA can talk to a printer without wires, and so on. The bandwidth is relatively low and range is limited to maybe 50 feet or so.

WiFi, which is essentially wireless Ethernet, is designed as a full-fledged network standard. Thus, it really has NOTHING to do with Bluetooth other than they are both wireless, and they both can be used by PC.

So to answer the original question, Bluetooth CANNOT access WiFi access points.