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Network Programming for Microsoft® Windows®, Second Edition by Jim Ohlund, Anthony Jones

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Infrared Sockets

Infrared sockets, or IrSock, are a new technology first introduced on the Windows CE platform. Infrared sockets allow two PCs to communicate with each other through an infrared serial port. Infrared sockets are now available on Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows 2000, and Windows XP. Infrared sockets differ from traditional sockets in that infrared sockets are designed to take into account the transient nature of portable computing. Infrared sockets present a new name resolution model that will be discussed in the next section.

Addressing

Because most computers with Infrared Data Association (IrDA) devices are likely to move around, traditional name-resolution schemes don’t work well. Conventional resolution methods assume that ...

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