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IBM developerWorks: IBM develops Bluetooth network simulator

Mar 11, 2001, 18:53 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steve Brody)

[ Thanks to Frank for this link. ]

"Open source BlueHoc simulator provides ad-hoc Bluetooth environment for app development."

"Back in July, IBM set the ball rolling for Bluetooth development on Linux, by releasing the BlueDrekar protocol stack for Linux, and open-sourcing a driver for the HCI UART transport layer. Now developers have access to BlueHoc, another tool which will help them bring Bluetooth application designs to fruition. The software simulates (1) the lower layers (including radio, baseband, and link layer) of the Bluetooth specification, and (2) an ad-hoc indoor wireless environment consisting of several Bluetooth devices. BlueHoc will thus allow developers to design and test applications in a realistic network environment."

"The Bluetooth standard is a short-range wireless communication industry specification that allows portable, personal devices to interact which each other and with other stationary devices. It primarily serves as a replacement for peripheral cables and other short-range wireless technologies like the infrared data access standard (IrDA). However, unlike IrDA, this technology uses the spread-spectrum radio frequency, and therefore supports omnidirectional multiple connections without requiring communicating devices to be in the line of sight."

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