Why this? Unfortunately Linux users are not always supplied with the necessary hardware information. Sometimes it is possible to look at this information in Microsoft-Windows. Sometimes its even useful to connect the two. Linux could also provide occasional access point services to a Microsoft-Windows laptop of a friend dropping by.
Where to get it from? At
in the directory
Microsoft(tm) has three versions of IrDA support for Windows95. The
version number can be found in the "Software" icon in the Control
Panel and the file
Version 1.0 is still delivered with some hardware.
Version 2.0 is the version they currently offer at their web site. It is in the self-extracting file W95IR.EXE. The last time I looked (1999-02-21) it was 434KB and was found at http://support.microsoft.com/download/support/mslfiles/W95IR.EXE the link is dead now. Their website is frequently changing, so do not be surprised to find the file (also) in another location or not at all.
Version 3.0 can/could be found in their downloadable Infrared development kit IRDDK30, but is mostly useful for developers. It is internally different from 2.0, it is based on "miniport" network drivers, just like the Linux version. It exists for some time and has some support for NT, but it clearly did not make it into the mainstream NT4.0 distributions. For 95 you are probably better off with 2.0. The choice may depend on the documentation of the drivers you get with your specific hardware.
The Microsoft website also used to contain a nice utility IrXfer, contained in the archive IRXFER.EXE, This is the Infrared Transfer utility, which uses an IrOBEX variant I think, it is referenced in the IrOBEX protocol description. The utility was freely downloadable, but I could not find it the last time. It is a nice graphical utility which can be used to transfer files over IrDA between computers.
With some machines, e.g. a HP Omnibook 800 it is necessary to use a vendor specific version of this package (for the HP Omnibook 800 you may find it on the recovery CD).
As far as I know Window$NT doesn't support IrDA(TM). About Window$98 I have heard there is no IrDA(TM) support yet. Countersys claims to sell an IrDA solution for NT4.0 to support their JetBeam product, Microsoft refers to them for it.
You may use IrNET .
Ha Duong Minh: Today I am delighted to report that ircp from the OpenOBEX project , works like a charm to transfer files between my Linux box and its Microsoft-Windows98 cousin. It can't be simpler: ircp file1, file2, ... to send or ircp -r [DEST] to receive files over IrDA.
IrCOMM2k is a driver by Jan Kiszka for Windows 2000 and XP. It emulates a serial port which can be used to exchange data with mobile devices. For example, some cellular phones are able to act as modems or fax devices. PDAs with infrared interface can be synchronized with the PC. IrCOMM2k is an Open Source project according to the terms of the GPL.