Bluetooth Glossary

Below, you'll find a list of the most used terms in Bluetooth technology. They can serve as a look up, or to help you learn more about Bluetooth terms in general.

2 in 1 handset: The situation where a subscriber's handset is acting as a remote handset to a base unit that provides a network connection.

3G: Third generation, referring to the next generation of digital phone technology.

802.11 WLAN: A wireless LAN specification defined by the IEEE.

Access code: Each base band packet will start with an access code, which can be one of 3 types - CAC, DAC, and IAC.

ACK: Acknowledge.

ACL: Asynchronous Connectionless Link. This is one of the two types of data links that are defined for Bluetooth.

ACO: Authenticated Ciphering Offset.

Active mode: During the active mode, the unit will actively participate on the channel. The master will schedule the transmission based on traffic demands from the different slaves.

AP: Access point.

Authentification: The process of verifying who is at the opposite end of the link.

Authentification device: A device whose identity has been verified during the lifetime of the current link based on the authentification procedure.

Baseband: This describes the specification of the digital signal processing aspect of the hardware - the controller - which carries out the baseband protocols.

BB: Abreviation of baseband.

BD: Bluetooth device.

BER: Bit Error Rate.

The above is more of an intro to the terms that are used with Bluetooth. Bluetooth currently has hundreds of devices, making it the best wireless solution in the world. With more coming out every day, you can bet that Bluetooth will be around for many years to come.

If you are new to Bluetooth, the terms used can be very helpful. There are hundreds of glossary terms that apply to Bluetooth, many of which describe shortcuts to common terms. You can learn a lot by reading over the meanings, especially if you have never used Bluetooth technology before.

Those of you who have experience with Bluetooth, can look over the glossary of terms to brush up on your knowledge or just check out what an unfamiliar term actually means. Nothing is complicated with the meanings, although they make take some getting used to.

Once you have been around Bluetooth for a while, you'll find yourself right at home with the terms and meanings to the technology. All you need to do is play around with it, and read books or manuals whenever you get the chance. Before you know it,you'll be a professional in the vast world of Bluetooth wireless.