"What is Personal Area Networking?"

PAN is a type of network that covers communication between electronic devices on our desktops or in close proximity - up to approximately 10 metres.


The Bluetooth™ Revolution

In the past you've been held back by the tangle of wires and cables around your desk. But not any more.

Toshiba's innovative wireless PAN solution based on revolutionary Bluetooth technology - opens up new dimensions in remote and mobile connectivity, enabling notebooks, PCs, mobile phones, PDAs, digital pagers and other electronic devices, to talk to each other without the need for cables.

Unlike infrared technology, Bluetooth devices require no line-of-sight connectivity, and can operate through walls or even from within your briefcase.

This low-cost radio technology enables you to effortlessly and securely connect your portable PC with a colleague's machine, link your desktop PC or notebook with the office printer, even access the Internet or corporate network via your mobile phone - and all without a cable in sight.

Toshiba's Bluetooth solution also includes SPANworks® - the innovative 'team computing' application software that supports spontaneous networking among notebooks and allows users to effortlessly share presentations, files and business cards.

How Bluetooth™ was born

In 1998, a group called the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) was formed, composed of world leaders in the telecommunications, computing and network industries, including Toshiba. Today there are more than 2000 member companies from diverse sectors of industry supporting this innovative technology.

Aims of Bluetooth™ SIG Group

Aim was to develop a technology that would revolutionise the personal connectivity and communication market by providing freedom from wired connections.

Bluetooth is a trademark owned by Telefonaktiebolaget L M Ericsson, Sweden and licensed to Toshiba.