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By brettmick ·
This has caught me cold. Win98 allows you to bind your Infrared device to a virtual Com port, so my Timeport IR phones modem drivers can be bound to a COM port. Windows 2000 white papers claim that this concept is too difficult for users, and have scrapped it, but now what do I bind my drivers to? I am going slowly nuts here.....

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by borjamartinez In reply to Win2K Infrared

You are right, it is not supported. See the following Q252795 titled "No Support for Mapping Virtual COM Ports to Infrared Ports" for more details on reasons.

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Infrared ports cannot be mapped to a Virtual COM port in Windows 2000.

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Windows 2000 does not support virtual serial ports and does not provide a
general implementation of IrCOMM to map the ports. There are several reasons for
this:

- Multiple applications cannot share avirtual serial port. The problem
presented here, is that an IrCOMM-based program, such as the Microsoft H/PC
Explorer or an IrTran-P-based file transfer program running as a background
service can open the single virtual serial port and hold it open until you
shut down the computer. No other IrDA program or driver is able to run on
that computer. This is true, even though the underlying IrDA protocols
provide support to allow multiple programs to wait for incoming connections.
- Windows 2000 IrDA connections must be supported by multiple device
connections. Windows 2000 supports multiple concurrent adapters and IrDA
connections to different devices, and cannot support an API and protocol that
uses a single device connection.

Attempting to do IrCOMM would have inherit limitations that would not work
through the existing serial API, which would prevent the ability to do full
error-correction in the IrDA stack and create unreliable connections.
For more information on IrDa support in Windows 2000 see the following Microsoft
Web site:

http://www.microsoft.com/hwdev/infrared/IrCOMM.htm

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by matthias.schleicher In reply to Win2K Infrared

Hi!

A beta driver is available under:

http://motorola.terrashare.com/win2k.htm

This solves the problem!

rgds Matthias

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